New Members Boost for International Hologram Manufacturers Association

3 Jan 2024 | Press Release

The trade body representing the international hologram industry has announced changes to its executive board as it invests in strengthening its position as a leading authority on commercial authentication, ID security and packaging augmentation technologies.

The move sees Don Havourd, currently head of business development at US-based Hazen Paper Company, elected to the board to the board of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) alongside Sebastian Amezquita Niño, a senior researcher and director at Combustion Ingenieros S.A.S. and Colombian Imaging Technologies S.A.S in Colombia.

The news comes as the IHMA continues to develop and expand its membership base, in particular to include more non-traditional members coming from outside the security and brand protection industries.

The next 12 months will see developments in new anti-counterfeit technologies such as micro-lenses, micro-mirrors and plasmonics, which all require new foils, different manufacturing processes and different originating technologies, contribute to the growth of holograms.

“We will continue to see optical technologies merging with digital solutions and greater levels of optical security by combining technology functions,” said IHMA chair Dr Paul Dunn. “I feel this presents a strong future with holograms continuing to be a key component, reflecting how they are evolving, developing and finding new commercial outlets.”

Welcoming Don Havourd and Sebastian Amezquitato to the board, Dr Paul Dunn added: “The IHMA continues to move forward and work with members and organisations to ensure that it remains a strong advocate, industry voice and effective resource for the industry in the future. I look forward to working with colleagues in 2024 and beyond, helping our industry secure growth and innovate, as well as ensuring all involved in holography come together as one to secure the opportunities available for growth.”

The other IHMA members are currently Mark Deakes of ITW Security Division, Manoj Kochar of Holoflex and Ondřej Fedorčák of Optaglio a.s.

Don Havourd Sebastian Amezquitato
Don Havourd (left) and Sebastian Amezquitato (right)