LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG

LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG, or KURZ in short, was founded in 1892 in Fuerth, Germany, as a manufacturer of genuine gold leaf. KURZ developed the world’s first vacuum-metalized hot stamping foil and pioneered the industrial production of hot-stamping foil.

Central banks and banknote printers in over 80 countries have placed their trust in KINEGRAM features from KURZ to secure their banknotes against counterfeiting threats and enhance their optical attractiveness. KURZ is the leading supplier of foil security devices for banknotes around the world, and the trusted partner of many of the world’s most renowned banknote issuers. OVD Kinegram, member of the KURZ Group since 1999 and inventor of the KINEGRAM security element, is the driver behind technological advancements. Highly motivated experts from both companies tirelessly devote their efforts to constant innovation. Internationally certified high security production plants in Germany and Switzerland guarantee consistent quality in mass industrial quantities.

Moreover, KURZ is the global market leader in many other areas of hot stamping technology and foil-based optically variable security features. KURZ provides complete solu- tions that include foil delivery, project consultancy as well as machine and stamping die technology. With over 4500 employees and more than 120 years of company history, KURZ continues to be family owned.

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OVD Kinegram AG

OVD Kinegram AG, based in Zug, specializes in the design, production and supply of the KINEGRAM® optical security feature to protect government documents and banknotes. The KINEGRAM was invented by OVD Kinegram AG and was at the forefront of determining the worldwide standards for optically variable devices, so-called OVDs. It is one of the most important security features for counterfeiting prevention and authenticity verification, tusted by over 100 countries and deployed to protect more than 500 government-issued identity documents.

In recent years OVD Kinegram has also innovated state-of-the-art digital solutions for the verification of both the physical and electronic security features in government documents such as electronic ID cards, passports and driver’s licenses. These digital products encompass SDK solutions for integration in document authentication software on both mobile, i.e. smartphone, and desktop, i.e. document reader, platforms. Current applications include solutions for ID verification both in-person and online, on-boarding and Know Your Customer for e-government and financial institutions, traveller facilitation, border control and law enforcement. OVD Kinegram AG is a Swiss subsidiary of the KURZ Group. 

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News

The Flight of the Bees

Polycarbonate-based ID documents are highly counterfeit-resistant – in combination with a KINEGRAM. Very recently, we developed a full-face protection for polycarbonate documents: Both ID-1 and ID-3 formats can now be equipped with a KINEGRAM Full Data Protection solution.

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New Albanian 10,000 Lekë Banknote with registered KINEGRAM® Stripe

In June 2021, the Bank of Albania will release the highest denomination of the Lekë issued so far into general circulation – the 10,000 Lekë, secured with a registered KINEGRAM® stripe from KURZ.

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KURZ featured in 7th Banknote Technology Report

The Banknote Technology Report, by the established Banknote Industry News, is a leading publication and important source of information for the banknote industry.

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