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  • 30 June 2020 11:55

KURZ celebrates 50 years in Australia

Leaders in brand protection, document embellishment & security

Sydney, 30 June 2020: KURZ, a leading supplier of metallised transfer solutions for security and surface decoration, is celebrating half a century of innovation and growth. Every day, more than five billion people around the world encounter KURZ products - in packaging and labels on food products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, Government Access and Identity Cards, Maritime Security Identification Cards, passports, drivers’ licenses, number plates, credit cards, and Australia’s new polymer banknotes. Brand owners and Governments alike rely on KURZ to protect and differentiate their products.

The $100 banknote is the last in the “new” series of Australian currency notes and is due to be circulated in late 2020. Stephen Pratt, Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand for KURZ, explains that “the security features of the new jolly green giant are similar to those in the $5, $10, $20, and $50 banknotes issued progressively since 2016. All include a top-to-bottom clear Kinegramatic window from KURZ containing several dynamic features which include reversing numbers and flying birds whose wings change colours, along with various micro texts and colour shifts.”

Other security features include a patch with a rolling colour effect, and microprint featuring excerpts of a letter written by Monash and Melba's autobiography, ‘Melodies and Memories’. Similar to the rest of the series, it has a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between different denominations, and also features a unique native Australian flora (wattle) and Australian bird.

Specifically, the $100 note shows off the Golden Wattle (Acacia pyncantha) and the Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae). “Both form part of the innovative new KINEGRAM security features from KURZ which help secure the note from counterfeiting,” said Pratt. “It’s just one of the reasons more than 110 governments around the world, including the Reserve Bank of Australia, choose to work with KURZ to protect their banknotes and important government documents.”

KURZ was originally established in Fuerth, Germany over 120 years ago and set up on Australian shores in 1970. The company has spent the last half a century in Australia leading brand embellishment, protection, and document security with sustainability at its core. “We have inscribed sustainability as one of our documented corporate goals.

Life cycle thinking is how we convey our approach to customers, designers and brand owners in Australia and across the world - our mindful outlook to the environment and resources continue to be a top priority as we head into our next 50 years,” concludes Pratt.

About KURZ

The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot & cold transfer and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic transfers for packaging or printed products, touch and embedded surface controls for electronic devices or automotive interfaces, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications.

With over 5,500 employees in 14 production plants across Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, complemented by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ continuously invests in new technologies and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces.

To arrange an interview with Stephen Pratt from KURZ, please contact Rachelle Edmonds by emailing rachelle.edmonds@kurz.com.au

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