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Covestro at Cartes 2015 in Paris from November 17 to 19

Innovative film solutions for security cards

Even better forgery protection and productivity
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At Cartes trade fair, Covestro will be presenting the new Makrofol® ID Superlaser white line of laser-engravable polycarbonate films – three-layer films comprising a lightproof, white middle layer and two equally thin, laser-reactive facings. Passports made from this film can now be laser-engraved with the holder's data and photo in higher contrast than is possible with standard laser-reactive overlay films. Furthermore, the new film offers even greater forgery protection.

The forgery protection features of ID cards continue to be a critical issue and are one of the leading topics at this year's Cartes trade fair. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, develops film solutions that improve security and support efficient card manufacturing. The company will be presenting new and sophisticated products for ID cards at Stand 069 in Hall 4 J.

New to the line of laser-engravable polycarbonate films is Makrofol® ID Superlaser white, a three-layer film comprising a lightproof, white middle layer and two equally thin, laser-reactive facings. The already high laser-reactivity of the Makrofol® ID products has been increased another notch in this newcomer.

Fast, high-contrast personalization of passports
Passports can now be laser-engraved with the holder's data and photo in higher contrast than is possible with standard laser-reactive overlay films. Furthermore, the new film offers even greater forgery protection because personal data are contained in both the overlay and the core. This fact is an advantage for the thin passports that are currently in vogue, because they can be personalized more securely, faster and therefore more cost-efficiently.

From its Platilon® ID line, Covestro will be presenting a post-cured, thermoplastic polyurethane film that enables direct embedding of the card electronics. When combined with films made of other plastics, such as the proven Makrofol® ID polycarbonate products, it results in cards with a sandwich structure that offer significantly better protection against forgery.

Post-cured film offers greater protection
The secret behind this film: A heat-activated reaction causes it to form a three-dimensional network with high temperature resistance. This curing process lends the composite film greater stability, meaning that the cards are much more difficult to delaminate or manipulate.

The film can be processed like a hot-melt film at low temperatures, which is yet another advantage. Energy consumption can be reduced and the cycle time shortened as a result, saving both time and money in production. This also benefits the quality of the cards, since any integrated electronic elements, such as chips and antennas, are subjected to lower thermal loads and are embedded securely.

The Platilon® ID product is supplied in thicknesses of 25, 50 and 100 micrometers on a paper backing, and can be processed more cleanly and simply than conventional films. Cards can be produced in an efficient roll-to-roll process (R2R).

About Covestro:
With 2014 sales of EUR 11.7 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,200 people at the end of 2014.

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