Covestro to release passport production solution


Secure document solutions provider Covestro to release passport production solution.

Covestro has developed a polycarbonate film called Makrofol ID, saying it is heat-resistant and tough yet elastic over a broad temperature range. 

A thin hinge is laminated into the inlay to ensure it is held securely in the passport. It is made from a multilayer composite film of the TPU film Platilon ID9122.

"The production process is highly efficient and the composite is also long-lasting. Passports can be opened and closed any number of times without affecting flexibility or tearing at the hinge. The composite film can also be stitched into the passport". 

The thickness of the layers in the composite films, which is thinner than for individual films, also enables greater design freedom. “This means the data page can be made thinner without sacrificing its excellent strength and flexibility,” explains Cengiz Yesildag, Global Segment Head ID/Security at Covestro. “This simplifies the integration of security features, and the thinner data page also saves money.”

As the TPU films soften at temperatures similar to or higher than the Makrofol® ID products in the data page, they cannot be separated from each other again without being destroyed. As a result, they can’t be used to manufacture new ID cards and thus offer excellent anti-forgery protection. In October, Covestro was awarded the Blue Shield Innovation Award for this development at the SDS Security trade fair in Beijing. 

Another security feature of the inlay is that it carries a chip and antenna. Covestro has extended its Makrofol ID range with thin, white films for this purpose. 

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