Graphic Foils

Why use foil on your application?

In today’s competitive market, brand and product perception is key to survival. The use of foil on a product’s packaging or exterior will elevate this perception in the mind of the consumer, and increase product visibility. Synchron represents the Leonhard Kurz range of hot and cold stamping foils allowing you to achieve brilliant visual effects on a vast range of products.

Hot Stamping Foil versus Cold Foil Transfer

Throughout the years of print, hot stamping foil has been used by designers, brand and product managers to achieve visual effects on their packaging that no other print medium has afforded them. The brilliance of hot stamping foil creates high impact attention. Hot stamped foil offers a superior lustre and brilliance.

On the other hand, cold foil transfer is a foiling process relatively new to South Africa, whereby a UV adhesive is applied to specifically developed stamping foils, and cured through the carrier by means of a UV light (no expensive dies are used). Cold foil transfer cannot be compared to hotstamping and cannot be used “instead of” – the two foil processes serve different applications, yield different results, and satisfy varying needs.

Hot stamped foil offers you an incomparable lustre and brilliance in your result while cold foil offers a wider range of metallic shade possibilities via overprinting, faster turnaround times, and a more cost-effective option (no tooling requirements).

The properties, grades and qualities of all Kurz foils regarding release, edge definition, surface stamping properties, adhesion characteristics, temperature resistance, abrasion or scratch resistance, and chemical and physical resistance are harmonised for the respective applications.

Decorative Foils

Kurz Decorative Foils can be applied on the following substrates:

  • Graphic applications: various smooth/rough paper & board; coated/uncoated paper & board; acetate laminates; PE/PP laminates
  • Plastic applications: Polystyrene; ABS; PVC; SAN; PP & PE; PETG
  • Textile & Bookbinding applications
  • Wood / Furniture applications: Touchwood®
  • Picture Frame applications.
LIGHT LINE® Holographic Foil
Kurz’s range of decorative foil is visually exciting with diffractive (holographic) structures. LIGHT LINE® foil can be used on its own, or as a complement to our traditional product line. It is available in various designs to suit every need. Kurz recently unveiled their new and exciting range of LIGHT LINE® designs at the 2012 Drupa show.
COLORIT® Pigmented Foil

COLORIT® is an extensive and coordinated range of different grades and colours for use in the graphics and plastics industry. The COLORIT 900 series covers matte coloured foils while the COLORIT 800 series covers brilliant enamel colours. These colours are generally only brought in against specific customer orders.

Coding Foil & Thermal Transfer Ribbon (TTR)
Coding foils are used to stamp various markings onto product packaging, providing the consumer with important production information such as the expiration date, the production date, the weight, or the price. We have a wide range of grades and colours. Kurz Coding Foils are developed using non-harmful raw materials. Kurz does not use ozone-endangering substances commonly used in today’s market. This is of significant benefit to both processors and consumers.

Thermal Transfer Ribbon (TTR) came about from the need for a non-impact print method. TTR printing differs from the hot stamping process in that the ink is Thermal Transfer Ink and thus is activated by using only heat energy – no pressure – to bond the ink to the substrate using various conventional computerised printing methods. TTR is most commonly used for printing barcodes.

There are three types of Thermal Transfer Ribbon that vary in quality and scratch resistance:

  • Wax: least expensive; most suitable for short-term & disposable products; works best on paper and labels
  • Wax / Resin: premium/hybrid ribbon; good smudge resistance; works best on smooth papers & plastic labels
  • Resin: high-end ribbon; high scratch & smudge resistance; very durable ribbon; most commonly used on plastics.


New Developments at Leonard Kurz

Digital Metal
Digital printing can produce very refined results. Kurz has developed a finishing process that can conjure the most subtle metallic sheen onto digital print products. Previously, it was only possible to apply a true metallic gloss to paper or card stock using one of three finishing technologies: full-surface metal deposition, hot stamping, or cold foil transfer integrated into offset printing. Now there is a new way: a process Kurz call Digital Metal®.

Digital Metal® was unveiled at the 2012 Drupa show with overwhelming success! Synchron sells the consumables and machine as a complete system only and can supply you with pre-printed samples to gauge the brilliance of this new technology.

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