New LEXAN™ Film from SABIC Helps Smart Card Manufacturers Increase Security and Combat Counterfeiting

Smart card, passport and e-ID manufacturers will be able to integrate next level security features using a patented UV laser-technology thanks to the new LEXAN SD film overlay, a polycarbonate (PC) based material from SABIC, launched at the Cartes Secure Connexions trade show in Paris.

The demand for more sophisticated solutions to protect government ID cards and other related documents has led SABIC to pioneer the development of a PC material technology that enables customers to apply a ghost image into the card or document and create a tactile white marking which will fluoresce under UV light, all during the personalization phase, giving manufacturers greater flexibility in design.

Highlighting the relevance of this first-of-its-kind SABIC patented solution, Bart Kiekens, Global Product Manager of Security e-ID Card Films for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, said: “Identity theft, counterfeiting and other serious threats call for constant vigilance and innovation in ID card design. This new material from SABIC not only introduces a higher level of security, it also allows for easier manufacturing at a low cost and greater flexibility by allowing advanced security features to be applied during the personalization phase.”

He added: “This latest solution builds upon SABIC’s legacy and commitment towards helping card manufacturers deliver more secure products that are harder to copy, yet easy to detect by government officials.”

This highly transparent PC based film from SABIC, which will become available in gauges of 50 and 100 microns, is able to make the manufacturing process easier through a simplified integration of additional security features. Additionally, the product can be laminated using standard lamination parameters that are used to produce polycarbonate cards.

SABIC will showcase its broad portfolio of  LEXAN SD film solutions for electronic security documents at booth 4K 098 at Cartes Secure Connexions in Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, held 4-6 November. Among other benefits, the low and controlled shrinkage of the LEXAN SD films allow manufacturers to use heat and pressure to join all layers together to form a card that cannot be pulled apart. These films are also ideal for different types of printing and security features as they can be screen printed, offset printed or even hot-stamped to integrate a hologram.

Potential applications for SABIC’s portfolio of LEXAN SD films include electronic ID cards, government and police ID cards, passport data pages, green cards, and driver’s licenses. 

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