KURZ are the global market leader in manufacturing thin-film technology and distribute a premium range of products, consisting of foils for decorating products, enhancing brands, protecting surfaces and preventing counterfeiting. With over 100 years of experience KURZ develops all applied process technologies itself.
KURZ products are neither a laminate, metalised paper or board, they’re an aluminium transfer, about a tenth of the thickness of a human hair.
KURZ does not use any raw materials containing chlorinated hydrocarbons, cadmium, lead, mercury or hexavalent chromium for the stamping foil production.
KURZ transfer products are certified as recyclable materials. Foil does not affect the repulpability of the paper substrate.
The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has recently published a report that confirms the recyclability and repulpability of foil-decorated paper and paperboard. A well respected, third party research firm, Pira International in Surrey, England, performed the study. The study validates that foil, like ink, can be successfully removed by the flotation deinking process with no particles remaining once the paper is repulped.
The International Association of Deinking Industry (INGEDE) carried out a deinkability assessment of KURZ hot stamping and cold foil products, the key process steps for deinking are the detachment of the foil from the paper, the foil fragmentation into a suitable size range and removal from the pulp slurry. This gives a sufficient and reliable indication on how a foil product will perform in an industrial deinking plant. The total score was 100/100 points and deinkability was rated ‘good’.