ITW Security Division has launched its latest innovation in the security documentation market with its new PC Protek™ printed polycarbonate (PC) which enables governments and document issuers to incorporate a wide range of security features within ID cards and passports to protect them from counterfeit and provide authentication.

Previously the features used in PC products were limited due to the combination of high heat and pressure during their manufacturing process and so many security features were only possible within traditional laminates and overlays. This often meant that secure document designers had to choose between the advantages of a PC structure and the authentication provided by premium security features.

PC Protek™ has changed this, enabling designers to create a secure, durable card that cannot be delaminated, ensuring a 10 year document life, together with highly secure technology features that add depth and complexity to protect it from counterfeiting and enable easier authentication.  

Commenting on the launch Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s Business Unit Manager said “Polycarbonate has become the substrate of choice for many ID and document programmes worldwide, due to its durability and 10 year life span. The challenge however was how to add the security and authentication features seen in other substrates. By harnessing the experience and technologies available from our Fasver team we have been able to incorporate a wide range of patented and unique security features that offer the best of both worlds - a highly durable and secure card or passport.”

PC Protek™ is unique to ITW Security Division’s customers with a range of overt, covert and forensic security technologies available for integration into the PC card or passport page structure. Meeting the demand for Level 1 security features that are easily validated by officials, PC Protek™ now enables a number of highly visual printed security technologies to be added.

ITW Security Division’s expertise ensures that effects such as metallic and thermochromic inks as well as the unique OVTek® which employs proprietary technology to create an optically variable colour pattern depending on the angle of view, are able to withstand the PC manufacturing process and therefore protect the card’s variable data without effecting the personalisation laser.

“We are already seeing tremendous interest in our PC Protek™ due to its unique capacity to introduce high impact printed security technologies within the structure of the final document; security is literally built into the PC Protek™ card,” concludes Bob Carey. “This combined with the experience of our Covid & Fasver teams, means that ITW Security Division is now more than ever able to meet the demanding production requirements of personal ID and secure government documents worldwide.” 

About ITW Security Division

The ITW Security Division was formed in 2012 through the coming together of the management teams, technologies and resources of Covid, Fasver® and Imagedata™. Leveraging the strengths of these brands, the ITW Security Division today offers the secure document market a single source supply for high security laminate documents and dye diffusion (D2T2) ribbons.

As an independently operated division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company, we have the financial resources necessary to continually invest in new technology, research and development. This global footprint and view has enabled us to supply products to more than half the world’s countries from our secure facilities in the UK, France and USA.

At ITW Security Division we understand that the foundation for secure materials begins with highly secure manufacturing facilities. We manufacture products from start to finish in one of our secure facilities enabling us to meet the ‘under-one-roof’ production requirements demanded by many governments.

Our products and technologies driven by our Covid and Fasver® brands have developed a global reputation for highly advanced security solutions. Overt, covert and forensic security technologies are customised to the specific requirements of each document program to enable the widest combination of personalisation methods and substrates for passport and ID card issuance worldwide.


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