LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG

Schwabacher Str. 482 , 90763 Fürth
Germany

Telephone +49 911 7141-0
Fax +49 911 7141-357
sales@kurz.de

This company is main exhibitor of

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 5 / A19
 Interactive Plan

Hall map

K 2016 hall map (Hall 5): stand A19

Fairground map

K 2016 fairground map: Hall 5

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.002  Decorative films

Decorative films

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.017  Stamping foils

Stamping foils

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.005  Parts made by laminating

Parts made by laminating

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.010  Parts made by injection moulding

Parts made by injection moulding

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.02  Follow on treatment of plastics products
  • 02.02.002  Galvanization

Galvanization

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.02  Follow on treatment of plastics products
  • 02.02.004  Type printing

Type printing

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.02  Follow on treatment of plastics products
  • 02.02.006  Embossing

Embossing

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.002  Plastics products and parts for automotive

Plastics products and parts for automotive

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.005  Plastics products and parts for household/consumer

Plastics products and parts for household/consumer

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.006  Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.007  Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.008  Plastics products and parts for data appliance

Plastics products and parts for data appliance

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.012  Plastics products and parts for medical engineering

Plastics products and parts for medical engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.002  Films

Films

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.03  Post processing machines and downstream equipment
  • 03.03.006  Slitter rewinders

Slitter rewinders

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.04  Machinery and plant for finishing, decorating, printing and marking
  • 03.04.002  Marking equipment

Marking equipment

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.04  Machinery and plant for finishing, decorating, printing and marking
  • 03.04.003  Embossing equipment

Embossing equipment

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.04  Machinery and plant for finishing, decorating, printing and marking
  • 03.04.005  Coating plant

Coating plant

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.04  Machinery and plant for finishing, decorating, printing and marking
  • 03.04.008  Equipment for In-Mould Decoration (IMD)

Equipment for In-Mould Decoration (IMD)

Company news

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Oct 20, 2016

New decoration technology for more design freedom

IPD-Skin process for flexible decoration of plastic components to be demonstrated live at K 2016

Fuerth/Germany, 4 October 2016: Whether it is cars, furniture, household appliances or consumer electronics, the consumers of today want to help create the look of the end-product by selecting color designs and surface structures, thereby expressing their own personal style. Industry is responding to this growing trend with short run items, customization options, and customizable product elements. The new IPD-Skin (Individual Post Decoration) decoration technology enables these requirements to be fulfilled in an economical manner. The IPD-Skin process involves permanently bonding a thin decorative layer to a pre-finished part. This downstream process allows finished low volume, one-off and prototype 3D components to be decorated directly and in a cost-effective manner. IPD-Skin also provides freedom in part design and surface decoration with only minor process limitations. It can be used to decorate highly three-dimensional parts and undercuts, and tactile surfaces with pronounced structures can also be implemented.

Leonhard Kurz, a global supplier of decoration solutions, will be presenting a live application of this process on an IPD-Skin machine from its collaborative partner Niebling at K 2016 in Düsseldorf. On display will be an automotive interior panel featuring a metallic design in conjunction with partial tactile accents. Kurz developed the IPD-Skin machine in collaboration with Niebling and adapted it to its own foil, die and process technologies.

"Thanks to the precise tailoring of all process components, we are able to achieve optimal decoration results and implement any special design requests our customers might have,” reports Martin Hahn, Head of Application Technology and Innovation at Kurz. "The IPD-Skin process is an ideal extension to our range of process technologies. It enables us to offer our customers more possibilities for implementing special design features, novel product presentations, and exclusive designs to set themselves apart from the competition.”

Hahn continues: "IPD-Skin is the perfect complement to our decoration processes, such as hot stamping, in-mold decoration or insert molding. Thanks to our comprehensive portfolio our customers can select the most efficient process for any application and thereby achieve decorated part assemblies with a homogeneous appearance.” 

Visitors to the Kurz booth A19 in Hall 5 will be able to experience the IPD-Skin machine in action and view the decorated components for themselves.

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Oct 20, 2016

Series production of decorated plastic parts with integrated sensor

Fürth/Germany, 21 September 2016: There is an increasing trend towards replacing mechanical knobs, buttons and switches in cars, household appliances and consumer electronic devices. Touch panels and displays with sensor technology are on the rise. In response to this megatrend, Leonhard Kurz has developed series-production ready solutions for the manufacture of decorated plastic components with embedded sensors.

Until now, plastic parts have predominantly been manually equipped with sensors using mainly the expensive OCA (optically clear adhesives) technology. Integration processes developed by Kurz, however, enable sensors to be applied very quickly and economically by machine.

The sensors, including electrical connection (tail), are permanently bonded to the component and are immediately functional. This has been achieved using the PolyTC sensor films developed by the Kurz subsidiary PolyIC. Compared to the ITO (indium tin oxide) films commonly used for sensors, the PolyTC films with high-resolution metal structures on a polyester carrier are significantly more elastic. This makes the sensors more deformable and thus suitable for curved surfaces.

A further advantage of PolyTC films is their high transparency and conductivity. This characteristic makes them ideal for use in automotive cockpits, where plastics with thicknesses of 2.5 and more millimeters may be used. While ITO films are no longer applicable at these thicknesses, PolyTC films remain reliably functional.  

Surface decoration and sensor function seamlessly combined

Kurz has developed plastic component decoration solutions that are tailored to the application of sensors. When metallic designs are employed, Kurz uses so-called NCVM (non-conductive vacuum metallized) films that do not interfere with the function of the capacitive sensor field. For surfaces with a dead front effect, translucent designs have been developed that are opaque when the illumination is inactive, but allow a backlit control panel to become visible on activation of the sensor. In the case of injection molded parts, a combined process has been developed that enables the component to be decorated and equipped with a sensor film in one shot.

At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Kurz will be presenting series production ready, and series produced plastic parts with integrated sensor functionality and an innovative surface design. Components from the white goods, consumer electronics and automotive industries will be exhibited. "We are proud that our complex technology now provides a means of industrially manufacturing these components,” reports Nick Wagner, Head of Plastics Decoration Sales and Marketing at Kurz and Managing Director of PolyIC. "We presented our combined touch sensor and decoration technology at K 2013. Now it's at series production maturity.”

To find out more, visit the Kurz booth A19 in Hall 5.

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Oct 20, 2016

New design options for automotive lighting

Leonhard Kurz presenting innovative backlit designs at K 2016

Fürth/Germany, 14 September 2016: A refined burl wood, cool chrome or elegant piano black look by day, mood lighting at night - Leonhard Kurz, one of the world's largest suppliers of decoration solutions for the automotive sector, has developed novel lighting design solutions that give automotive interiors a special ambience. In doing so, the company has responded to the growing trend for individualization. An increasing number of automotive customers have a desire to stand out from the crowd and create their own personal feel-good space. They want their car to be a place of retreat from the stresses of the outside world. Sophisticated ambient lighting can play a substantial role in this. Symbol illumination also needs to fulfil these stringent requirements and be accommodated within the interior lighting design, whilst ensuring that drivers can quickly take in the required information.

Full-surface and partial backlighting 

Kurz offers a wide range of decoration technologies for functional and stylish symbol illumination, and for surface designs with unusual lighting effects. This includes full-surface backlighting of carbon, wood, metal or colored designs. When the illumination is activated, the structures of the base designs are maintained or presented in a modified form, and completely different color and material effects are created as well.

Partially backlit designs can also be implemented. During daylight, the viewer sees a single- or multi-colored solid decorative surface; when backlit, both opaque and translucent elements become visible, whereby various levels of transparency are possible. Kurz has also developed designs that appear as a simple and elegant surface decoration when not illuminated, but develop a fascinating depth effect when backlit.

Kurz will be presenting several of these new design solutions at the international trade fair for plastics and rubber, K 2016, from October 19 - 26 in Düsseldorf. Visitors will be able to see a diverse range of decorated and backlit automotive interior components.

Dead front effects, touch and gesture functions

The new design possibilities from Kurz encompass not only backlit surface designs, but also the ability to implement dead front effects and integrate touch and gesture functions. Using Kurz's own sensor technology based on the PolyTC technology of its subsidiary PolyIC, plastic parts can be equipped with a sensor function which, if desired, can be non-visible when inactive. During daylight, the viewer sees a solid, opaque decorative surface; on touching or approaching it, a light source is activated and a control panel becomes visible.

Visitors to the Kurz booth A19 in Hall 5 at K 2016 can test this functionality for themselves on demonstration parts with a touch control panel as well as gesture control and a dead front effect. Visitors can also expect to see a trackpad demonstrator with backlightable symbols produced by means of IMD (in-mold decoration) technology, and an integrated multi-touch function.

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About us

Company details

The KURZ Group is the global leader in hot stamping technology. KURZ finishing solutions are used in a wide variety of plastics processing industries - from electronic and household products to cell phones, among a host of other areas including the automotive sector. KURZ sees its main strength as the ability to cater precisely to all types of requirements. KURZ's products and services are tailored to customers' needs and the company is known for its all-around competence and experience in various decoration processes whether it is the vertical or roll-on stamping process, insert molding of complex 3 D plastic surfaces or the simultaneous molding and stamping IMD procedure. KURZ possesses expert know-how in all these areas. An important advantage for the customer is that KURZ can provide harmonized designs for all these processes thereby allowing a coordinated finish using different application techniques. When it comes to hot stamping, the company offers a range of high-performance stamping dies and machines in addition to a truly impressive stamping foil selection. Insert molding and IMD customers may rely upon comprehensive project support from the product design stage right through to mass production. In the IMD area, KURZ develops custom finishing solutions together with appropriate injection molds. The product range also includes a series of foil feeding devices that enable precise positioning of the foil within the mold.

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Company data

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

1890

Area of business
  • Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • Services for the plastics and rubber industries
Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Other industries