Company History
  LEONHARD KURZ GmbH & Co. KG
1892/1898
  • Founded by Leonhard Kurz as an enterprise for the production and marketing of gold leaf.

 

1931
  • The world's first vapor deposit stamping foil using real gold was invented and patented by Konrad Kurz. Main industry applications: pencils, bookbinding and the hat industry.

 

1950-1960
  • LUXOR/ALUFIN® - introduction of vapor aluminized hot stamping foils. Field of application: Graphics industry

 

1960-1970
  • COLORIT - pigment coated hot stamping foils

 

  • Carat,Dukat- hot stamping machines for gilt edging. Manufacture of KURZ roll-on stamping machines begins (for picture frames, radio/tv and automotive industries).

 

  • Expansion of KURZ stamping foils into plastics industries (Alufin SLM for radio/tv profiles and the automotive industry).

 

1970-1980
  • First company owned sales offices open in Australia and Japan

 

  • Production established in USA, with facilities today located in North Carolina

 

  • Exterior chrome: first external application of hot stamping foils for automotive emblems and radiator grilles

 

  • Expanded development of the KURZ hot stamping process- Hinderer & Muhlich silicone products (stamping plates, rollers and tools) and vertical stamping machines

 

  • Creation of new design line for stamping foils used in radio/tv and automotive industries: wood look, brushed inishes and unicolors

 

  • First KURZ heat transfers

 

  • Introduction of KURZ Inmold foils (brushed aluminum)

 

  • Magnetic hot stamping foils: Data storage on bank books, airline tickets, credit cards

 

1980-1990
  • First Insert Molding foils for the automotive industry

 

  • TOUCHWOOD® - transfer finish for the furniture industry

 

  • Extensive work on the development of of visual structure foils (Hologram, TrustSeal, Kinegram)

 

  • Commencement of mass production at Sulzbach-Rosenberg in Germany

 

1990-2000
  • Expansion of the OVD-stamping foil production

 

  • Launching of the first Asia - Pacific plant in Malaysia

 

  • Acquisition of the OVD Kinegram Corp. in Switzerland

 

  • Hinderer+Mühlich expands its program by using  CAD - engraved metal stamping plates for use in the graphics industry

 

2000-
  • Production begins at Hefei plant in China 

 

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