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New design options for automotive lighting

Leonhard Kurz presenting innovative backlit designs at K 2016

(PresseBox) (Fürth, ) 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 LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG

The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With 4,700 employees in twelve production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces.

Die KURZ-Gruppe ist ein weltweit führendes Unternehmen der Heißpräge- und Beschichtungstechnologie. KURZ entwickelt und produziert auf Trägerfolien applizierte Dekorations- und Funktionsschichten für verschiedenste Einsatzgebiete: metallisierte, pigmentierte und holografische Prägefolien für Verpackungen oder Printprodukte, Oberflächenfinishes für Elektronikgeräte oder Automobilteile, Schutz- und Dekorlacke für Möbel oder Haushaltsgeräte, Echtheits-Kennzeichen für Markenartikel, Metallic-Applikationen für Textilien und differenzierte Beschichtungen für viele weitere Anwendungen. Mit 4.700 Mitarbeitern in zwölf Werken in Europa, Asien und den USA, 24 internationalen Niederlassungen und einem weltweiten Netz an Vertretungen und Verkaufsbüros fertigt und vertreibt die KURZ-Gruppe eine umfassende Produktpalette zur Oberflächenveredelung, Dekoration, Kennzeichnung und Fälschungssicherheit, abgerundet durch ein umfangreiches Programm an Prägemaschinen und Prägewerkzeugen. Darüber hinaus investiert KURZ kontinuierlich in neue Technologien und entwickelt innovative Lösungen für die Integration von Funktionen in Oberflächen.

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