On Christmas day, a bottle of perfume waits under the Christmas tree. But unfortunately, its scent is somewhat off and it causes a skin burn. The product is a fake. To protect distributors and consumers from such nasty surprises, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG has developed a new security ink.

The new ink by Paul Leibinger GmbH (leibinger-group.com) looks like a classic black ink, but under a special UV-light, tiny fluorescent pigments begin to glow greenish. If the distributor shines a UV-flashlight onto the product packaging, he can identify whether the product is an original. If the font remains black, the user can immediately remove the pirated product from circulation.

“Security ink is designed to identify product pirates and help hold them accountable, while giving manufacturers a tool to defend themselves against false damage claims and increasing consumer protection,” said Christina Leibinger, managing owner, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG.“The ink itself is very difficult to copy, since we use security pigments that are not available at every turn.”

The new security ink is suitable for use in the JET3up PI – an inkjet printer that codes product packaging made of plastic, cardboard and even glass or tins with information such as best-before dates and batch numbers.

The security ink is economical compared to other counterfeit security measures, as well as reliable. “The more equipment is involved in the packaging process, the greater the risk of costly production downtime. Our two-in-one solution – coding and authentication – increases production reliability and reduces maintenance and investment costs. The somewhat higher costs of the security ink compared to standard black ink are quickly amortized," Leibinger added.