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All-in-one passport concepts for multiple security needs

Globally, there is a continued trend towards the adoption of electronic passports with the aim to facilitate interoperability across international borders. Core government identification documents typically have a validity period of ten years and hence need robust substrate materials to protect the documents’ physical and digital contents.
Passport cover with polycarbonate data page and TPU hinge construction

Making passports more secure against counterfeiting and alteration

To satisfy the demand for more robust and secure identification documents, Covestro offers specialty films for integrated passport solution concepts. Our advanced materials enable the use of latest security document concepts hence improving security document manufacturing processes.

Passport Data Page

Covestro Makrofol® ID polycarbonate films help create robust data page constructions which can withstand a broad temperature range and accommodate industrial pre-printed features with optimized laser engraving.

Makrofol® ID thin white high opaque films allow more security features to be incorporated within the overall polycarbonate data page construction (i.e. clear window applications)
Makrofol® ID superlaser polycarbonate films provide high resistance against counterfeiting and alteration with optimized  laser personalization and enhanced image contrast resolution

Unlocking new security features and making identification documents even more forgery-resistant than before: Makrofol® ID and Platilon® ID.

Passport TPU Hinge

Platilon® ID thermoplastic polyurethane film (TPU) hinge solution ensures polycarbonate data pages cannot delaminate without damaging the passport leaving tamper evidence. This makes the passport more secure and durable.

Makrofol® ID films are the foundation for highly secure passport polycarbonate data page constructions which can be combined with our multi-layer Platilon® ID TPU film for passport hinges. 

The flexibility of the Platilon® ID TPU film enables repeated  bending, opening and closing of the passport booklets  without the appearance of cracks or breaks of the hinge
Melt behavior and flexibility of Platilon® ID also help to protect the integrated chip and antenna 


Passport Booklet Cover 

With the continued increase in international travelers, today’s citizen passports need to withstand the rigors of frequent journeys and the validity period of the identification documents. With Covestro latest passport booklet cover solution, it can enhance the durability while having scratch and tear resistant characteristics.  

The innovative passport cover can also integrate multiple security features with various surface textures, colors and complex printed graphics options. The passport cover solution can also help to better protect and cushion the embedded chip and antenna within the eCover.


With our innovative ID concepts including thin white high opaque and color switching polycarbonate films for clear windows, we offer our customers to be one step ahead of the counterfeiters and make passports and ID cards more secure.

Henry Leung

Global Segment Manager Identification, Specialty Films / Covestro

Key Benefits

  • Scratch & tear resistant: Platilon® ID with fabric-like properties for highly flexible passport hinges.
  • Innovative: Passport covers that are scratch and tear resistant which also protect the electronic components within.
  • Efficient: Thin white high-opaque films create sophisticated clear window shapes and simplify the production process.
  • Higher contrast: Remarkable high sharpness and intensity achieved through laser engraving with Makrofol® ID superlaser film.
  • Color switching security feature: Makrofol® ID O.V.M - polycarbonate film embedding O.V.M (Optical Variable Material) technology secures transparent areas of ID documents with level 1, 2 and 3 security.

Brochures

Film solutions for ID documents Makrofol® ID, Platilon® ID
Polycarbonate Superlaser / Makrofol® ID
Polycarbonate Clear Window / Makrofol® ID
Makrofol® ID O.V.M – Optical Variable Material® for clear windows
Passport TPU Hinge / Platilon® ID
Passport data page security features / Makrofol® ID
Passport solutions Rethinking the passport / Makrofol® ID, Platilon® ID
BMT Issue 3/2019 - Article "Security Concepts for Passports and Identification Documents”

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