ID Documents: Enabling secure identification with durable PC and TPU films

Card and passport manufacturers seek to provide solutions that are secure enough to prevent forgery whilst also being durable enough to withstand high usage. We partner with them to provide suitable material solutions to produce reliable, durable security and anti-counterfeit documents - tailored for their specific security needs.
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Thermoplastic polycarbonate films
Polyurethane film made from aromatic and aliphatic polyester or polyether.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-durable: Excellent bending- and tear-resistance
  • Efficiency: Reduction of thickness to an absolute minimum, reduced material consumption and increased cost savings
  • Customizable: Tailored security solutions according to your specific requirements
  • Forgery-proof: Highly secure against tampering and falsification
  • Easy to process: Compatible with standard processes for printing, easy to laminate, and suitable for a wide range of operating temperatures
Our Makrofol® ID polycarbonate films (PC) enable the incorporation of a wide range of security features in ID documents. High contrast laser-engraving can be combined with differentiated security features and integrated chips. Several layers are inseparably bonded to offer unsurpassed protection. Our Makrofol® ID and Platilon® ID films are used in synergy to construct robust, highly secure passport data pages and hinges. Platilon® ID thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films achieve excellent bonding with polycarbonate films and result in highly durable security documents, with melting behavior and flexibility that is highly suited to protecting integrated chips and antennas.

More information

Learn more in our detailed articles.

  • Novel security features

    Level 1 security features in polycarbonate (PC) documents that enable fast and easy seamless traveler authentication while being difficult to replicate.

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    Rethinking the passport with innovative specialty films

    In the passport arena, Covestro offers differentiated passport solutions leveraging its Makrofol® ID polycarbonate and Platilon® ID thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films portfolio for the passport data page, hinge and booklet cover applications

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    Innovative technologies enabling secure identity documents

    The latest technologies by Covestro enable both optimal security and efficient production of ID documents

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    Advantages of Makrofol® ID polycarbonate films for identification documents

    Identification documents require special substrate materials to help prevent counterfeiting; which is why more government agencies are turning to the advanced features of Makrofol®ID polycarbonate films for the manufacturing of ID documents.

Upcoming trade fairs and events

TRUSTECH | Paris, France

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2022

Under the motto “Pushing boundaries in ID document innovation” Covestros present the following highlights at this year's Trustech in Paris, France: 
  • Superlaser polycarbonate (PC) film enabling level 2 security feature
  • Thin high opaque white PC films for clear windows designs
  • Color switching PC film with multiple security features 
  • Innovative thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) passport cover solution 
  • PC film addressing circular economy 

Pushing boundaries in ID document innovations

November 29, 202211:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Presented by Georgios Tziovaras - Global Business Development Manager Identification Segment, Specialty Films

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Pushing boundaries in ID document innovations leveraging specialty films

November 30, 202211:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Presented by Georgios Tziovaras - Global Business Development Manager Identification Segment, Specialty Films

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17th Security Document Summit (SDS) | Beijing, China

27-28 December 2022

Tian Jian Technology Security Document Summit (SDS) for products and technologies on banknote, ID documents, financial card, financial bills, high security files, ticket, and brand protection


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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