Surface decoration home appliances and smart homes

Pioneer for functional and decorative home appliances

Tomorrow's generations of appliances are conquering the living space, decoration and technology are merging into a single entity. The trend toward closed surfaces is fundamentally changing designs and components. Beautiful, economical technology and intelligent, intuitively controlled applications are sought-after. KURZ lets you experience what is possible thanks to extremely thin film technology, premium finishing, new materials and integrated sensor technology: We pave the way to even greater ease-of-use with unique aesthetic and functional options. With us, new generations of products become fully-fledged design elements and even more striking brand ambassadors. They become more individual, but at the same time more robust, durable, long-lasting and sustainable. And as a manufacturer, you can profit from a continually optimized value chain.

Shy-Tech-Design front panel

This panel stands out due to its elegant dark design. The intuitive HMI user interface only appears in the form of a high-resolution LCD or LED display when the display is touched. The advantage of this Shy-Tech-Design is that the controls can be freely assigned. Decoration takes place in a single step via the economical IMD process, in which the panel is injection-molded and decorated at the same time.

Sensor technology for LED and LCD displays
with integrated sensors

The basis of the human-machine interface is the sensor technology of KURZ subsidiary PolyIC, which offers touchscreen and touchkey sensor solutions for a wide range of requirements.

The cost-effective and simple multi-touch sensor solution for the LCD area enables flexible programming of a wide range of operating modes (multi-finger operation) and thus provides ideal conditions for homogeneous, seamless display integration.

The translucent touch sensor for LED displays has an integrated diffuser and a laser-enabled decorative layer. This eliminates the need for additional components (light-diffusing plastic inserts) for homogeneous illumination of symbols and characters. Symbols and national languages can also be customized at the end of the process chain via laser edging. Customers benefit from a lower number of integration steps and a very delicate display of symbols and controls.

Intelligent Interface Heroes with IMD UNIFY

NEW! Efficient customization at the highest level. Experience what individualization makes possible: A washing machine panel becomes a stylish eye-catcher with IMD UNIFY. This is KURZ’s solution for the trend towards open plan living. The basic decoration is produced in series in the economical IMD process and can be subsequently customized via digital printing. In combination with freely assignable buttons, special edition designs, different language versions, logo variants, and much more are created. IMD UNIFY is so attractive for anyone who wants to design closed surfaces flexibly. Pioneering and advanced components individually tailored to your customers’ requirements can be easily created. An additional bonus for the environment: You save on buttons and switches, numerous transport routes and work steps. Your CO2 balance will improve.

The advantages of customization with IMD UNIFY:

  • Series production and individualization can be achieved at the same time
  • Touch operation with seamless, homogeneous surfaces, with backlighting and curved control panels or displays
  • Unlimited design and customization options
  • Integration of appliances into open plan living areas
  • Efficient processes, as material and process steps are reduced
  • Can be used for recycled materials
  • Surfaces are recyclable
  • Incredible design variety
  • Trends can be implemented quickly
Expert talk

Expert Talk

The design of the future is dominated by elegant, seamless surfaces. For manufacturers of consumer electronics and household appliances, this means both more freedom in design and new ideas. How, for example, can sustainable and durable decoration of control panels be achieved? How can special series be efficiently and cost-effectively implemented in different languages? The KURZ Group presents an innovative solution with IMD UNIFY.


KURZ real metallization - CO2-saving and recyclable

Matte, glossy, brushed, backlit - KURZ chrome decorations have many faces. Full-surface or partial metallization using hot stamping gives you THE sustainable alternative to electroplating. The finishing, which can also be applied partially, uses wafer-thin real metal and is also extremely economical, recyclable, and suitable for recycled materials.

Benefits of KURZ real metallization

  • Series-ready, proven process technology
  • Low-carbon process
  • Environmentally friendly compared to electroplating
  • Can also be applied partially
  • Recyclable
  • Suitable for recycled materials

Form and function inseparably united

Gone are the days when built-in cookers and vacuum cleaners were controlled by keys and buttons. KURZ replaces them with innovative surfaces, in which design, function, and sensor technology merge into a symbiotic unit. We help you give your home appliances even more beautiful, emotional, and intuitive decors. At the same time, you have the opportunity to reinvent functions and design device controls even more reactively and interactively. The design expertise of KURZ can be drawn on to create decors that are tailored to product series, right up to decor combinations for entire product lines. The key to high-performance functionality lies in the PolyTC® sensor films developed by PolyIC. In contrast to Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) films, they boast high-resolution metal structures on polyester substrates. This material combination is called metal mesh. It provides more elasticity with extreme conductivity, which allows the integrated sensors to deform better. Surfaces can be adapted even more flexibly to curved and three-dimensional device shapes: without loss of conductivity, and with a plastic thickness of 2.5 cm or greater.

Your advantages with PolyTC® sensors

  • Various sensor integration options for efficient production design (FFB, IME, lamination)
  • Freely assignable functions on the displays
  • Great creative freedom for panel design decorations
  • Saving CO2 through an efficient process
  • Also suitable for recycled materials
  • The panels are recyclable, including the PolyTC® sensors

Touch displays and gesture control: indispensable today!

High-performance sensor technology gives product designers maximum creative freedom. This makes it possible to design homogeneous surfaces for large and small household appliances. All integrated switching and control elements are interwoven to form a perfect unit and can be activated with a touch and gesture function. Customers expect the same comfort they are used to from their smartphones. KURZ is optimally prepared for this mega trend and has production-ready answers, for example, for new XXL-size household appliance screens:

  • This creates an exclusive look with freely assignable buttons and controls. Home appliances can be customized in even more demanding ways - premium models, for example, feature more program options in the control panel than standard appliances

  • This makes it possible to implement tailor-made touch accuracy for every application

  • Production is possible even in small quantities with maximum customizability via specific sensor programming

  • The Functional Foil Bonding (FFB) process integrates the touch sensors into the finished plastic carriers fully automatically, quickly, and easily.

All finishing techniques from a single source

The entire range of manufacturing processes developed by KURZ can be seamlessly integrated into your existing production lines. Regardless of the location of your production or final assembly, our know-how is at your disposal: for increased efficiency, lower costs, more sustainability, and leaner value chains.

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