Facts & Figures
LEONHARD KURZ: the world leader in thin-film technology
It all began with OROFIN. In the early 1930s, Konrad Kurz applied for a patent for the very first hot stamping foil coated with genuine gold in what is referred to as the sputtering process under the name OROFIN. This film was used for pencils, bookbinding, and in the hat industry, and the former gold beater KURZ thus laid the foundation for its global group of companies. Our strong golden roots have inspired us to call our customer magazine OROFIN (‘fine gold’). Today, LEONHARD KURZ has more than 5,500 employees. The group currently develops and produces surface finishings in 12 factories in Europe, Asia, and the USA under uniform quality and environmental standards.
LEONHARD KURZ develops surface decorations for a wide range of products: car parts, smartphones, notebooks, furniture, packaging, textiles, cosmetics, bank cards, labels, official documents, and much more. Our finishes give your brands that certain something and enhance them. They label, protect, and prevent counterfeiting. And we are paving the way for smart experiences around your products by connecting the visual and the virtual world. It’s no surprise then, that we are regarded as enablers in the areas of the smart home and autonomous driving. Our 2,556 granted and registered patents are proof that innovation and development is more than just a buzzword for KURZ. And this number is growing all the time.
The LEONHARD KURZ Group supports you from the second your idea is born all the way to the finished product. We advise you in all matters ranging from project planning through costing to machine and tool technology - with one single point of contact for your entire process. Thanks to our global network of branches and sales offices, we can offer short communication paths and individual support.
LEONHARD KURZ: visionary design competence, innovative developments
Innovation has been part of the KURZ DNA from the first hour. Today, our developers and designers are traveling all over the world. They are a source of inspiration and create concepts for new trends in plastic surface design. For example, our visionary design team has developed innovative Gold & Concrete decorations that can be used in a wide variety of industries. With our subsidiaries and various industrial partners, we are constantly working on new process technologies, such as carbon composite decoration for carbon fiber composites. Despite all the innovation, KURZ always remembers its roots, guided by the credo: don’t forget the familiar, but always question it and at the same time be open to new things - this is where opportunities lie.
LEONHARD KURZ: the global market leader
The world market leader index of the University of St. Gallen and the Academy of German World Market Leaders (ADWM) has named KURZ world champion in hot stamping and finishing technology for the second time in a row. The criteria are stringent and there are currently 461 companies in Germany that meet them - one of them is us. Your trust and the commitment of everyone involved have helped us reach this top position!
LEONHARD KURZ: one network for your surfaces
LEONHARD KURZ gives you everything from a single source: designs, tools, machine technologies, coatings, sensors, backlight options - simply everything related to smart and innovative surfaces. We even produce the varnish components for our decorative solutions in-house. That’s how you know that the quality of your product is perfect down to the smallest detail. Our subsidiaries help you with everything you need to impress your customers:
Customized machines and application solutions – matched to your needs, no compromises
Innovative automobile concepts – stand out of the norm with revolutionary design
Highest precision in stamping tools and tool fittings – making each product a masterpiece
Highly efficient machinery – superior finishing effects for your plastic tubes and glass containers
Customized digital products and services – simplify your processes, improve your user experiences
State-of-the-art inkjet printing technology: Easy – intuitive – powerful
Leading security solutions for government documents worldwide – Protecting the identities of citizens, today and tomorrow
Printed touch interface technology – your gateway to decorated functional parts
Sophisticated components and molding tools – geometries beyond the boundaries of today
Market-leading global provider of secure and effective brand protection solutions
Digital high-end sheet finishing machines – unique digital effects through reliable and efficient processes
Change is what drives us.
It’s the only way for us to maintain our position as the world market leader in plastic surface finishing. Do you want to become and remain leader in your industry? Then let’s talk! We‘ll be happy to support you along the value chain.
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Making every product unique
KURZ realizes this claim with more than 5,500 employees at over 30 global locations. KURZ is a world leader in surface finishing and produces in Europe, Asia and the USA according to the same high quality and environmental standards.