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Subject: credit card holygram
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: chuckler-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 26 Nov 2005 23:21 PST
Expires: 26 Dec 2005 23:21 PST
Question ID: 598009
I would like to know the name of the companies that produce the
holygram magnetic strips on credit cards. I have seen it on american
express cards. i would like to i know which companies manufacures it
and the best in the world. Atleast 10 companies will be sufficient.
Subject: Re: credit card holygram
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 27 Nov 2005 09:16 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Hello, and thanks for your question.

Security holograms for credit cards is quite a specialty niche in the
security industry.  As such, it is difficult to compile a list of even
ten companies that are active in the business.

Two companies -- American Bank Note Holographics, and De La Rue,
appear to dominate the industry.

There are a number of other providers as well, as well as companies
that have all the capabilities of printing credit card holograms --
and often do print holograms for other types of plastic cards -- but
may not have any credit card clients at present.

The list below represents, I believe, the active players in the business.

I trust this information fully answers your question.  

However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you
need.  If you would like any additional information, just post a
Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further,
and I'm at your service.

All the best,



Amagic Holographics Inc.

...Some of the products which we have worked with are cashier's
checks, bank drafts, currency, credit cards, tamper-evident stickers,
transit passes, hang tags, flexible and hard packaging, gift wrapping
and bags, stationery and business cards, book and magazine covers,
point of sale displays, presentation folders, corporate logos, signs,
and many more...


...American Bank Note Holographics is a world leader in the
origination, production and marketing of holograms. The company's
products are used primarily for security applications such as
counterfeiting protection and authentication of transaction cards,
identification documents, documents of value, and consumer and
industrial products, as well as for packaging, promotional and design
[This company is seen as one of the leaders in the field, and holds
some of the original patents in holographic technology as a security


...Card Products...CFC offers a wide range of products for security
and transaction cards including signature panel, AccuMag Stripe?
(magnetic stripe), scratch-off foils, HoloLam Plus? (a full face
holographic laminate), security holograms and more.


...We offer a wide range of technologies -- including holograms,
complex and highly secure optical variable devices (OVDs) to provide
exceptional security against fraud, forgery and alteration.

DE LA RUE,1641,,00.html

...De La Rue is the world 's largest commercial security printer and
papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies
and a wide range of security documents such as travellers cheques and

...De La Rue Holographics designs, originates and manufactures
Optically Variable Devices (OVD's) that are instantly recognisable for
their quality and imagery and known for their unbeatable levels of
security....We are an approved supplier of OVD's to VISA, Maestro
Europay, American Express and Diners Club and we also provide secure
anti-counterfeit solutions to many governments around the world.

[This company is one of the major players in the business]


...HoloBank, the world's largest selection of stock image holograms
developed specifically for advertising, promotional and security use.
[I don't think they do credit cards, but they seem to have the
capabilities, so I included them here]


...Recognized as a world leader in technology, Hologram. Industries
provides the most advanced optical security solutions fully adapted to
deter the forgery of documents and brand products.


...ITW Covid is a worldwide leader in the research, development, and
manufacturers of holograms, optical variable devices (OVD's), and
security chemistry technology for use in the protection of
identification cards, travel documents, documents of values, and brand


...Photopolymer holograms labels offer an extraordinary high level of
protection against counterfeiting at very attractive visual
effects...Integrated partnership between Krystal Holographics
International, Inc., and DuPont, the supplier of the holographic
recording material. All distribution of the photopolymer film is
controlled by DuPont.
[ Krystal Holographics was once a stand-alone company, but is now
apparently owned by Du Pont ]


[They do plastic card holograms, but I'm not sure if they do credit cards or not]


Lastly, I came across this very helpful (even if a bit dated) article
from The International Card Manufacturers Association on the use of
holograms on credit cards for security purposes, and I thought it
would be of use to you.
Application of Holograms to Credit Cards

Again, let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.



search strategy -- Google searches on:

[ holograms OR holographics OR holography "credit cards ]

[ holograms OR holographics OR holography icma ]

[ various combinations of company names used as search terms as well ]

Request for Answer Clarification by chuckler-ga on 27 Nov 2005 20:13 PST
Thanks for the great response. I want to know who manufactures them
because I would like to tie up with them with my company. Also I want
to know which company does american express use for their hologram
credit card. thanks really appreciate it.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 28 Nov 2005 01:52 PST
Thanks so much...glad to know that the information I provided was helpful.

I hope you noticed the excerpt from the De La Rue site that mentions
their affiliation with American Express.

All the best,

chuckler-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $15.00
Quick, great,informative and to the point

Subject: Re: credit card holygram
From: answerfinder-ga on 28 Nov 2005 01:33 PST
You may find the membership list of this association useful. You can
search for companies involved in payment cards.

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