New-look Board for IHMA as security trade body marks 25th Anniversary in 2018

Joanne Ogden

Joanne Ogden

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has announced a new-look Board as the organisation marks its 25th Anniversary in 2018. The move comes as the global trade body presides over the increased integration of holography alongside other authentication and ‘track and trace’ technologies to deliver both overt and covert protection over the next 12 months.

Corinne Murcia Giudicelli of SURYS becomes a full Board member, while Brad Hilbert of Crown Roll Leaf Inc steps up to become deputy representative for the IHMA in North America. Joanne Ogden of ITW Security Division and Valentin Monovski from Demax Holograms have been appointed as EU and EFTA representative and Eastern Europe/FSU/CIS representative respectively.

Manoj Kochar, founder and director of India-based Holoflex, will continue to lead the IHMA in the role of chairman.

Brad Hilbert

Brad Hilbert

The new Board will continue to underpin the IHMA’s work aimed at advancing the development of holograms and holographic technology as global threats continue to push demand for authentication and brand protection devices such as holograms.

Unprecedented scope for growth

Manoj Kochar explained to Risk UK: “”Countries across Asia, notably India and China, will continue to offer unprecedented scope for holography growth in the battle to curb counterfeit goods flooding on to the market. Over the coming months, we’ll continue to see the increased integration of holograms in these territories as part of brand protection strategies being adopted by Government and security agencies looking to tackle the problem.”

Corinne Murcia Giudicelli

Corinne Murcia Giudicelli

Kochar added: “I look forward to working with Board colleagues in what is the 25th year of the IHMA, helping our industry to secure growth and innovate, as well as ensuring that all those involved in holography come together as one to secure the opportunities available.”

The IHMA (www.ihma.org) is made up of 100 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include the leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world. Those members actively co-operate in a bid to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards at all times.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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