The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has announced board changes for 2022.
Dr Mark Deakes was elected as a member of the IHMA EU/EFTA Regional Council, replacing Joanne Ogden, who resigned after two terms. Mark was, until 2020, IHMA’s General Secretary and, with a past career in holography and the markets it serves, he is well placed to fill the vacant position.
Anton Goncharsky was re-elected as a member of the Eastern European regional council.
While the Chairman of the Americas Regional Board of Directors remains vacant after the retirement of Brad Hilbert, Rajan Thomas continues to oversee operations in Asia and Manoj Kochar resumes his responsibilities for the ASPA (Authentication Solution Providers’ Association) in India. Professor SeungHyun Lee (South Korea and Hologram Forum), Alessio Pastorelli and Corinne Murcia Giudicelli remain as board members.
The IHMA also announced two new members – Canadian company Nanotech Security Corporation (now part of the Meta Materials Group) and Hologramas de Mexico. With the majority of IHMA members located in Europe and India, the addition of two companies from the Americas provides a welcome balance.
Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Dunn, the Board will continue to oversee IHMA’s work to advance holography and its mission continues to expand the scope of current operations, encompassing the broadest range of holographic activities. commercial.
This includes securing new members involved in innovative application areas and promoting the growing integration of holography with other technologies to offer value-added integrated solutions.
This year, all indications are that brand protection, track and trace and other anti-counterfeiting technologies in packaging will increase as global economies continue to battle the effects of the pandemic. The packaging industry also benefits from using anti-counterfeiting solutions, especially as fears of drug, pharmaceutical and vaccine shortages in many parts of the world are driving demand for the products. counterfeit and illicit.
Dr. Paul Dunn said: “Technical and application innovation continues to push the boundaries of what holography can achieve, reflecting the fact that the technology plays an important role in many industrial and commercial sectors. IHMA continues to move forward and work with members and organizations to ensure it remains a strong advocate, industry voice and effective resource for the industry in the future. .
The IHMA (www.ihma.org) is made up of more than 80 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications worldwide, and actively cooperate to maintain the highest professional, safety and quality standards.