Agfa and Bilcare co-developed durable pvc-based security card2017-11-26T21:23:44+01:00

Agfa and Bilcare co-developed durable pvc-based security card

Mortsel, Belgium and Castiglione Olona, Italy | November 27, 2017 9:00 AM CET

  • Bilcare’s special grade PVC allows for high-end security features
  • Agfa’s PETix overlay films upgrade PVC cards to 10+ years life time

While PVC has since long proven its value as a most cost competitive card material, its limited durability has been an obstacle to use it for high-end security applications like for instance ID-cards.

To upgrade the use of PVC to card applications with higher security demands, Bilcare and Agfa have co-developed innovative and durable card constructions, one of which includes Bilcare’s SICOSMART, high Vicat core, SICOPLAST, a laser engravable transparent PVC, and Agfa’s PETix overlay films.

Additional to proven compatibility with standard security features, testing has demonstrated that SICOPLAST offers excellent adhesion to PETix, Agfa’s polyester overlay films with a certified durability of 10+ years.  Using specific types of PVC, PETix allows for the implementation of PETix Silver Laser Personalisation (SLP). By combining extensive security options with durability, the innovative card constructions present the card manufacturing industry with a most cost competitive alternative for high-end security cards.

Both companies Agfa and Bilcare will introduce the innovative card designs to the market at upcoming TRUSTECH Conference in Cannes, France. The involved card materials will be immediately available for sales via respective companies.

About Agfa’s Silver Laser Personalisation

Agfa will introduce at TRUSTECH 2017 its PETix Silver Laser Personalisation (SLP) technology as an innovative security feature adding value to the existing range of the PETix card overlay materials. Using standard laser imaging equipment PETix SLP allows for card personalisation showing a silvery effect when the card is tilted.


Bilcare is a leading, global producer of a vast array of rigid films. The Cards Solutions business has a long history and prestigious heritage, developing rigid PVC films since 1953. Nowadays Bilcare is a worldwide and pre-eminent player in the cards industry. Headquartered in Castiglione Olona, Italy, two operations in Europe and North America, the company is offering a complete portfolio of high quality cores and overlays for all type of cards to its customers in more than 60 countries around the world.

Sicosmart and Sicoplast are trademarks of Bilcare and its affiliates.


Marco Balatti, Sales & Marketing Manager
Via XXIV Maggio 1 – 21043 Castiglione Olona (VA) – Italy
+39 0331 853 228        

About AGFA

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Specialty Products). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,537 million euro in 2016.

PETix, Agfa and the Agfa rhombus are trademarks of Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Belgium, or its affiliates.


Werner Vandevelde, Marketing Manager
Septestraat 27   2640 Mortsel – Belgium
+32 (0) 3 444 8004

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At TRUSTECH 2017 Agfa and Bilcare present card manufacturers with most cost competitive and durable card constructions for high-end security cards. The graph shows a section of one of the co-developed card designs.

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