Authentication Solution Providers’ Association Commemorates 16 years and Inducts New members Including Manipal Technologies and Kevin Metpack

AUTHENTICATION SOLUTION PROVIDERS’ ASSOCIATION COMMEMORATES 16 YEARS OF PROTECTING BRANDS WORLDWIDE

~ASPA Reviews and Inducts Four New Members in its efforts to fight counterfeits~

Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the world’s only self-regulated and non-profit organization representing the interests ASPAof the entire authentication solutions industry, has completed 16 years. Formed on 1 December 1998 as HoMAI, it was re-launched in 2014 under the ASPA brand name to represent the transformation of products and services offered by its existing member companies. ASPA aims to become the singular voice of the authentication solution providers in Asia and around the world, and works closely with global authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and Interpol, as well as industry bodies in India such as FICCI CASCADE, CII, ASSOCHAM and Indian Institute of Packaging.

Mr. Manoj Kochar, President, Authentication Solution Providers’ Association, said,The last 16 years have been immensely enriching and successful for all our members. Adherence to the highest level of quality and ethical standards enshrined in the ASPA Code of Conduct has helped ASPA earn the trust of the industry and emerge as a strong voice in the hologram industry. We now strive to achieve the same for the entire ecosystem of authentication providers. We are totally committed to promoting adoption of ISO 12931 that lays down performance criteria for authentication solutions used to combat counterfeiting of material goods. From time to time, ASPA also plays a pivotal role in the development of security management standards to address specific requirements of its members and the wider authentication industry. I am excited that within just months of our re-launch, we have been receiving a tremendous response from industry leaders who want to join ASPA.”

ASPA also announced that it has successfully completed the review and due diligence and has inducted four new member companies. Two of these are full members and include Manipal Technologies and Kevin Metpack Pvt Ltd.

With its production facilities in Manipal, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, and development center in Gurgaon, Manipal Tech provides wide ranging authentication solutions to a varied range of industry verticals such as banking, telecom, education, publishing, consumer goods and retail, financial services etc. Delhi-based KEVIN METPACK, which has manufacturing facilities in Gujarat, is a fully-integrated flexible packaging manufacturer with a 10,000 TPA strong converting capacity, that offers comprehensive integrated and secure flexible packaging solutionsfor processed foods, FMCG products etc.

The other two, namely Monotech Systems Limited and Creed Engineers Pvt. Ltd. are associate members. Both these companies are providers of associated machines and technologies to authentication solution providers.

ASPA invites membership from security hologram producers, state printing works, commercial high security printers, issuers of passport, ID and travel documents, suppliers of security substrates, and security features such as biometrics, identity card manufacturers and personalizers, suppliers and integrators of ID document projects such as passports, vehicle registration plate manufacturers, bar code and RFID solution providers, as well as any other authentication solution providers and suppliers to authentication solution providers. Its members already protect more than 10,000 brands worldwide. Last year, ASPA was instrumental in bringing the coveted global Holography Conference to India. ASPA recently partnered and exhibited at Smart Card Expo 2014, Label Expo India 2014 and is participating at The Holography Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

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