Sabic Innovative Plastics  have introduced the new Lexan SD films to manufacturers to meet safety, aesthetic, and performance requirements in identity and security cards, while at the same time improving card durability.

Identity theft, border security and other threats are expanding the use of electronic identity cards that can resist compromise, last for up to 10 years, and incorporate a variety of advanced graphics technologies including laser marking.

To meet these challenges, Sabic Innovative Plastics have developed a new material for manufacturing security documents and electronic ID cards that features three new grades of Lexan polycarbonate film: a laser-markable grade, a bright white opaque material, and a clear grade for the cover or intermediate layers.

These films offer tight gauge tolerances to simplify the manufacturing of cards within mandated thickness parameters. They also provide high performance and durability without the need for adhesives.

Sabic Innovative Plastics’ investment in new products enable the company to provide converters with innovative solutions to meet today’s information security needs.

Features and potential benefits:

  • High temperature resistance
  • Low and controlled shrinkage for improved flatness before and after lamination
  • Surface textures optimised for printing, hot stamping and lamination
  • Tight gauge tolerance for controlled stack tolerance after lamination
  • High quality optical films, manufactured in a clean room environment
  • Maximised opacity in white layer for enhanced ability to hide embedded security devices at thin gauges
  • Good laser markability of the SD8B94 clear film

Potential applications:

  • Drivers’ licenses
  • E-Passport data pages
  • Border crossing cards
  • Residency permits
  • Green cards
  • Military and police ID
  • Smart cards inlays
  • Tachometer cards
  • Healthcare cards
  • Government employees ID
  • Vehicle registration tags