Authentication Solution Providers’ Association (ASPA), the world’s only self-regulated and non-profit organization representing the interests of the entire authentication industry, has signed up four new members, with Monotech Systems and Creed Engineers joining as associate members and Manipal Technologies and Kevin Metpack signing up as full members.
ASPA invites membership from: companies involved with barcode and RFID technology and security holograms; state printing works and commercial high security printers; issuers of identification and travel documents; suppliers of security substrates and security features; as well as any other authentication technology providers and suppliers.
Monotech Systems and Creed Engineers are suppliers of associated machines and technologies to authentication providers.
Delhi-based Kevin Metpack has manufacturing facilities in Gujarat and is a fully-integrated flexible packaging manufacturer with a 10,000tpa converting capacity that offers integrated and secure flexible packaging options for processed foods and FMCG products.
Manipal Technologis provides a range of authentication products to a variety of industries, such as banking, telecom, education, publishing, consumer goods, and retail and finance. It operates production facilities in Manipal, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, and a development center in Gurgaon.
The four new members have joined ASPA as it marks its 16th anniversary, and Manoj Kochar, ASPA president, 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 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.’
Earlier this year, Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HoMAI) re-launched as ASPA with a broader mandate. The members already protect more than 10,000 brands worldwide. Last year, ASPA was instrumental in bringing the global Holography Conference to India. The association recently partnered and exhibited at Smart Card Expo 2014, Labelexpo India 2014 and is participating at The Holography Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kochar said: ‘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.'