Toppan and Amcor Collaborate on NFC Tag-enabled Anti-Counterfeiting Solution for Wine and Spirits10 October 2019
Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, and Amcor, a leading global packaging company, have announced an agreement to collaborate on providing anti-counterfeiting solution for the wine and spirits markets.
The two companies have combined Toppan’s strength in the development of near-field communication (NFC) tag-based high-security technologies with Amcor’s manufacturing and supply capabilities to develop InTact, a capsule for wine and spirits with an integrated NFC tag that detects opening or tampering.
Joint venture intact
Practical testing of InTact at a French winery commenced in late 2016 and the creation of a robust supply chain has now enabled the launch of full-scale sales. Toppan and Amcor will be offering InTact as a high-security solution to combat damage caused by counterfeiting in the market for alcoholic beverages.
The NFC-enabled capsule represents a high-security closing solution to help prevent fraudulent refilling and grey market diversion of original bottles, which has been a growing problem in the wine and spirits industry. The combination of Toppan’s original antenna structure and an IC (integrated circuit) chip with a break detection circuit enables breakage or tampering with the capsule to be detected. As the capsule stores a unique digital certificate to authenticate the bottle, it can also be used for targeted sales promotions and various consumer engagement campaigns.
Nicolas Freynet, general manager of Amcor Capsules, said: “Our customers have an ever-increasing demand for functionalities such as product authentication, opening detection and consumer engagement and we have been working to develop a capsule construction that can incorporate an NFC tag with seamless communication."