Addmaster’s system is used for detection.
Addmaster, a UK-based supplier of additives for plastics, states that its product verification system for polymers is being used daily behind some of the world’s most famous brands as counterfeit products are estimated to cost the global economy over “£250 billion pounds per year”.
Easy to incorporate and invisible to the naked eye, the company states Verimaster can be added to any polymer with no loss to physical or optical properties and tested with Addmaster's detection tools to prove its authenticity.
Grades are now said to be available that allow detection to be carried out at source with the sensors (pictured) or via laboratory-based tests that can detect multiple signatures.
Addmaster states Verimaster is particularly effective in protecting manufactured plastic products from counterfeiting, as it’s easy and cost effective to add as a masterbatch, compound or within the polymer feedstock.
“When up to 20 percent of prescription drugs and over 550,000 aircraft parts are thought to be counterfeited each year, it shows that nothing is off limits to copycat producers,” said an Addmaster spokesperson.