There are major changes underway in the production and distribution of tax banderols
for alcohol in Russia, which are likely to have a significant impact on hologram producers in the country.
According to Dimuken, the main applications for the Holostripe are tax stamps, banderols
and transit tickets, and the standard models are approximately 50% cheaper than equivalent systems on the market.
Andrey Timoshenko told Holography News that the rapid increase in business is continuing, with sales for 2003 heading for a 300% rise over 2002, with a particular boost coming from the supply of hot-stamping-foil holograms for use on the country's tax banderols
which are mandatory on all tobacco and strong alcoholic drinks.
The Monza-Le Mans has been developed specifically for printers and converters and to date, three systems have been sold--to printer and hologram manufacturer Mantegazza of Italy, to the Central Bank of Iraq (where it was used to apply stripes to the now-defunct 10,000 Iraqi dinar) and, most recently, to Uzbekistan papermakers and printers Davlat Belgisi, where it will be used to apply stripes to tax banderols.
The paper range also includes Plike-LHLC (low-heat, low-cost) for tax banderols and other high security, non-banknote applications.
Georgia already uses holograms on its tax banderols
and visas, and HSIG's marketing and sales director Carol Breuer told Holography News that there are several significant government contracts in the pipeline that Holoffset will be well-placed to win.
will be 65 x 17 mm with a hot-stamped hologram sized 'sufficient for its authenticity to be recognisable' and containing microtext not to exceed 100 [micro]m.
Several tax authorities have therefore adopted sophisticated tax banderols
and tightly controlled distribution systems: Authentication News has reported the huge increase in tax revenues in Hungary resulting from improved tax seal and a tighter issuing system (see AN vol 5, no 2).