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Authentix Partners with ARMOR-IIMAK to Deliver Security Thermal Transfer Ribbons to Combat Counterfeiting and Diversion

ADDISON, Texas, June 26, 2024 – Authentix, the authority in supply chain authentication and information services, announces an exclusive relationship with ARMOR-IIMAK to supply brand owners and their authorized contract manufacturers a new covert security ink available in thermal transfer ribbon format.

These new Security Thermal Transfer Ribbons were co-developed with ARMOR-IIMAK and are exclusively manufactured and available only through Authentix. ARMOR-IIMAK has been a worldwide leader in the thermal transfer ribbon printing industry since 1983. These new security printing ribbons include a specialized, covert ink that are drop in ready and compatible with most thermal transfer ribbon printers on the market today. These security thermal transfer ribbons are available in different roll formats, enabling brand owners and manufacturers to rapidly make the transition to security printing as easy as changing the printer ribbon. The new security ribbons can be applied to a wide range of existing industries now using thermal transfer ribbon printing including apparel, footwear, automotive, electronics, and many more.
There are multiple benefits to implementing Authentix security printing ribbons as part of a secure brand protection program including:

  • The ability to print both visible (black) and covert linear and 2D barcodes in one printing pass
  • Works with most substrates including paper, plastics, and textiles and prints on apparel labels, hangtags, and directly on electronic and other product components, etc.
  • Can be converted from standard thermal transfer ribbons to covert security ribbon solution with little to no interruption or process changes required
  • Ease of set up including drop-in implementation with many existing and installed printers
  • Can be combined with Authentix DigiTrax™track and trace software enabling base authentication as well as item level digital UIDs or QR codes in a cloud-based track and trace and consumer engagement solution
  • Multiple standard roll formats and custom ribbon sizes available for higher volume accounts

Security Thermal Transfer Ribbon prints a normal black printed ink, but it is also verifiable by the Authentix Traceless® Ultra Analyzer. This analyzer is precision built for reliability, durability and accuracy, even under extreme conditions. It has been used for over a decade in multiple industries and is ideal for fast, field-based testing and instant authenticity confirmation.

About Authentix
As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix brings enhanced visibility and traceability to today’s complex global supply chains. For over 25 years, Authentix has provided clients with physical and software-enabled solutions to detect, mitigate, and prevent counterfeiting and other illicit trading activity for currency, excise taxable goods, and branded consumer products. Through a proven partnership model and sector expertise, clients experience custom solution design, rapid implementation, consumer engagement, and complete program management to ensure product safety, revenue protection, and consumer trust for the best-known global brands on the market. Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit

ARMOR-IIMAK, an ARMOR Group company, designs and manufactures nearly 2.5 billion square meters of Thermal Transfer ribbons each year, dedicated to printing variable data on labels and flexible packaging for product identification and traceability. With 1,500 employees, ARMOR-IIMAK is the world leader in its sector and benefits from international industrial coverage thanks to its three coating sites (America, Asia, Europe) and some 20 slitting sites.

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