Toppan and Amcor collaborate on NFC Tag-enabled anti-counterfeiting Solution

Detects opening and tampering of wine and spirit bottles

The InTact capsule incorporates an NFC tag that detects breaking and can be authenticated using a smartphone.

Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, and Amcor, a leading global packaging company, have recently announced an agreement to collaborate on providing an anti-counterfeiting solution for the wine and spirits markets.

According to the press release, 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. 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 claims to represent a high-security closing solution to help prevent fraudulent refilling and grey market diversion of original bottles, which was a growing problem in the wine and spirits industry. The combination of Toppan’s original antenna structure and an integrated circuit (IC) chip with a break detection circuit enables breakage or tampering with the capsule to be detected. As the capsule claims to store a unique digital certificate to authenticate the bottle, it can also be used for targeted sales promotions and various consumer engagement campaigns.

The NFC tag is discretely integrated with the inside of the capsule, allowing alcoholic beverage producers to adopt it with minimal change to their existing filling and packaging process. Most capsules for premium alcoholic beverages are made from metal, but because metal tends to interfere with the RFID tag’s radio wave communication, Amcor has developed a new capsule with a unique structure combining metallic and non-metallic films. The capsule claims to enable wine and spirits producers as well as final consumers to confirm each bottle’s authenticity with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone.

Commenting on this Nicolas Freynet, general manager at 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.”

“Toppan has been developing RFID tags for wine and spirits since 2014. A thorough understanding of the market and extensive insight regarding customers are required to enable propositions that ensure customers are able to make full use of RFID tags,” said Yoshiyuki Mizuguchi, general manager – Global Business Development at Toppan’s security products business.

Toppan showcased the InTact capsule developed with Amcor as well as other cutting-edge solutions at Luxe Pack Monaco, the premier show for creative packaging, at the Grimaldi Forum held from 30 September to 2 October 2019.


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