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1. November 2022

Technology cooperation for backlit surfaces


Backlit surfaces are becoming more and more popular in modern cars and many other products. Skilfully staged and harmoniously combined, they give products their own character and always create wow effects. If components that are later to work together as a system, as in this case, are developed independently of each other, this often leads to problems, higher costs and long development times.

In order to be able to offer better solutions in the future, the companies LEONARD KURZ and MENTOR have combined their expertise in modern surfaces and LED-based lighting technology in a technology co-operation. This offers many advantages in the field of backlit surfaces:

  • Innovative lighting effects and completely new designs can be realised in static and dynamic lighting scenarios through the interplay of surfaces and specifically coordinated light distributions.
  • LED modules with a tried and tested RGB algorithm can be used to compensate for the colour location shifts that occur on the surface. The result: corporate identity colours with full colour fidelity.
  • Cooperative development leads to more sustainable solutions – with less paint applied in the decorative layer, fewer LEDs and lower power consumption.

Together, KURZ and MENTOR ensure leaner production processes. Thanks to the close partnership between the two experts, new designs can be developed more quickly and less coordination is required in production. Customers thus benefit from a high level of efficiency. This pioneering technology was presented for the first time at the K 2022 trade fair in Düsseldorf.




The KURZ Group is a global leader in thin film technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foil for a wide range of industries, from the packaging and printing industry through to the automotive, electronics, card and textile sectors. KURZ offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for surface finishing, decoration, labeling, and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an ex-tensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. The company is also continuously investing in new technologies and developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. The KURZ Group has more than 5,500 employees at over 30 sites worldwide and produces under standardized quality and environmental standards in Europe, Asia, and the USA. A global network of subsidiaries, representatives and sales offices ensures short paths and individual, on-site consulting.