Hologram packs for UK cigarette brand

14 05 2008

Imperial Tobacco has developed a special edition holographic pack of Lambert & Butler to mark the cigarette marque’s 10 years as the UK’s biggest FMCG brand.

Iain Watkins, trade communications manager at Imperial Tobacco, said: “To stay at the number one spot for ten years is no mean feat and to mark this achievement we have launched special edition holographic packs.

“It is also the first time a registered hologram has been used on a tobacco product, setting a new standard for product packaging.”

It is not clear if the move is made to discourage counterfeiting of the cigarette packs of Lambert & Butler that must be hurting the manufacturer’s business or just a publicity stunt!


Queen Elizabeth’s new Hologram images

3 03 2008

After Prince Charles’ holograms, it is time once again for UK’s Queen Elizabeth to grace the world with her holographic images!

The artist who created a hologram portrait of the Queen four years ago is to demonstrate previously unseen 3D and light-based images of the Queen in a London show.

Chris Levine’s images, worth £1m collectively, show the Queen in various off-guard moments.

Must be a treat for the Queen’s loyalists!

Hologram Clone of Prince Charles

20 12 2007

For the first time ever, the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, will address an energy conference in Abu Dhabi as a hologram.

This unprecedented decision by Prince Charles will enable his environmental impact to a minimum as it will help save an estimated 15 tonnes of carbon that would have been generated if he were to fly in his private plane along with his staff to the World Future Energy Summit in the UAE capital, which happens to be 11,265km (7,000 miles) away!

A three-dimensional image of Prince Charles will be seen giving a five-minute talk at the World Future Energy Summit.

Hologram Tam – The Legend

29 10 2007

Thomas McAnea, 58, a Scotsman spearheaded one of the most sophisticated counterfeiting operations ever seen in Britain, producing fake banknotes that were found across the country.

Thomas is known in the criminal community for his ability to create accurate forgeries which earned him his reputation and his nickname – Tam the Hologram.

Magic fingers and an unerring eye gave “Hologram Tam”, one of the best forgers in Europe, the skills to produce counterfeit banknotes so authentic that when he was arrested nearly £700,000 worth were in circulation.

Thomas McAnea, 58, who was jailed for six years and four months yesterday, was the kingpin of a professional operation based in Glasgow that, according to police, had the capacity to produce £2 million worth of fake notes a day – enough potentially tom destabilise the British economy. More may remain out there undetected.

He had evaded a long prison sentence in 2000 on a technicality after being caught with £1.6 million of counterfeit money.

McAnea could have been living in a fabulous mansion in the Glasgow suburbs, like the drug barons to whom he was a service industry. But the expert forger of holograms and watermarks had no such aspirations. He was unambitious and nondescript, with a serious drink problem. Police sources say that he appeared to have barely two pennies to rub together. Instead, Hologram Tam seemed motivated by the satisfaction of a job well done. – Times Online

The gang developed a system which had the potential to produce £1 million in forgeries every two to three hours.

The raid on the premises in St George’s Road, Maryhill, in January, uncovered what police said was like a “scene from a film”, with blank sheets of paper at one end of the press, the printing plates ready to go and test sheets already produced.

Other raids across the city resulted in the recovery of thousands of pounds of counterfeit euros. There were also fake drivers’ licences, passports and other documents. – Scotsman.com

Holograms to prevent disabled parking badges abuse in Britain

15 09 2007

The British government has announced measures to prevent people from abusing disabled parking badges by introducing holograms on the badges, thus, making them harder to duplicate.

The Department for Transport is also to make Blue Badges available to very young severely disabled children and people with upper limb disabilities. The changes will come into force next month and include a hologram to make the badges harder to copy. Campaigners have welcomed the news but say that more needs to be done to make the scheme work properly. – BBC