03 July 2013
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Keeping up with new standards in vehicle security

Recently released standards on vehicle security labelling from the People's Republic of China are the most stringent yet seen and tesa UK is taking the initiative by inviting OEMs and suppliers to seek advice if they are unsure of the requirements.

Vehicle security and identity labelling has become ever more important to combat theft and prevent copying. Typically, modern cars carry anything between 15 – 20 laser labels, from vehicle identification (VIN) and certifications, to service, security, warning and instruction information. Vital driver information extends from cautions about safety hazards to servicing instructions, tyre pressures and airbag details, adding an important secondary function of driver safety to the need for vehicle identity.

tesa's technology for laser etching on its products 6940 Rapid and 6947 offers a complete label making kit which can produce bespoke individual labels, each featuring unique data and in a language of choice. The process is now up to four times quicker than other systems and the ability to rapidly produce a different iteration each time eliminates the risk of mistakes occurring during the production of pre-printed label templates.

Laser labels are highly resistant to chemicals, abrasion, temperature and ageing and, based on a double layer, brittle acrylic film, remain tamper evident over the entire lifetime of the vehicle. The data carrier is destroyed when tampered with, leaving visible traces that make label transfer impossible.

The complexity of International regulations and production underline the importance of using labels that are sure to meet all the relevant specifications. According to the influential China Car Times, imports are rising at some 30% a year and on the basis of the recorded data for 2011, are estimated now at around the 1.5 million mark.

In all likelihood International automotive identification requirements will gravitate towards the highest point, and as part of its policy of comprehensive customer service, tesa is offering both its expertise and its products to help the industry keep in line with the new standards.

Paul Gay

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