Leaders in quality banknote printing: innovative and trusted
We have been printing banknotes for almost 170 years and our expertise is reflected in every note. With our high-tech printing processes and quality inspection systems, we ensure that issuers throughout the world safeguard their banknotes for the Cash Cycle.
Despite many erroneous prophecies to the contrary, cash is popular and here to stay. It is estimated that there are up to 500 billion banknotes in circulation worldwide, and over 150 billion notes per year are reprinted. At the same time, banknote security enhancement continues to be a critical factor for the industry to reduce the incidence of counterfeiting. With our advanced printing processes, managed services, and distinct focus on quality, we realize every currency as a unique, secure and cost-effective solution. Banknotes are a country's business card, and the design imperatives and their unique properties including color-shift, tactile, and interactive elements enable them to be authenticated and mechanically processed.
Our company has a long tradition of banknote printing. Hermann Giesecke and Alphonse Devrient printed their first banknote in 1854: the ten thaler note for the Weimarische Bank. Today our business partners include central banks, as well as banknote and security printers for more than 100 countries.
Innovation through integration
Banknotes are constantly being refined and we customize our production process for each currency. The printing processes generally follow a defined sequence, whilst also offering the customer an array of integration options. For example, it is possible to combine a variety of printing processes, such as offset and intaglio, with the PEAK® security feature (Printed Embossed Anticopy Key). We provide the right balance of innovative and secure features for each denomination.
Sampling inspires confidence
The look and feel of a banknote is key for trust and recognition in circulation. Before a large banknote order is printed, we produce prototypes and sample banknotes for the central bank. These can be used to check whether the design and security features integrate perfectly to the customer's expectations. This enables the further optimization of individual designs and security features.
High-grade production standards worldwide
Central banks across the globe rely on the quality of our products, as well as our flexibility and adherence to deadlines. We guarantee consistently high standards at all production sites. This objective pays off: with cutting-edge production techniques, a distinct focus on quality, sustainable processes and ongoing optimization, we achieve impressive results for our customers.
Quality without compromise
The higher the quality of the banknote, the better it meets its requirements in the Cash Cycle. To this end, we assess the quality of our notes during each individual production step to get to the root of possible causes for rejection. These findings are then used to refine the production process. And before shipping, each individual note is checked again by our exceptional BPS® X9 banknote processing system.
Accelerated circulation simulation
We need to predict how a new banknote series will behave in circulation. In a series of durability tests, we subject the banknotes to a range of laboratory tests to simulate circulation in extreme conditions.