In 2013, when the Bank of England made the decision to move the £5 and £10 from paper to polymer, the decision was based on 3 years of research into the resilience and quality of different substrates. Eight years later, CCL Secure remains lead substrate supplier to the Bank with world-leading Guardian™ polymer substrate.
Despite the global challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, CCL Secure say they have seen polymer banknotes go from strength to strength around the world. “As well as seeing cash usage actually increase in many markets, we’ve helped to launch new notes that use our Guardian substrate in 10 nations,” says Dr. Tim Berridge, the company’s Director of R&D, Marketing and Design.
The Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) has launched a brand new ₡ 20,000 polymer banknote. The newly issued banknote features a KINEGRAM REVIEW® foil stripe supplied by Kurz applied over a complex transparent window using CCL Secure’s world-leading GuardianTM polymer substrate.
CCL Secure has continued its partnership with Wigton neighbour, the Nelson Thomlinson School donating perspex screens for the classrooms. The screens will allow for lessons to resume following the UK's lockdown.
CCL Secure has been nominated in this year’s IACA Excellence in Currency Awards for Best New Environmental Sustainability Project. This nomination recognises the CCL’s efforts to mitigate the environmental impacts of its operations.
Bank of Namibia has issued its first banknote on Guardian™ polymer substrate with its new N$30. The new banknote celebrates 3 decades of independence, smooth transition of power between 3 presidents – Peace Stability and Progress.
In an increasingly environmentally conscious world in which the effects of a changing climate are beginning to be realised, companies are looking at their products, services and operations to identify areas for improvements to environmental sustainability. The world of banknote production is no different.
The Bank of England recently released figures on replacing its new Guardian banknotes due to everyday wear and damage, revealing:
-Under 3% of the polymer £5 notes in circulation were replaced in 2019 (to end September), compared to around 60% of the paper £5 series V notes in 2015 (the last full calendar year before the polymer £5 was issued.
-Under 2% of the polymer £10 notes in circulation were replaced in 2019 (to end September), compared to around 53% of the paper £10 series V notes in 2016 (the last full calendar year before the polymer £10 was issued)
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) recently released a report titled A Cost-benefit Analysis of Polymer, which analyses Australia’s decision to become the first country to issue a full series of polymer banknotes from a financial perspective.
The report finds the decision to embrace innovation and make the switch, completed over 1992–96, was indeed a clever one, resulting in net savings of close to $1 billion over the past 25 years.
Throughout 2019, CCL Secure has worked with central banks and other suppliers to release several new Guardian polymer notes. Other milestones included award recognition from the International Association of Currency Affairs, hosting informative events around the world, establishing a charitable fund in the UK and furthering our work with the Bank of England to provide substrate for future polymer notes.
CCL Secure Design Manager, Bradley Booth, took to the stage at the High Security Printing (HSP) Asia conference to unveil a special Guardian note celebrating the substrate’s 30-year history, produced jointly with Note Printing Australia.
On 1 December 2019, the National Bank of Romania issued a commemorative Lei 100 banknote, using Guardian polymer substrate, to celebrate the historic completion of the Great Union which occurred just over 100 years ago.
CCL Secure has launched a new charitable fund to support communities in Cumbria, the county where its Wigton site is based. Managed by the Cumbria Community Foundation, the CCL Secure Fund will provide grants to volunteer and community groups that help people facing disadvantage.
Counterfeiting is the enemy of currency, a pernicious crime used by individuals or gangs for personal gain or in the political arena to “destabilise rival countries” as a recent article by the Reserve Bank Australia (RBA) reports.
Whilst the antithetical pair are on the one hand powerful forces working against each other, their history is one of close convergence.
English Romantic artist JMW Turner will feature on the new £20 note unveiled by The Bank of England today, set for issuance on 20 February 2020.
To celebrate the work of one of nation’s most cherished artistic figures, the note will feature the quote “Light is therefore colour” from an 1818 lecture by Turner referring to the innovative use of light, shade, colour and tone in his pictures.
75% of the new £20 notes will be on Guardian polymer when they enter circulation next year.
The past year has been another award-winning period for polymer banknotes.
The Bank of Canada’s new vertical $10 note and commemorative $10 note, both on Guardian polymer, received the highest accolades in the International Association of Currency Affairs’ 2019 Excellence in Currency Awards. Other polymer finalists in the program included Papua New Guinea’s commemorative K100 and Uruguay’s commemorative $U50.
2018 marked 30 years since the first polymer banknote was introduced. As this momentous year draws to a close, we take a look back at the many banknotes issued on Guardian™ polymer substrate throughout 2018, which provided each central bank with benefits for durability, security, cleanliness and the environment.
New notes on CCL Secure’s Guardian™ polymer substrate have been recently launched in Australia and announced in Uruguay, highlighting Guardian™’s benefits in terms of security, durability, environmental impact and public confidence.
The Central Bank of Uruguay (CBU) will issue its first banknote on Guardian™ polymer substrate with its new commemorative $50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the central bank. The bank credits Guardian™ polymer for a note that is more inclusive, secure and longer lasting.
London, England – CCL Secure has been awarded for the second year in a row ‘Most Innovative Banknote Technology Global’ in the 2018 CFI.co Awards for its Guardian™ polymer substrate, the most sophisticated banknote substrate in the world. The award recognises our company’s ongoing efforts to keep redefining banknote security, as well as giving back to the industry to help it grow.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – The High Security Printing - Latin America conference took place this year in the Dominican Republic in June. On Tuesday 12 June, Marvin Alvarado, treasurer of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), announced in his presentation the bank's decision to change all their denominations currently printed on cotton paper to polymer substrate.
Sydney, Australia – The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has today revealed the design of the new $50 banknote. As with the existing banknote, the new $50 features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan. The new banknotes will be released into general circulation in October 2018.
Barcelona, Spain – Each year since its inception, the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) has given Excellence in Holography awards to outstanding holographic projects for the year presented at The Holography Conference.
London, United Kingdom - CCL Secure is delighted to announce that it has entered into a ten-year contract with Bank of England to supply the polymer substrate for the next £20 banknote, to be issued in 2020 featuring the artist J.M.W. Turner.
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam – To mark the auspicious event of the Golden Jubilee Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) issues a commemorative BND 50 Guardian™ polymer note.
Sydney, Australia - The new Australian $10 banknote on Guardian™ enters circulation today, 20 September. As with the release of the new $5 banknote last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia has announced issuance is being supported by an information campaign to ensure that the Australian public is able to identify the new banknote and its security features.
The South China Morning Post reports the Hong Kong $20 paper have 48 times more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than samples collected elsewhere, according to research conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Hong Kong.
CCL Secure’s design competition in June as part of the 2nd Latin American Guardian™ Polymer Seminar, was an incredibly rewarding experience for both participants and the company. Held in Antigua Guatemala, we received outstanding design entries and extremely positive feedback from central bank representatives.
Newton, Singapore – To commemorate this special occasion, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, jointly launched a set of two $50 commemorative Guardian™ polymer notes, comprising one Brunei Darussalam $50 note and one Singapore $50 note, at a ceremony held at the Singapore Istana.
CCL Secure enjoyed an industry triumph when the Guardian™ Global Recycling Program won the Best Banknote Processing Innovation at the 2017 International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) Excellence in Currency Awards, staged during the Currency Conference 2017 Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur.
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Antigua, Guatemala – CCL Secure organiza el presente concurso de prototipo y concepto de billete promocional para diseñadores, desde estudiantes a profesionales, como parte del II Seminario Latinoamericano de Polímero Guardian™ que tendrá lugar en Antigua (Guatemala) los días 22, 23 y 24 de junio de 2017.
CCL Secure is running an exciting competition for designers – from students, to up-and-comers, to professionals – to come up with their very own prototype of a promotional banknote concept for the 2nd Latin American Guardian™ Polymer Seminar in Antigua (Guatemala) this June, 22-24.
Melbourne, Australia- Innovia Security, manufacturer of the world-leading polymer banknote substrate Guardian™, is today operating under our new name of CCL Secure. This marks the start of a new chapter in the growth of polymer banknotes worldwide.
Innovia Group, the global leader in specialty BOPP films and polymer banknote substrate, announced today that they have agreed an offer from CCL Industries Inc, a global specialty industrial business, to acquire Innovia Group for CAN $1.13 billion (€810 million).
Wigton, United Kingdom - Wigton has set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for creating the Largest human currency symbol, celebrating the launch of the UK's New Fiver on Innovia’s polymer substrate last month.
Sydney, Australia - The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced the issuing of a new $5 banknote on Guardian™, incorporating a fresh new design with enhanced security features and the world-first clear edge-to-edge window.
Mexico City, Mexico - Central Bank of Nicaragua has claimed this year’s Regional Banknote of the Year award by Reconnaissance International during their Latin American High Security Printing Conference.
Sydney, Australia – As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Professor David Solomon has received the top-tier Companion (AC) recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, but he only has to open his wallet for proof of his value to science.
Leatherhead, United Kingdom - Security print market specialist Smithers Pira has reported that the Bank of England’s decision to print its new £5 banknote on a polymer substrate aligns with one of the most disruptive current trends in the sector across the next decade.
Washington D.C., USA - During his keynote presentation at Banknote Conference 2016, Innovia Security's Director of Sales & Marketing Steve Casey announced that the company is prepared to engage in technology transfer of Clarity™C high-security base film to other substrate suppliers.
Melbourne, Australia - Innovia Security has today announced it has agreed commercial terms with Barroven Pty Ltd to acquire its intellectual property relating to high security inks and their range of coloured inks and toners.
Sydney, Australia - The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has unveiled the new $5 banknote that will enter circulation from September this year. It is the first in the next generation of Australian banknotes on Guardian™ polymer substrate that will each feature a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird.
Wellington, New Zealand - The new $20, $50 and $100 banknotes were revealed at Government House today by the Governor-General, Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae. The new banknotes complete RBNZ’s new ‘Series 7’ family on Guardian™ polymer substrate.
Bristol, England - The Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, announced that the next issue of the £20 banknote will be on polymer. The announcement is the culmination of years of extensive research and stakeholder consultation.
Wellington, New Zealand - Prime Minister John Key joined the Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler and Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand to launch the first two denominations – $5 and $10 – in the new Guardian™ banknote family for New Zealand.
Munich, Germany - Produced by leading publisher 'Banknote Industry News', the recently released first issue of 'Banknote Technology Report' includes a feature story on one of our latest security features, Guardian LATITUDE™.
Melbourne, Australia - SPECIMEN, Innovia Security’s high quality industry publication, is having a new electronic debut – in the way of a fully interactive tablet version available on iPad and Android devices.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - As reported in the AsiaOne newspaper (2 February 2015), Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) move to reuse fit notes longer is undoubtedly aided by the arrival of polymer RM1 and RM5 notes.
Melbourne, Australia – As part of Innovia Group, one of the outstanding capabilities supporting the production and manufacture of Guardian™ polymer substrate is the combined R&D resources of Wigton-based Innovia Films and Melbourne-based Innovia Security.
Wigton, England - The announcement by Allerdale Borough Council that Innovia Security has received planning approval to build its new facility in Wigton, has generated excitement and praise from the local community.
Melbourne, Australia - Innovia Security is pleased to announce Mr Bernhard Imbach has accepted the position of Managing Director Innovia Security, taking over from Philippe Etienne who advised the Board late last year of his desire to retire mid-2014.
Port Vila, Vanuatu - Prime Minister Joe Natuman and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu Simeon Athy were all smiles as they announced the launch of the country's three new denominations on Guardian™ polymer substrate: the Vt200, Vt1000 and Vt2000.
Melbourne, Australia - As reported by CBC News on 14 January 2014, read the incredible behind-the-scenes story of the world's most advanced banknote launch event, when Astronaut Chris Hadfield introduced the new Guardian™...
Melbourne, Australia - Following the Bank of England’s decision in 2013 to print the next £5 and £10 banknotes on polymer substrate, the Bank announced today that it has entered into a contract with Innovia Security to supply Guardian™ polymer substrate for the next generation £5 and £10 notes.
Melbourne, Australia - Following the publication of the 2013 banknote counterfeiting statistics by Banco de México earlier this week, the report confirms that the redesigned $50 peso Guardian™ banknote has been effective in reducing counterfeiting levels in this denomination by 68.1%.
London, England - Following the first meeting of the BnEI Accreditation Council on February 17 and 18, Innovia Security has been accepted as a Member of the Banknote Ethics Initiative (BnEI). The Council’s decision means Innovia Security is one of the first three organisations in the banknote industry to receive the prestigious accreditation.
Melbourne, Australia - After reaching its second anniversary in the Canadian economy, the Toronto Sun newspaper (8 February 2014) reports that Guardian™ polymer banknotes and associated security features have contributed to dramatically reducing the number of counterfeits passed.
Melbourne, Australia - Bank of England announced that Guardian™ polymer substrate will be used for the next generation of £5 and £10 banknotes, which will feature Sir Winston Churchill and Jane Austen respectively.
Melbourne, Australia - In an outstanding endorsement of the new Canadian note series and of Guardian™, the new Canadian Polymer Banknote Series has been named ‘Banknote Series of the Year’ and the C$100 named ‘Banknote of the Year’ by the industry’s peak body, the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA).
Findings of a comprehensive 2010 study in which 1280 banknotes were obtained from food outlets in 10 different countries (including Guardian™ using nations Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico) and their bacterial content enumerated.