Top 10 reasons to love paper

  1. Cylinder mould watermarks – the number one security feature worldwide!

The inclusion of cylinder mould made watermarks in security paper offers an unrivaled defence against counterfeiting. The multi-tonal watermark remains the number one publicly recognised security feature available – offering the public invaluable confidence in the authenticity of their banknotes and passports.

With endless design possibilities and a comparatively low cost to most other security features, it’s not surprising that 97% of issued banknotes rely on watermarks as their first line of defence.

  1. The perfect base for customised security

Cylinder mould paper is the perfect substrate in which to integrate your choice of security features – whether that this overt features such as watermarks, security fibres, threads and foils, through to covert security like Enigma® and chemical sensitisation agents. The choice is yours!

  1. Made from natural, sustainable sources 

Paper is the only banknote substrate to be formed from a sustainable source, cotton. Our paper is made from a by-product of the cotton spinning industry, meaning that so long as there is cotton being grown sustainably, we have a steady source of raw materials.  For our passport and high security paper, we only use sustainable and ethically sourced wood pulp – evidenced by our PEFC accreditation.

  1. Public familiarity – it’s all in the ‘feel’

With a heritage dating back centuries, paper banknotes have become entwined with the act of buying – whether that is buying your morning coffee on the way to work, treating your children to a trip to the cinema or buying a bunch of flowers for a loved one. The tactility of paper banknotes is reassuringly familiar and there is an intrinsic confidence in the authenticity of banknotes when it feels right.

  1. Ease of handling – working with cash processing equipment

With a growing automation of the cash cycle you need your banknotes to work with, not against, the machines involved. Over the decades, cash sorting machines and ATMs have been finely tuned to process paper banknotes, meaning paper banknotes remain the easiest banknotes to handle throughout their lifetime.

  1. Ease of printing 

Due to its composition, banknote paper is ideally suited to showcase the intricacies of intaglio print and the perfect base on which to print complex security print features that are a big part of the overall banknote design. As the banknote substrate on which banknote printing was first developed, paper offers excellent print performance and run-ability for security printers.

And why are passports made of paper? One reason is all those little stamps you have throughout your passport that evidence of your exciting travels around the globe. Essentially the substrate has to be receptive to the various ink and stamps used by the border forces throughout the world.

  1. Longevity of ink – a banknote doesn’t look like a banknote if the ink has worn off!

Thanks to the semi-permeable properties of the cotton used to make banknote paper, paper banknotes retain ink coverage very well over their lifespan vs polymer substrates. This means your printed banknote design won’t wear away quickly once in circulation. The addition of an anti-soiling coating (like Platinum®) can extend the lifetime of the banknote too!

  1. Low initial cost 

Paper is the cheapest substrate you can buy. That means you’ll have more to invest in the large range of premium security features that can be integrated into your paper!

  1. Diversity of choice

Over the years, the high security paper industry has settled into a happy balance of cross licensing security patents to each other vs the rather closed polymer patent market. This means once you have decided to specify a feature, like Cornerstone® or Textmark™, you can be assured that your chosen papermaker will be able to integrate this feature for you.

  1. The statistics speak for themselves – you love paper as much as we do!

100% of passports are paper based books – even if they are e-Passports or have polycarbonate data pages – they are still paper based books!

97% of the banknotes issued globally each year are paper banknotes.

It appears we’re not the only ones to love  paper!

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