Paper manufacturing

Banknote paper is a complex product. It is the foundation of the banknote as it carries embedded (watermarks, security threads), applied (holographic foil, iridescent stripes) and printed (intaglio, offset, OVI) security features. In addition to the demand for security, banknote paper must also meet durability criteria. It must be resistant to wear and tear to stay in circulation for as long as possible.

We have produced banknote paper for more than 140 countries. We put our long experience and unique know-how in banknote paper production at the disposal of central banks and high security printers. Our paper mill in Crèvecoeur (France) has built over the years extensive experience in addressing the most challenging paper requirements. We are fully committed to excellence and strive to maintain a high level of quality right from cotton selection through delivery of finished banknote paper to the customers’ premises.

Crevecoeur, an ancestral savoir-faire

Arjowiggins Security has a long tradition of paper manufacturing. Crèvecoeur paper mill, formerly called The Old Moulin du Marais, has been producing paper since 1580 cumulating over 400 years’ experience of papermaking. Banknote paper production started in 1791 (“the assignat”). Since then, regular investments have been made in the most up-to-date equipment to adapt to the fast-changing technologies in banknotes.

Modern and comprehensive equipment dedicated to banknote paper

Our Crèvecoeur paper mill is equipped with cylinder mould paper machines that deliver high quality watermarks, high durability papers and integrate the most advanced security threads like Picture and Wink threads. We are capable of producing paper with applied security features such as iridescent stripes. We guarantee flexibility to meet all our customers’ requirements.

A highly-skilled and customer-oriented team

A committed team of experts including engineers, technicians and designers works to offer tailor-made solutions that will respond to the most stringent customers’ needs. We design multi-tonal, electrotype, Pixel and even high definition Vision watermarks customised according to the client’s requests. We can create security threads that bring security and easy authentication by the general public.

High level of quality standards

We give great importance to quality and take it very seriously. Our ambition is to ensure strict security and quality from the client’s initial request to order delivery. Rigorous and continuous control at all stages of the manufacturing process is carried out to ensure that the customer’s final product complies with his exact requirements. Our paper mill has ISO 9001:2008, ISO 21500:2012 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations.