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      De La Rue globally supports governments and organisations

      De La Rue provides governments and commercial organisations with products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods.

      Established over 200 years ago, De La Rue is at the forefront of new developments in the delivery of security and integrity to the Cash Supply Chain and the provision of Product Authentication solutions.

      Our products and services help countries to trade, companies to sell and economies to grow.


      Our focus

      De La Rue work with governments, central banks and
      commercial organisations around the globe in two core areas: 


      Currency solutions

      Flexibility and expertise derived from a global manufacturing footprint combine with exceptional and seamless product design. De La Rue provides fully finished banknotes, secure polymer substrate and banknote security features to central banks and currency issuing authorities.

      View our Currency solutions

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      Authentication solutions

      Safeguarding revenue and reputations demands authentication and traceability solutions that are robust, adaptable and can be quickly deployed. De La Rue provides comprehensive modular software solutions, physical security labels and documents for a wide variety of commercial and government applications.

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      Our mission

      To provide governments and commercial organisations with products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. Operating in the fundamental areas of cash supply chain, product authentication and citizen identity needs, De La Rue applies vital values to the way in which we do business and the impact this has on our customers.

      Our purpose

      “To enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy.”


      Our foundations

      Two divisions delivering focus
      Currency focusing on banknotes and the Cash Supply Chain management.
      Authentication helping to prevent the Illicit trade of products and identities by protecting revenues, reputations and citizens.

      Approx. 2,300 employees
      We have about 2,300 dedicated and passionate employees across four continents and we are moving to be closer to our customers.

       

      One global supply chain
      We work with suppliers and partners all over the world to ensure sustainability and reliable delivery to our customers. And we hold these suppliers and partners to the same high ethical standards that we adopt ourselves.


      1,000+ patents
      Our knowledge is underpinned by over 200 years of continuous innovation. Ideas that derive from our R&D are patented and applied across the various services and products we offer.

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      1905

      The Onoto pen was launched, which was the world's first plunger-filling pen that used the vacuum principle. It became a heavily marketed, extremely successful line, used Field Marshal Earl Haig, Edgar Wallace, and Winston Churchill.

      1914
      1914

      The UK Government commissioned De La Rue to print 10 shilling notes on the outbreak of war, which went into overdrive to deliver 2.5 million notes during the first five weeks of the war.

      1934
      1934

      De La Rue received its first currency order from China, whose continued orders would make it a vital customer for the next 15 years.

      1939 War II France Note
      1939

      During World War II, De La Rue worked with a number of occupied countries to print currency, which was hidden in a quarry until the war was over, when it could be delivered or picked up.

      1940
      1940

      On September 11th, the company's factories and offices at Bunhill Row were destroyed in the Blitz. With the help of other firms, De La Rue was able to deliver on all its critical orders.

      1947
      1947

      De La Rue was listed on the London Stock Exchange on 27 March 1947.

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      1951

      100 years after their success at the Great Exhibition, De La Rue had a large display at the Festival of Britain, and organised a company outing to enjoy it.

      1957
      1957

      In 1957 De La Rue first marketed a banknote counting machine. De La Rue Instruments was later formed to run this line.

      1959
      1959

      De La Rue set up Security Express Ltd with Wells Fargo, to offer secure delivery to those handling money and other secure items.

      1959 Formica
      1959

      De La Rue formed the new Formica International with American Cynamid to market Formica worldwide.

      1961
      1961

      Waterlow & Sons, a banknote, stamp, and general security printer, which had been founded in 1810, was acquired.

      1965 Giori
      1965

      De La Rue Giori formed, becoming the contemporary sole supplier of banknote printing equipment.

      1967
      1967

      De La Rue jointly developed and installed the world’s first through-the-wall ATM at Barclay’s Bank in Enfield, UK. Photo used with kind permission of Barclay’s Bank PLC.

      1969
      1969

      De La Rue sold its playing card business to John Waddington.

      1986
      1986

      De La Rue acquired Bradbury Wilkinson & Co., a banknote, stamp, and share printer. A year later Amblehurst Ltd was acquired, which became De La Rue Holographics.

      1990
      1990

      De La Rue House in Basingstoke officially opened as the company's UK headquarters.

      1993
      1993

      The Camelot Group plc consortium was established with De La Rue as the security experts, which a year later won the licence to operate the UK National Lottery.

      1995
      1995

      De La Rue acquired Portals Group plc, the manufacturer of banknote paper which had worked with the Bank of England since 1724.

      1997
      1997

      De La Rue acquired Harrison & Sons, the stamp and other security printer, and Ohukuos Cartes et Systemes, which produced smart cards.

      2003
      2003

      In 2003 De La Rue signed a seven year contract to print and supply sterling for the Bank of England, taking over the bank’s manufacturing operation

      2007
      2007

      De La Rue won the Queen’s Award for Innovation for its StarChrome® banknote thread feature

      2009
      2009

      De La Rue won a 10 year contract to produce the UK passport and the Bank of England renewed the contract to print sterling.

      2010
      2010

      De La Rue sold its interest in Camelot.

      2012
      2012

      The first banknote using De La Rue’s Safeguard polymer substrate, the Fiji $5, was unveiled and entered circulation in January 2013

      2013
      2013

      De La Rue celebrated its 200th anniversary.

      2013_2
      2013

      De La Rue won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation for its super wide Optiks banknote security thread with a clear window in the banknote, and the associated paper making process.

      2015
      2015

      De La Rue launches DLR Identify™, a new citizen centric web based software solution for the secure management, personalisation and storage of citizen identity data.

      2016
      2016

      De La Rue sells Cash Processing Solutions Limited.

      2016
      2016

      De La Rue launches DLR Identify™ for CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics), a new solution that will help governments to tackle the challenge of citizen identity management and its foundation.

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      2016

      Sir Winston Churchill Fiver, the first polymer banknote in the UK and printed by De La Rue, is issued into circulation today by the Bank of England.

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      2016

      The Central Bank of the Bahamas launches first denomination of new family with De La Rue’s Active™ security thread.

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      2016

      De La Rue acquires DuPont Authentication, a leading global producer of photopolymer holographic films, 3D holograms and associated software.

      2017
      2017

      De La Rue launches DLR Analytics™, a software solution for Central Banks to give data led insight of their Cash Cycle.

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      2017

      De La Rue announces that it has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact sustainability programme.

      2018
      2018

      De La Rue announces that it has entered into a strategic agreement for the Group’s paper business, to be named Portals De La Rue Limited.

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