About De La Rue in Malta
With more than 40 years of proud history of operations and strong relations with the people of Malta, De La Rue has contributed to the country’s economy and its community since 1975.
De La Rue’s relationship here goes back over a century; De La Rue produced Malta’s first stamp in 1860 and became the supplier of its banknotes in 1918, continuing as the sole supplier until Malta entered the Euro in 2008.
Recognising the strategic and geographical importance of Malta for a highly skilled production facility and an export hub to the rest of the world, De La Rue first commenced its operations in the country with a purpose-built banknote factory. This marked the start of a long, strong, and supportive relationship with the people and the Government of Malta.
Our relationship, investment and growth continued, with a second facility to expand our product range opening in 2008 and the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Security Print in 2016. We’ve also made significant progress in reducing the environmental impact of our operations and will continue to focus here.
The site today exports over 14 billion unique banknotes, tax stamps and other high security products and to over 85 countries around the world – that’s over 30,000 items for every single person living in Malta. Planned investments will further improve our capability and increase our production capacity. Our tax stamp capacity will more than double and increased banknote capacity will create a more agile footprint, with the ability to handle surges in demand.
Products produced in Malta include:
- Tax stamps
- Authentication labels
- Polycarbonate data pages
Malta in focus
Our journey - A culture of continuous improvement
Purpose built in 1975 to produce currency, De La Rue Malta has continued to invest in its facilities and its people. Here are some of our more recent highlights.
2002: Banknote SuperLine
The site was selected to be the recipient of a banknote “SuperLine” from the Group’s operations in Singapore, in response to an increase in demand and the strengthening of its position as a gateway to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
2016: Strategic Investment
The site has remained critical to the Group and core to the overall business strategy with on going investment into its manufacturing capabilities and continued training and up-skill of its employees.
2018: Multi Product Centre of Excellence
Most recently, De La Rue Malta has seen substantial enhancement with new state-of-the-art plate making facilities, a new polycarbonate production line to meet the growing needs of the identity sector, a high security logistics centre and achievement of ISO14298 for the management of security printing processes at the highest available Central Bank accreditation level.
2021: Major facilities upgrade
De La Rue Malta is delighted to announce a major upgrade to our existing facilities in Malta to become a 29k sqm state-of-the-art manufacturing site. This investment is supported by Malta's economic development agency, Malta Enterprise, and the Government of Malta.
De La Rue Malta is the most secure printing facility on the island, working in partnership with the Maltese government, for the people of Malta and the world beyond.
- Highest standards of both physical and digital security
- Highly skilled staff and experts
- In house on-site engineering team, dedicated process managers
- Continued and ongoing investment programme in our people and equipment
- Competitive edge in terms of service, security, quality and customer value-add
- Specialist security production equipment, not commercially available
- Lean manufacturing methodologies and approaches
"De La Rue has been manufacturing in Malta since 1975 and we are extremely proud of the skilled workforce we have here. The De La Rue Malta site has a strong track record managing investment, business continuity and consistently meeting targets against our commitments. We continue to be humbled and honoured by the welcome of the Maltese people and government and look forward to long-term continued cooperation."
Clive Vacher, CEO, De La Rue