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      Beyond clean, green, durable and secure.

      SAFEGUARD® was launched in response to central bank demand in 2012. Since then it has become De La Rue’s fastest growing product, already being issued by 24 issuing authorities; nine issuing authorities, including the Bank of England, have selected it as part of their dual supply polymer strategy.

      Several central banks have said they moved to polymer because it is cleaner, greener, more durable and more secure than paper banknotes. De La Rue is the only provider of polymer substrate who also manufactures finished banknotes, combining substrate and print design for exceptional product integration. 

      SAFEGUARD® Designed to Last

      Banknotes are designed to survive washing machines, harsh chemicals, general handling, exposure to sunlight, heat and much more. In fact there are multiple standard industry tests that banknote security features and substrates have to pass before they can be used in real banknotes.

      We put SAFEGUARD® through all of the standard industry tests and encourage our customers to do the same.


      Perfect for:

      • Improving the cleanliness of banknotes in circulation
      • Improving banknote durability and reduced environmental impact
      • Introducing new counterfeiting barriers
      • Unlocking new banknote design possibilities
      • Dual supply with other polymer banknote substrate

      A transition to SAFEGUARD® involves exceptional product design from first concepts to finished banknotes and De La Rue’s expert support at every stage of the process. SAFEGUARD® is provided as finished banknotes to central banks and as substrate to state printing works and commercial banknote manufacturers.

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      Mark Spencer

      We are available to answer your questions about this feature. Simply get in touch with Mark Spencer, Technical Product Manager

      Case studies

      Bank of England's new £20 polymer banknote

      The Bank of England recently issued their new £20 polymer banknote. In the lead up to this De La Rue creative designers and technical experts worked closely with the Bank through a process that involved polymer substrate qualification, concept design development, proofing, trials and all the way through to final production. The £20 is the first Bank of England denomination to use SAFEGUARD® alongside CCL’s Guardian® substrate. The £20 also highlights, as the sole manufacturer of sterling, De La Rue’s technical expertise in printing a complex banknote on two different polymer substrates to produce identical banknotes.

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