De La Rue is awarded latest Bahrain passport contract, securing a partnership of almost 50 years

Manama, Bahrain 17th April 2014; De La Rue has been awarded a 5 year supply contract by the Kingdom of Bahrain for the nation's machine readable passport and high security film laminate bio-data page protection solution. This award secures a partnership that first started in 1971 and includes a book redesign within the contract terms.

Bahrain's Passport contract award, made earlier this year, covers the supply of 100 thousand machine readable passports per year for the next five years. De La Rue has also been commissioned to design a new book for the government, which will include the latest security features and technologies, countering specific threats and ensuring the document's integrity against potential attack and counterfeit.

In addition to the book, De La Rue will be supplying half a million specially designed MLIS patches, a proprietary high security thin film laminate, to protect the holders details on the book's bio-data page.

Bahrain also use De La Rue's MIDIS software package for their document issuance solution for print and personalisation.

This contract award is the result of a thorough and highly transparent tender process. Every stage of the purchase was carefully monitored by Ministry of the Interior Tender Committee to ensure absolute compliance to government procurement rules.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Isa Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Assistant Undersecretary, Nationality Passports and Residence at Bahrain's Ministry of Interior, said “We have worked with De La Rue for many years now and appreciate the strong relations and ongoing support we receive from this organisation."

 “We are absolutely delighted with this latest award from the Government of Bahrain" commented Mr Paul Ashcroft, De La Rue EMEA Sales Director, “De La Rue's ongoing strategic collaboration with Bahrain is testament to the importance we place on building long term partnerships with our customers, working alongside them to develop the most appropriate identity solutions and future proofed roadmaps, to ensure we continuously meet the needs of both the government and their citizens."

For further information:

Rob Hutchison
Group Director of Communications, De La Rue
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 605018

About De La Rue plc:

As the world's largest integrated commercial banknote printer, De La Rue is a trusted partner of governments, central banks, issuing authorities and commercial organisations around the world.

The Group has in recent years been involved in the design or production of over 150 national currencies. De La Rue also produces a wide range of security documents including passports, driving licences, authentication labels and tax stamps. In addition, the Group manufactures sophisticated, high speed cash sorting and inspection equipment.

De La Rue also offers a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.

De La Rue employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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