Basingstoke, 3rd November 2015: Her Majesty’s Passport Office has today announced the new design for the UK Passport to the press and general public. The new book celebrates 500 years of creativity in the United Kingdom and features well known images from artists, landmarks, architecture, iconic British innovations and the performing arts/
De La Rue, as the world's largest commercial passport producer and designer, has worked closely with HM Passport Office to introduce this new design. As part of De La Rue's ten year contract with HM Passport Office, over 28m passports have already been produced. The new design, which will be issued to customers as part of a phased roll out from December this year, incorporates new features that will enhance the security of the document. This ensures that it will continue to meet both rigorous international standards and be one of the most secure passports in the world.
Commenting on the announcement, Martin Sutherland, the Chief Executive Officer of De La Rue said: ‘As one of the world’s leading authentication businesses, we are proud of our on-going relationship with Her Majesty’s Passport Office, and delighted to be working with them to deliver this innovative new passport design.'
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De La Rue is a leading commercial banknote printer, security paper maker and provider of security products and software solutions and, as a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations around the world, is at the forefront of the battle against the counterfeiter.
As the world's largest commercial banknote printer, De La Rue provides customers with a fully integrated range of sophisticated products and services which are available either individually or as a whole. This includes a leading design capability, production of innovative security components, manufacture of security paper and polymer substrates and sophisticated printing of banknotes, all contributing to trust in the integrity of currencies.
De La Rue is the world's largest commercial passport manufacturer in an environment of increasing global concern over security at national boundaries and border control. De La Rue also produces a wide range of other security products, including tax stamps for governments who are seeking to combat illicit trade and collect excise duties. Other products include authentication labels, assuring purchasers of product validity, and government identity documents. In addition the Group manufactures high speed cash sorting and banknote inspection equipment.
The company also provides a range of specialist services and software solutions including government identity schemes, product authentication systems and cash management processing solutions.De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON:DLAR). For further information visitwww.delarue.com