According to an article on Bernama dated 29 November 2013, Japan’s Ministry of Finance has launched a promotion campaign in the hope of attracting orders to print banknotes and passports for other countries by highlighting Japan’s cutting-edge anti-counterfeit technologies. Japan’s only experience printing notes for other countries was when itRead More…

According to an article in KyivPost dated 23 July 2013, “The banknote paper factory of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has introduced a technology for producing paper impregnated with an anti-fungal agent.” The UkrainianJoural.com adds that the factory is “in talks with two well-known foreign companies in Europe regardingRead More…

According to a BBC News article dated 11 February 2013, the Reserve Bank of Australia has agreed to sell its 50% stake in Securency International for A$65m ($67m; £40m) to UK-based Innovia Films, which already owns the remaining 50%. Securency is the developer of polymer-based Guardian banknote substrate. Courtesy ofRead More…

According to a Reuters article dated 13 June 2012, Syria has begun issuing new banknotes printed in Russia by Goznak, that nation’s largest security printer. Syria’s current 2009 issues (B627a – B629a) were printed by Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck in Austria, but OeBS has pulled out of the troubled countryRead More…

According to an article in MarketWatch dated 17 October 2012, Germany’s Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft (KBA) has agreed to stop supplying SPMO [Iran’s Security Printing and Minting Organization] and the Central Bank of Iran with the equipment needed to produce rial banknotes, as part of international efforts to force IranRead More…