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De La Rue Celebrates its 200th Anniversary
Founded by Thomas de la Rue in Guernsey on 6th February 1813, De La Rue is the trusted partner of governments, central banks, issuing authorities and commercial organisations operating in over 150 countries across the world and today celebrates its 200th anniversary.
London, 6 February 2013: Over the past 200 years, De La Rue has established an unparalleled record of innovation that continues today.
De La Rue's legacy began in 1831 when it registered the ace of spades playing card produced using a revolutionary new typographical process ensuring uniformity in card manufacturing. It was subsequently granted a royal patent by William IV to print playing cards that had previously been produced by hand using stencils. In 1840 De La Rue produced its first adhesive postage stamp and in 1846 registered its patent for the first envelope folding machine.
De La Rue secured its first contract to print banknotes with the Bank of Mauritius in 1860 for the Mauritius 10 shilling, £1 and £5 notes. This was the start of a longstanding partnership with the Bank of Mauritius which is still going strong 150 years later. In 1914, De La Rue was commissioned to produce the £1 and 1 shilling notes for the Bank of England, the start of another important collaboration with the Bank that continues today. However, De La Rue's subsidiary, Portals Limited, first produced currency paper for the Bank of England in 1724.
By 1947 the Group was operating in over 60 countries worldwide and was listed on the London Stock Exchange. It subsequently jointly developed and installed the world's first ATM at Barclay's Bank, in Enfield, London in 1967. More recently, in 2003, De La Rue was awarded the contract to print UK Sterling which was extended in 2009. Also in 2009 it secured the contract to produce the UK ePassport which is one of, if not the most secure identity document in the world today. De La Rue produced the 10 millionth new UK ePassport in November 2012.
In recent years the Group has been involved in the design or production of over 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents. In early 2011, working on a tight timescale, De La Rue designed and printed currency for South Sudan, the world's newest country, ahead of its independence later that year.
De La Rue's Chief Executive Officer Mr Tim Cobbold said; "For any company to reach its 200th anniversary is a significant achievement and we are particularly grateful to all the customers that have supported us over the past 200 years.
De La Rue has a long history of innovation and as a part of continuing this rich tradition I was delighted that in December we launched the first De La Rue polymer banknote for Fiji, which is due to go into circulation in March."
For further information:
Group Director of Communications De La Rue
Tel: +44 (0) 1256 605018
Jon Coles, Brunswick Group
Tel: +44 (0) 207 404 5959
Zoe Bird, Brunswick Group
Tel: +44 (0) 207 404 5959
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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