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Sicpa Security Solutions Dubai
Sicpa Security Solutions Dubai – Founded by Maurice Amon (1880-1959), the Swiss company started by supplying the agricultural and food industries with its main product, a special fat used in the milking of cows. The quality of Swiss milk and cream was already internationally appreciated and used in Switzerland’s famous chocolate and cheeses.
FIRST SECURITY INKS
SICPA produced its first supplies of security inks in the 1940s for the Spanish peseta banknotes. Under the leadership of Maurice’s son, Albert Amon (1916-2010), the company earned a reputation for stability based on a long-term vision. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the company expanded in Europe and overseas, almost exclusively focused on the production of printing inks. Its research in ink chemistry and formulation enabled SICPA to supply new intaglio security inks for currencies and to establish quality standards.
On its own initiative, SICPA defined standards for the print quality and the chemical and physical resistance of the inks in order to ensure that printed banknotes were suitable for circulation in the most demanding climatic and cultural conditions. This work, monitored by the Lausanne University Institute of Criminology, was endorsed by Interpol in 1969. The norms it established were adopted by banknote printers worldwide and are still valid today.
NEW DYNAMICS IN BANKNOTE SECURITY
In the 1980s and 1990s, SICPA expanded further in Europe and Asia. The company created OVI®, a colour-shifting ink and anti-copying security technology which has become a reference in the industry. In 2008, the SPARK® technology of dynamic colour-shifting ink was first used. During that period, the company became the global leader in security inks and integrated security solutions for banknotes and value documents.
A gifted and charismatic communicator, Albert Amon succeeded in forging long-term partnerships with industry leaders and is recognised as one of the pioneers who raised the security inks industry from the banknote-crafting model of the 1950s to its current level of professionalisation and sophistication.
LEADER IN PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION AND TRACEABILITY SOLUTIONS
Since the end of the last century and in response to the massive increase in the illicit trade of goods and industrial counterfeiting, SICPA has developed a strong position as creator of integrated product authentication and traceability solutions for governments and brand owners. These solutions combine material-based security ink technology with information-based secure tracking & tracing technology.