Bank of England’s Chief Cashier opens new Clarity™C production line
6 November 2015
Wigton, England - Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier of Bank of England, officially opened Innovia Films’ new Clarity™C production line at their Wigton site.
Victoria was given a tour of the new production facility accompanied by Mark Robertshaw, Chief Executive Officer – Innovia Group, Joe Piccione, Managing Director – Innovia Films and Bernhard Imbach, Managing Director – Innovia Security.
Innovia Group CEO, Mark Robertshaw, Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland and Innovia Films MD, Joe Piccione
inspecting a reel of Clarity™C film at the end of the new production line.
The new line is part of an overall investment programme of over £40 million which includes the build of the new Innovia Security opacification plant on land adjacent to the Innovia Films facility. This will enable Guardian® substrate to be produced at the same location as the manufacture of Clarity™C, the high-security base film used to make Guardian®.
The Clarity™C line has increased security controls to ensure that only those with official clearance have access to the restricted areas.
Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland unveiling the plaque for the new Clarity™C production line with
Innovia Group CEO, Mark Robertshaw.
The visit ended with speeches in the Lowther R&D Centre where Mark enthused “We are truly delighted that our unique film manufactured here in Wigton will be used for the Bank of England’s new £5 and £10 banknotes. The first banknote to be issued is the £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill in 2016.”
Victoria commented “It is exciting today to visit the site where the polymer for our new £5 and £10 banknotes will be produced. The opening of this new production line is a key milestone in delivering our evolutionary polymer banknotes and ensuring that these remain fit for purpose and provide strong counterfeit resilience.”
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