CCL Secure shares expertise at two prominent events
15 July 2019
CCL Secure has hosted two informative events this year to educate the global community on Guardian polymer and strengthen our relationships worldwide.
Latin American Polymer Seminar
In June, we presented the third Latin American Polymer Seminar in Costa Rica, with attendees including representatives of central banks in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Guatemala and Colombia, as well as industry suppliers and government officials.
The topics explored throughout the two days featured:
- Sustainability and recycling polymer notes – presented by Karla Chaves, CEO of Próxima Comunicaciones
- New product developments – Gustavo Ascenzo, Business Director at CCL Secure
- The role of digital marketing in communications – Ernesto Montalvo, Digital Marketing Worldwide of CCL Industries
- Learnings from Canada’s banknote experience – Richard Wall, former Chief Teller of the Bank of Canada
There were also a number of engaging workshops including quality standards and note life from Paraguay (Rodi Osuna, Treasurer and Adriana Maricevich, Sub Treasurer of the Central Bank of Paraguay), designing polymer notes from aesthetic, technical and functional perspectives (Carlos Almenar, Senior Banknote of Designer CCL Secure), as well as polymer processing (Gustavo Ortega, CEO of Equipment Provider).
The seminar proved to be a success, with attendees providing positive feedback and learning new insights into the benefits and development of Guardian polymer banknotes.
Currency Conference roundtable
Earlier this year in April, CCL Secure also hosted a roundtable at the Currency Conference in Dubai. This interactive discussion saw attendees explore how we might think differently about cash to ensure it remains relevant in the payment ecosystem of the future.
A group of expert panellists shared their thoughts on how the payment environment will evolve and what we can do to help ensure cash maintains its relevance.
Attendees heard from Sarah John, Chief Cashier and Director of Notes at Bank of England, who asked the audience to consider the different ways cash might be positioned for a strong future.
During her presentation, Ms John shared details of how the bank has been working with agencies in the UK, helping them to invest in banknotes that are cleaner, safer and stronger. This work resulted in a new £5 note being released in 2016, followed by a new £10 note in 2017, and a new £20 note set for distribution in 2020.
David Hensley, Director of Cash Services at Cash Services UK, gave a presentation which asked the question, ‘What will keep cash as king?’
As payment options continue to become increasingly diversified, Mr Hensley said that cash providers need to ensure they provide a product to the public that is easily understood, is trusted, functions in a more automated world and is enjoyable to use.
The presentation included a look at cash use in the UK, how it has reduced over the past ten years as debit card transactions have increased, and how this trend is forecast to continue over the next decade. Despite this, 25 million people in Britain – or 47% of the population – have said living in a cashless society will present real challenges. For them, going completely cashless is not yet a viable option.
Attendees also heard from Ed Brindley, General Manager at Glory. Mr Brindley focused on the inefficiencies of the traditional cash system, its complexities and the resultant high costs that come hand-in-hand with cash transactions.
Following the presentations, delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions, provide their own perspectives and debate the options and opportunities that could arise in the future. CCL Secure is proud to have been able to facilitate the thought-provoking forum.