Banknotes for the Swiss National Bank
In 1911, the launch of banknote printing for the Swiss National Bank marked a further milestone in Orell Füssli Ltd. Security Printing’s history. In 1923, the newly built business space in Zurich Wiedikon, still the head office of the Orell Füssli Group today, was where the copperplate printing process was introduced. During the Company’s strategic restructuring phase in 1992, banknote printing was completely modernised, laying the foundations for printing the digitally produced design of the 8th series of Swiss banknotes with the utmost precision. At the same time, the commercial printing division was sold to the Zürichsee Medien Group and the cartography division became an independent entity.
The most recent Orell Füssli Ltd. Security Printing masterpiece is the 9th series Swiss banknote. The printing processes are extremely complex and unique. The new banknotes fulfil traditionally high Swiss standards for security. They are equipped with a combination of proven and newly-developed security features. These features are incorporated into the front and reverse side of the banknote using various technologies on the innovative three-layered banknote substrate known as Durasafe®. It’s the combination of complex security features and challenging design that distinguishes the new series of notes. This approach makes the new series extremely difficult to forge.
In July 2002, the Orell Füssli Group bought 76% of the shares of Atlantic Zeiser AG in Emmingen. They purchased the remaining 24% in 2005. Atlantic Zeiser, with operations in Germany, England, and the United States, employs over 350 people and produces systems that confer an individual identification to documents as well as banknotes. This opens new possibilities for Orell Füssli in the global industrial market.