Banknotes for the Swiss National Bank
In 1911, the start of banknote printing for the Swiss National Bank became 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 a strategic restructuring phase of the company in 1992, banknote printing was completely modernised and laid 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 printer was sold to the Zürichsee Medien Group and the cartography division was made independent.
The most recent Orell Füssli Ltd. Security Printing masterpiece is the 9th series of the Swiss National Bank. The printing processes are extremely complex and unique. The new banknotes fulfil the traditionally high Swiss standards for security. They are equipped with a variety of proven and the most modern security features. These features are incorporated into the front and back side of the banknote using various technologies on the innovative three-layered banknote substrate (Durasafe®). The combination of complex security features and challenging design distinguish the new series of notes. Because of this, these notes are difficult to forge.
In July 2002, the Orell Füssli Group bought 76% of the shares of Atlantic Zeiser AG in Emmingen. They bought the remaining 24% in 2005. Atlantic Zeiser, with operations in Germany, England, and America employs over 350 employees and produces systems for individualising products (including banknotes) and documents. This opens new possibilities for Orell Füssli in the worldwide industrial markets.