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Today, over 150 billion banknotes in over 100 countries are protected with SICPA’s post-printing varnish solutions. These functional inks are designed with a specific purpose in mind: prolonging banknote lifespan. Indeed, banknote replacement costs and their overall sustainability are of major concern for central banks particularly in an era where accountability and sustainability are key pillars of good governance. The usual suspects for banknote removal are soiling, tearing, overall damage or defacement, but of all these, the number one cause for removal is soiling, amounting to 80% of the total.
To support the needs of central banks, SICPA developed SICPAPROTECT®: a line of post-printing varnishes specifically designed to protect currency from soiling without comprising banknote quality and security.