The Security Printing Market was valued at USD 29.78 billion at a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025. Polycarbonate is broadly used for secure ID documents, offering ideal resistance against attacks, a wide range of security features, and an extended lifetime. Various players are improving the technology to strengthen the security features and will reflect the trend in the future. For instance, Gemalto Color Laser Shield is a unique solution for securing a color photo within a polycarbonate ID document. Powered by four-color lasers striking a special ink in the document’s inner structure, this new issuance solution achieves the highest levels of resolution and counterfeit protection.
- The tourism sector is addressing growth due to factors such as the growth of budget airlines and an increase in the number of air travelers around the globe. Also, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), International tourist arrivals worldwide increased 6% in 2018 to 1.4 billion. Consequently, the demand for visas and passports to avoid identity-related frauds is expanding. This is leading to extensive security printing involving proof certificates to prevent terrorist activities and maintain the integrity and security of national and international borders.
- Law enforcement combined security regulations are a significant factor in driving this market. In some cases of banknote counterfeiting, high-security materials and complete banknotes are sourced under false deceit from the security printing industry. This underlined a clear need for banknote printing companies and security substrate producers to take the necessary steps to verify the bonafide nature of orders with the relevant issuing institutions. For instance, Project S-Print assigned by Interpol brings together a law enforcement community and the security printing industry to reduce the proliferation of counterfeit currency and security documents worldwide.
- The transition toward a cashless economy, digitization of identification cards, and strict certification related to security paper may hamper the growth of the security printing industry over the forecast period.
Scope of the Report
The security printing deals with the printing of items such as banknotes, cheques, passports, product authentication, stock certificates, postage stamps and identity cards. The main goal of security printing is to prevent forgery, tampering, or counterfeiting through printing process under financial, personal ID and ticket sectors.
Key Market Trends
Banknotes Holds the Significant Share in The Market
- Due to the increase in both domestic and international polymer counterfeiting globally, it stands as a major factor in the decision by the Bank to begin upgrading banknotes. The substrate of most banknotes is made of paper, almost always from cotton fibers for strength and durability. In some cases, linen or specialty coloured or forensic fibers are added to give the paper added individuality and protect against counterfeiting.
- Various new techniques related to security features are being innovated to enhance the security of banknotes. For instance, in Oct 2019, Nanotech Security Corp. launched its KolourDepth banknote security feature. KolourDepth combines 3D, multi-color, and movement for inherent authentication and unparalleled currency security which are all in one design. With a combination of unique visual design options, proprietary algorithms, and specialized manufacturing techniques, KolourDepth delivers effortless authentication with wide-ranging visual effects.
- The euro banknote series is a legal tender throughout the euro area comprises seven different denominations such as EUR 5, EUR 10, EUR 20, EUR 50, EUR 100, EUR 200, and EUR 500. Euro banknotes integrate various security features to help users recognize an authentic banknote at a glance. It only takes a few seconds to check a banknote by feeling it, looking at it and tilting it.
- Euro banknotes, which are fabricated of pure cotton paper, automatically deteriorate with use. The printing of the notes is set according to a method of "decentralized pooling" in which each Eurosystem printing works has a production run restricted to certain denominations, and special attention is paid to counterfeiting, to the quality of the banknotes and the production processes, and to environmental protection.
- According to the Bank of Italy, Euro banknote counterfeiting reduced further in the first half of 2019. Moreover, The EUR 20 and EUR 50 notes continued to be the most counterfeited banknotes, jointly accounting for over 80% of all counterfeits on which the new improve technology is in the process. Also new EUR 100 and EUR 200 banknotes with enhanced security features entered into circulation on 28 May 2019.
Asia-Pacific Account for Significant Market Growth
- Asia-Pacific is expected to gain significant market growth. In various countries, the issue regarding counterfeiting is increasing especially in banknotes. Governments of various countries are taking measures to prevent the misuse with fake currency, fake passport, fake visas, etc.
- For instance, in China, in Aug 2019, a new edition of the fifth series of China’s currency the renminbi, or the yuan, was officially launched with brighter colors and more enlightened anti-counterfeiting features. The 2019 edition includes new fifty, twenty, ten and one-yuan banknotes and coins of one yuan, 0.5 yuan and 0.1 yuan.
- The 17th High-Security Printing Asia conference that took place in Hanoi, Vietnam on 3-5 December 2018, was split into two parallel tracks, where one focuses on currency and the other on travel and identity documents. The following session presented the new Hong Kong Series, the new Solomon Islands USD 40 note as well as Nepal’s national eID card project, the Philippines Seafarer eID card, and Malaysia’s new ePassport. These networking opportunities will give more growth to the market in the forecasted period.
- However, various players are keen to assist in Asian security features in banknotes, passports, IDs, etc. For instance, in Nov 2019, Toppan, a prominent leader in communication, security, packaging, d?cor materials, and electronics solutions announced to present advanced solutions at High-Security Printing ASIA. They will be displaying its security solutions for banknotes and ID cards which is to be held at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand hotel in Yokohama, Japan. This will enhance the growth of the market.
The security printing market is fragmented in nature. Various companies are having their department of security printing for a particular product such as banknotes/passport/visas/ other documents to print for preventing counterfeit. For instance, tax stamp and brand protection printing are highly fragmented with most operators offering only partial solutions such as serialized labels and tamper-evident packaging. The market is competitive due to high rivalry in each security printing segment. Key players are ANY Security Printing Company, De La Rue plc, etc. Recent developments in the market are -
- Oct 2019 - Toppan Printing presented the latest in secure document solutions at Intergraf’s SecurityPrinters Banknotes+Identity at the Bella Center Copenhagen. Toppan showcased a range of advanced security features and solutions in its booth, with focal points including the Crystagram PC hologram, the recently launched IN-signia graphic antenna.
- Oct 2019 - The new design of Britain’s most common Pound 20, and most forged, banknote has been unveiled by the Bank of England. The banknote will feature Turner’s self-portrait and will include two see-through windows on the note and a metallic hologram with a silver foil patch with the 3D image of the coronation crown.
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