As part of the celebration of 300 years of paper making in Overton, De La Rue have invested £2.5 million in two new laboratories for Quality Control. These were formally opened by the local MP, Sir George Young, after being introduced by the Marketing Director, John Winchcombe.
"I was very impressed with these new facilities, which keep De La Rue ahead of the game in terms of sophisticated quality control. At the ceremony were representatives of over a dozen countries who are customers or potential customers of De La Rue. It was good to see a British company doing well in competitve export markets, and investing in customer service and new technology".
Two laboratories are required - one to make sure that the paper conforms to international standards, and the other to replicate the conditions in the customer country, where humidity and temperature may be different.
With thanks to Stephen Wright for the photos
De La Rue Press Release below
Local MP Sir George Young today opened De La Rue’s new Overton Quality Centre. The company’s Overton Mill produces banknote paper for countries across the world and this year the company is celebrating 300 years of making paper in Hampshire. The opening ceremony was attended by over 20 customers from 16 countries who were participating in the De La Rue Banknote Paper Conference taking place in Hampshire this week.
This new Quality Centre is part of De La Rue’s on-going investment programme in production and quality. Along with production offices, there are two new laboratories which contain state-of-the-art testing equipment and real-time computerised systems, allowing tight customer requirements and specifications to be assured throughout the papermaking process. The labs are run within highly regulated temperature and humidity conditions, both of which are critical parameters when it comes to papermaking.
Sir George Young said “I am delighted to be opening the Overton Quality Centre. This new facility symbolises the continued success of De La Rue, a great example of a UK company which has an unparalleled track record of successfully reaching global markets over many years, as well as playing a key role in the life of the local community.”