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Austrian foil manufacturer Hueck Folien has erected a new 400 kWp photovoltaic Wp system on its Baumgartenberg premises, with an output equivalent to the energy consumption of 100 households.

News - August 2, 2022 12:01 a.m.

The Counterfeiter Classification

In our February feature on counterfeiting, Duncan Reid covered adversarial analysis. In this article he reviews the classification of counterfeiters, illustrated by case studies at each level.

Counterfeiting - August 2, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Green Light for New French Printworks

The Banque de France (BdF) has announced that the construction of a new banknote printworks on the same site as its paper mill in Vic-le-Comte (Europafi) is going ahead, and will be completed in 2026 at a cost of €220 million.

Free - August 2, 2022 midnight

Croatia Gets Green Light to Adopt Euro in 2023

It’s official – Croatia has been given the green light to adopt the euro as its currency. On 12 July the Council of the European Union formally approved its accession to the euro area on 1 January 2023.

Central Banks - August 2, 2022 midnight

SARB Maintains Denominational Mix

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has recently commented about options for its denominational structure, following ‘fake news’ that it is planning to introduce a new high denomination R500 note and R10 coin.

Central Banks - August 2, 2022 midnight

CashEssentials: Honing the Debate on the Future of Money

Compared with the resources of the cashless lobby in advocating for a digital payments future, those of the lobby supporting cash are miniscule. That isn’t to say that there aren’t organisations supporting the case for cash, but their activities are largely centered around specific regions or sectors.

Interviews - August 2, 2022 midnight

Two New Apps for Banknote Authentication

In May, we covered Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions’ two offerings for app-based banknote authentication and education. This month it is the turn of two more – from De Nederlandsche Bank and Orell Füssli Security Printing.

Banknotes - June 30, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Steady Progress by the Bank of England

The Bank of England has issued its Annual Report for 2022. The key themes relating to banknote issuance and management were the completion of the polymer series of banknotes with the issuance of the £50 banknote, actions to safeguard access to cash and deposit services and the environmental impact of banknote operations.

Central Banks - June 30, 2022 midnight

Counterfeiting in Australia

Counterfeiting of Australian banknotes is approaching its lowest level in a decade. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has carried out an analysis of the factors playing a role in this decline and quantified their effects. The report – Recent Trends in Counterfeiting – has been published in its June Bulletin.

Counterfeiting - June 30, 2022 midnight

ICCOS Asia is Back

The Asia Cash Cycle Seminar returns to its live and in person format, after a three-year hiatus, taking place 5-7 September in Manila, 10 years after it was last held in the Philippines.

Events - June 30, 2022 midnight

BSP Moves Forward with New Production Facility

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has received approval for a budget of at least P25 billion ($450 million) for the construction of its new Currency Production Facility (CPF) in a 31.2 hectare complex in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

Central Banks - June 30, 2022 midnight

People in the News

The Governor of the Sveriges Riskbank, Stefan Ingves, will step down at the end of this year, to be replaced by the country’s chief financial regulator, Erik Thedéen.

News - June 30, 2022 midnight

The Cash Paradox? Is It All About to Change?

Both before, during and since the two years of COVID, the industry has become very aware of what has become known as the cash paradox, identified as the continued growth of cash in circulation compared with a country’s GDP, despite its declining use for payments.

Cash Handling - June 30, 2022 midnight

War, Energy Crisis, Inflation, Recession, COVID on the Rise – Markets, Unsurprisingly, Tumble

In the December edition of Industry Watch, the focus was on the implications of a new infectious COVID variant, Omicron. In the March edition, the focus switched to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia and the implications, if the war continued, of a global fuel, food, fertilizer and aluminium crisis. This on top of the shortages of many goods used in manufacturing – a legacy of COVID.

Companies - June 30, 2022 midnight

CMA Picks ONE 2.1

Casa de Moneda Argentina (CMA) is in the midst of a technology transformation programme involving the recruitment and training of new staff, modernisation of both its production facilities and the acquisition of new equipment, among them the latest SPARK Flow® module for the NotaScreen. It has also invested in an upgrade of Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions’ ONE design software to the latest 2.1 version.

News - June 30, 2022 midnight