Today Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier, Bank of England officially opened Innovia Films’ new Bubble 8, Clarity™C line at their UK Wigton site.
Victoria was given a tour of the new production facility accompanied by Mark Robertshaw, CEO – Innovia Group, Joe Piccione, MD – Innovia Films and Bernhard Imbach, MD – Innovia Security. During the visit she met some of the BOPP management team who were involved in the 18 month Bubble construction programme.
The new line is part of an overall investment programme of over £40 million which includes the build of a completely new Innovia Security opacification plant on land adjacent to Innovia Films BOPP facility. This will enable Guardian® substrate to be produced at the same location as the manufacture of Clarity™C, the base film used to make Guardian®.
The Clarity™C line has increased security controls to ensure that only those with official clearance have access to the restricted areas.
After the tour, Victoria unveiled a commemorative plaque in the atrium of OPP 2, the building that houses the new line. The visit ended with speeches in the Lowther R&D Centre where Mark enthused “We are truly delighted that our unique film manufactured here in Wigton will be used for the Bank of England’s new £5 and £10 banknotes. The first banknote to be issued is the £5 note featuring Sir Winston Churchill in 2016.”
Victoria commented “It is exciting today to visit the site where the polymer for our new £5 and £10 banknotes will be produced. The opening of the new Bubble is a key milestone in delivering our evolutionary polymer banknotes and ensuring that our banknotes remain fit for purpose and provide strong counterfeit resilience.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Bank of England Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland unveiling the plaque for the new Clarity™C bubble line with Innovia Group CEO, Mark Robertshaw.
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