The right foundations for a secure national currency

Banknotes are the physical representation of a nation’s currency. If the banknote is easily counterfeited or does not last in circulation, then the entire currency can be undermined.

Helping to maintain the integrity and security of a nation’s currency is an important role, that Portals are proud to bear.

Ross Holliday

Chief Executive Officer

Our market leading position as an independent manufacturer of banknote papers and security components ensures we are able to meet the demands of our customers, on time, every time.”


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A promise of monetary value and a unit of exchange, banknotes perform the function of legal tender and a facilitator of international trade. A nation’s banknote also provides a showcase of cultural expression for both its people and to the rest of the world.

Banknote payments are inclusive, immediate, anonymous and accessible. They enable trust, stability and often offer the first steps to recovery in times of crisis, change or uncertainty.

Secure foundations

All banknotes need to have multiple layers of security, combining integrated, applied and printed features into a single banknote. That is what will keep them secure and one step ahead of the counterfeiter.

At the very heart of a banknote, facilitating every aspect of its functionality, is the paper it is printed on.

That base, with its own embedded security (the watermark) combined with integrated and applied technologies (the threads and holograms), is intrinsic and fundamental to the note’s subsequent printability, security and durability.

If you get this right then you are off to a good start.

Tailor made security

Choosing the right security feature can transform a banknote from being ok to brilliant.

We understand that one product does not meet the needs of all countries and all denominations.

The ultimate solution should be tailor made to meet your requirements – combining overt features for ease of public authentication, through to covert elements for use by professional users and machines.

At Portals, we can offer you the familiar technologies relied on by many countries, through to new technologies. It is your choice.

Made to Last

The very nature of banknotes is that they are designed to be used and spent, but that means they will get folded, torn and dirty. Ensuring the optimum design and specification is therefore paramount to addressing this challenge.

As experts in our field, we have extensive experience in the manufacture of banknote components that last.

Our security threads and foils are designed to last the lifetime of the note, offering the public a route to authenticate the banknote until its very last use, and our paper products protect against these threats and work to extend the life of banknotes in circulation.

Technical Expertise

Technically complex documents, the specification of each banknote will be defined according to its denomination, the threat of counterfeiting, the role of the banknote in your cash cycle, cash processing procedures and, of course, associated costs of the note itself.

At Portals, all our banknotes are specifically engineered for security and durability.

With our in-house team of technical experts, we can assist and advise on the most appropriate specifications for your specific printing processes and banknote circulation environments.