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History

Since 1927, SICPA's technological progress has been driven by a permanent spirit of innovation.

Founded by Maurice Amon (1880-1959), the Swiss company started by supplying the agricultural and food industries with its main product, a special fat used in the milking of cows. The quality of Swiss milk and cream was already internationally appreciated and used in Switzerland’s famous chocolate and cheeses. Originally meaning “Société Industrielle et Commerciale de Produits Alimentaires” (Industrial and Commercial Food Products Company), the acronym SICPA was subsequently used as the company name.
 

FIRST SECURITY INKS

SICPA produced its first supplies of security inks in the 1940s for the Spanish peseta banknotes. Under the leadership of Maurice's son, Albert Amon (1916-2010), the company earned a reputation for stability based on a long-term vision. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the company expanded in Europe and overseas, almost exclusively focused on the production of printing inks. Its research in ink chemistry and formulation enabled SICPA to supply new intaglio security inks for currencies and to establish quality standards.
 

ESTABLISHING STANDARDS

On its own initiative, SICPA defined standards for the print quality and the chemical and physical resistance of the inks in order to ensure that printed banknotes were suitable for circulation in the most demanding climatic and cultural conditions. This work, monitored by the Lausanne University Institute of Criminology, was endorsed by Interpol in 1969. The norms it established were adopted by banknote printers worldwide and are still valid today.
 

NEW DYNAMICS IN BANKNOTE SECURITY

In the 1980s and 1990s, SICPA expanded further in Europe and Asia. The company created OVI®, a colour-shifting ink and anti-copying security technology which has become a reference in the industry. In 2008, the SPARK® technology of dynamic colour-shifting ink was first used. During that period, the company became the global leader in security inks and integrated security solutions for banknotes and value documents.
 
A gifted and charismatic communicator, Albert Amon succeeded in forging long-term partnerships with industry leaders and is recognised as one of the pioneers who raised the security inks industry from the banknote-crafting model of the 1950s to its current level of professionalisation and sophistication.
 

LEADER IN PRODUCT AUTHENTICATION AND TRACEABILITY SOLUTIONS

Since the end of the last century and in response to the massive increase in the illicit trade of goods and industrial counterfeiting, SICPA has developed a strong position as creator of integrated product authentication and traceability solutions for governments and brand owners. These solutions combine material-based security ink technology with information-based secure tracking & tracing technology.
 

 

Launched in 2007 and exclusively designed to meet the specific needs of governments, SICPATRACE® is a multiproduct, multifunctional solution that integrates product authentication, production monitoring and secure track & trace functions. Implemented in various countries, these production-monitoring systems secure products and support government legislation to successfully fight counterfeiting, illicit trade and tax evasion.
 

ALBERT AMON'S LEGACY

Today, SICPA is owned and managed by the third generation of the Amon family, which embodies the company's values of excellence and entrepreneurship with the same pioneering spirit and sense of responsibility of their father and grandfather.
 
Throughout its history, SICPA has dedicated itself to helping governments, central banks, high-security printers and industry find comprehensive solutions to widespread security issues.
 
In a world where no document or product is immune to counterfeiting, alteration or smuggling, our business has expanded from protecting most of the world’s currency to providing secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions and services.
 

TIMELINE

1927 - Founded by Maurice Amon in Lausanne, Switzerland.
 
1940s - Production of printing inks.
 
1948 - First security inks applied on the Spanish 100 peseta.
 
1950s & 1960s - Established pan-European operating presence; development of intaglio security inks.
 
1969 - SICPA’s security ink standards endorsed by Interpol.
 
1970s - Expansion in North and South America; development of a new generation of water-wiping intaglio inks.
 
1982 - First ink supply contract with the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
 
1987 - First note issued with OVI®, colour-shifting ink, in Thailand.
 
1980s-1990s - Further expansion in Europe and Asia.
 
2000s - Development and supply of integrated product authentication and traceability solutions to governments and brand owners.
 
2005 - Divestment of packaging ink business to focus on security inks and integrated security solutions.
 
2007 - Turkey and Brazil are the first countries to implement a secure product identification, traceability and tax reconciliation system – SICPATRACE®
 
2008 - First dynamic colour-shifting ink – SPARK® – applied on banknotes.
 
2010 - SICPA acquires US-based Meyercord Revenue Inc to strengthen its position in the tax stamp market in North America.
 
Maurice Amon