Hybrid Banknote Substrate

Hybrid™ banknote substrate – touch and feel the future of currency

Hybrid brings the advantages of paper banknotes and polymer banknotes together in an innovative combination of protective polyester film around a cotton fiber core. Already proven in circulation on three continents (Africa, America, Asia), Hybrid banknotes combine security with durability and ensure public acceptance.

Hybrid’s core can be exclusively customized with embedded watermarks, security threads, and machine-readable elements to ensure the banknote substrate is secure against counterfeiting. Due to its polyester film, Hybrid banknotes are durable, remaining clean and stiff even in extreme circulation conditions. Printing on Hybrid enables exploitation of the full potential of security features and intaglio printing to provide the trusted touch and feel of banknotes.

 

 
 

Filigram®

The subtle yet effective security feature in combination with Hybrid™

Combined with Hybrid, Filigram offers new opportunities to create attractive designs in the fight against counterfeiting. The security feature is embedded in the cotton paper by means of laser perforation. Against a light background under incidental light it is hardly detectable; under transmitted light or against a dark background, however, it is quite clear to see. By using state-of-the-art laser technology, a customer’s individual designs or numbers can be incorporated and reflected in watermarks, security threads and/or the note in its physical form.

Louisenthal employs this feature exclusively in the specially durable Hybrid™ substrate. The two film surfaces protect the cotton core, stabilizing and protecting the perforated Filigram element. The films also prevent printing ink or dirt from collecting in the perforations and reducing visibility. The feature therefore remains prominent while the note remains in circulation.


Fig.: Filigram in incidental and transmitted light – depending on the design of the banknote, surfaces can be filled with hatching patterns of straight or curved lines.

Filigram allows for individual customer designs, and due to its inconspicuous appearance under incidental light is easy to integrate into an existing banknote design.
 

Your benefits

• Integration into an existing design
• Inexpensive integrationn
• Stable and dirt-resistant
Customized designs

 

Benefits of Hybrid banknotes for central banks

Low denomination banknotes are subject to soiling and wear and tear during circulation and processing, and consequently pose a major challenge to central banks. In response, Louisenthal developed Hybrid to be durable, without compromise to security, and with the public’s preferred feel of a paper banknote. Hybrid combines the public acceptance, intrinsic security features, and cost benefits of paper banknotes with the anti-soiling advantages of polymer banknotes.

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  • Touch and feel of a real banknote. Hybrid has the same long-lasting tactile feel as traditional cotton banknotes. This feel is globally recognized and trusted by people and helps make sure that counterfeits are not accepted.
  • Security against counterfeiting built in. Exclusive customization of the substrate with embedded overt and covert security features plus the restricted availability of Hybrid’s material and production process safeguard its security.
  • Durable quality lifetime to do its job. Hybrid incorporates the anti-soiling properties and mechanical strength of polymer banknotes to create a banknote with superior ink adhesion and an increased quality lifetime.
  • Ease of implementation for central banks. Hybrid’s similarities to paper banknotes mean minimum adaptation of design, printing, and processing for central banks. Hybrid is easy to introduce as a single denomination into an existing banknote series without the need for expensive public education campaigns.
  • Trusted supply from Louisenthal. As a long-term partner to the world's central banks, customers trust our proven research and technology expertise, as well as our reliable service delivery.

 

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Benefits of Hybrid banknotes for banknote printers

Flexible, reliable supply of a secure substrate with excellent runnability and high print quality are requirements for every banknote printer. Hybrid meets these needs and offers unlimited opportunities for attractive banknote design as an ideal platform for printing innovative features. With excellent print performance, embedded and printed security features, and strong intaglio tactility during its lifetime, Hybrid guarantees central bank acceptance.
 

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  • Proven print performance. Hybrid is proven during printing and automatic processing, involves minimum adaptation of design and printing, and implementation is supported at every stage.
  • Best platform for innovative security features. Hybrid’s durable memory retains the intaglio printing effect to provide the banknote’s long-lasting tactile feel. Hybrid’s smooth polyester surface ensures superior print definition for all print processes.
  • Security against counterfeiting built in. Exclusive customization of the substrate with embedded overt and covert security features plus the restricted availability of Hybrid’s material and production process safeguard its security.
  • Durable quality lifetime to do its job. Hybrid incorporates the anti-soiling properties and mechanical strength of polymer banknotes to create a banknote with superior ink adhesion and an increased quality lifetime.
  • Trusted supply from Louisenthal. As a long-term partner to the world's banknote printers, customers trust our proven research and technology expertise, as well as our reliable service delivery.

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