8000 Research Way
Springfield, VA 22153
Phone: (703) 455-8050
Fax: (703) 450-4518
Total Sales: $60 million (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: Proprietary security inks for intaglio, offset, screen, flexo and gravure security printing applications.
Key Personnel: James Bonhivert, CEO and president; Tom Jay, VP of sales and marketing; Tom Classick, technical director.
Number of Employees: Approximately 100.
Operating Facilities: Springfield, VA; Fort Worth, TX; Vaudreuil-Dorian, Quebec; Edo de México.
Comments: There are tremendous concerns about the dangers of counterfeiting, as document security becomes ever more important in light of terrorism and brand security becoming essential as criminals create knock-off products such as pharmaceutical goods that can literally kill people.
Technology is critical for ensuring document and product security, and printing inks play an important role. SICPA S.A., the Switzerland-based worldwide leader for printing inks for currency and sensitive documents with sales of $400 million during 2009, provides security inks for the majority of the world’s currencies.
In the U.S., SICPA Securink Corporation dominates the security ink business, with its inks appearing on currency and security documents as well as packaging of value. For example, SICPA’s color-shifting Optically Variable Ink (OVI) for U.S. currency has played a key role in reducing counterfeiting. In conjunction with its parent company and its high-tech suppliers, SICPA’s R&D experts have developed numerous innovative inks, and offer strong technical support for these high-tech products.
For brand owners, SICPA Product Security, LLC leverages its R&D expertise into developing integrated systems for authentication and secure supply chain, combining material-based security ink technology and information-based secure tracking and tracing technology. Notably, SICPA manages the California counterfeit-resistant tobacco tax stamp program, which includes an encrypted stamp and database management system. Similar to the California program, SICPA is playing a key role in the Canadian tobacco stamp to be implemented in 2010, a joint venture between Canadian Bank Note Company and SICPA Product Security, SA that is aimed at battling counterfeit and contraband tobacco.