De La Rue conclude Thallo deal for Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print

26 March 2017

15th March 2017 – Contiweb, together with partner DG press ServiceS, today announce that De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial printer of banknotes and identity documents, have confirmed an order for a Thallo printing press. The purchase is part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills for De La Rue’s Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta.

De La Rue’s choice of the Thallo web offset printing press, which can print on a wide variety of substrates ranging from paper to film, demonstrates its flexibility and performance for many different market segments. The Thallo sleeve offset based concept makes it possible for printers to set up jobs in a matter of minutes, and the system’s many waste-reducing features deliver an unmatched, high quality solution for short run jobs, or when printing on very expensive substrates.

“The Thallo press is designed to provide printers with the optimum flexibility without sacrificing on print quality. Security printing for product identification is an extremely demanding application, where compromise is not an option,” explains Richard Miedema, Product Manager, Contiweb. “Our experience in the security printing segment has contributed to the development of very high quality imaging for the Thallo system, which opens up several new markets alongside the label and flexible packaging market”.

Mr. Edward Chetcuti, Head of Site, Malta, from De La Rue commented: “To support its market leading position and drive further growth, De La Rue is investing in the creation of a centre of excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta. This demands that we have the flexibility to meet the changing needs of our customers whilst delivering high quality products within the shortest possible lead time, which is why we chose to invest in a Thallo web offset printing press”.  

The Contiweb Thallo printing system offers significant advantages for the profitability and environmental requirements of printing businesses. Integrating web offset with flexo, gravure or digital into hybrid configurations provides sustainable and environmentally friendly printing, cost-effective plates and sleeves and fast make-readies for high print quality on a wide range of substrates.
Contiweb Thallo web offset systems are produced and distributed under a strategic partnership between Contiweb and DG press. For more information about Contiweb Thallo web offset systems please visit Contiweb Thallo.

Contiweb is a renowned specialist in the development, production, sales and support of state-of-the-art auxiliaries for web fed printing presses. Known especially for its splicers and dryers for web offset presses, the company is continuously improving its technologies and applications for the benefit of its customers. Contiweb expanded its business in 2012 with the acquisition of the Vits and Jetweb finishing equipment. In 2015 the company introduced high-end auxiliary equipment for inkjet printing. As Contiweb is convinced that web offset technique can play a significant role in packaging, it bought the IP of the Thallo beginning of 2016. With its customer-focused philosophy, innovative solutions and outstanding 24/7 customer service Contiweb has acquired a leading position in the European and North American market and is successfully expanding in the markets of Asia, the Pacific, South Africa and South America.  In 2004 Contiweb was sold and became a subsidiary of Goss International, located in Durham/NH (USA). 
DG press' mission is to provide the best services for web offset printing equipment and build web offset printing machines which fulfil the customer’s production need. DG press is the specialist in engineering, installation, servicing and maintaining Drent-Goebel printing presses and has developed the Thallo web offset printing press for the flexible packaging market. The company was established in August 2009 with 12 people and since then experienced a healthy growth. DG press has a large warehouse and manufacturing workshop and is fully equipped to build new and refurbished Drent-Goebel presses and original Drent-Goebel spares to their customers all over the world.
As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system. De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting. De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties. De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:DLAR). For further information visit