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OPTICAL SECURITY FEATURES

Fortress Optical Features Quebec, Canada

Fortress Optical Features produces optically variable thin film security material for the security threads contained in some Canadian banknotes and various other international currency denominations. The film is a unique combination of layered or 'stacked' thin film materials to produce a predictable colour replay. Additional features include differing optical features or colors which appear when the banknote is tilted. Developed in coordination with the National Research Council of Canada in the early 1980s. The material was First used as a Patch on Bank of Canada $20, $50, $100 and $1,000 denominations of Birds of Canada series issued 1988-93 and also used on all Canadian Journey denominations issued 2004 - Present. The high security products are marketed to security paper manufacturers throughout the world.

History

On January 4, 2011, Fortress Paper completed the acquisition of the assets of the Bank of Canada's Optical Security Material (OSM) division, The OSM assets and production staff were relocated to Thurso, Qu├ębec in October, 2011. A new high security production and research and development facility was constructed adjacent to the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill. The new facility which houses specialized production equipment and  staff will have an annual production capacity of approx. 1,860,000 sq. mt (~1,860 rolls).

For more information on Banknote and Security Features

Optical Features
TILT THE NOTE TO SEE PATCH
SHIFT FROM GOLD TO GREEN

Optical Features

COLOR SHIFT THREADS ON
BANK NOTES




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