London Olympics Ticket contract awarded to US

by Jeremy Plimmer

Olympics 2012 London 2012 Tickets Contract Award

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012


In a surprise announcement yesterday - Feb 7th - a London 2012 spokesperson declared the award for printing the Olympic Games and Paralympics tickets to a US supplier.

It is anticipated that 11 million tickets will be produced and personalised by Weldon, Williams and Lick (WWL), a specialist ticket printer based in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

At this time no details have emerged relating to the security features that will be deployed for this event. Previous events have involved the incorporation of NFC and other leading authentication devices.

Tickets will be mailed to the spectators after personalisation has taken place at the WWL fulfilment centre.    

A London 2012 spokesperson informed: “The contract to print and fulfil the bulk of tickets for London 2012 was awarded following a thorough, competitive and open procurement process. The company which won the bid has worked on several previous Games, met all of our criteria around security, budget and scale and has specialist systems in place to personalise, print and package tickets on the scale we require.”

The contract award has led to criticism of London 2012 for not sourcing the tickets locally.

About Jeremy Plimmer

Jeremy Plimmer has 35 years of experience in the security related print and packaging industry working originally as sales development director for manufacturers of passports, high security print and labels and more recently as a consultant. He is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, chairman of the West Midlands Packaging Society as well as vice chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society.

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