Next UK £20 note to be printed on polymer

by JJP

Polymer banknotes £20 note

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015

 

 

The Bank of England has just announced that the next £20 banknote will be printed on polymer; a more secure, durable and cleaner material.  A competitive tender process for the supply of the polymer for the £20 note is expected to start later this year (2015).

In December 2013, the Bank announced that the next £5 and £10 banknotes would be printed on polymer following a 10 week public consultation that found 87% of respondent were in favour of the change. The polymer £5 note featuring Winston Churchill will be issued in autumn 2016, the £10 polymer note featuring Jane Austen entering circulation a year later.

The Bank made the decision to move to polymer for the £20 note following extensive research into the developments in security features for notes printed on cotton-based paper and polymer since the 2013 decision was made.

The note, which will feature a visual artist nominated during the public nominations period held earlier this year, will enter circulation in 3-5 years’ time.


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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