The object of watermarks in paper is, essentialy, identifying the paper, as a signature of the manufacturer, or as a security measure to avoid forgery of important documents such as bank notes, invoices, passports, entry tickets, etc.
Watermarks in the past have generally been reserved for large corporations with large budget.
The banknote is the most complex and prestigious value security paper from the technological viewpoint. It is manufactured using pure cotton-fibres paper, which makes it particularly 'robust' and more resistant towards wear and tear as compared to common paper. The many security elements which a banknote could have, may either be inserted, manufactured or applied during the whole production process. Pigments and fibres, watermarks, security threads, holograms, screen printings as well as superficial treatments coexist in one single product which apparently looks simple like standard paper.
The stamp is an example of security paper printed on one side and gummed on the other side, which when applied on postal products is proof of the payment in advance for post services . Normally, security features applied are: watermarks, visible and invisible fibres, superficial fluorescent treatment and the classical glue coating which allows the stamp to stick to the postal product.
The bank cheque has rightfully replaced paper-money and for this reason many ' grades' of security features are applied. In addition to the watermark, visible and invisible fibres, corianders and sensitisations are inserted in order to prevent the counterfeiting of the support feature. Moreover, paper used in the manufacturing of bank-cheques is normally treated in order to allow its customisation by the various banks thanks to the use of ink-jet or laser printers.
Likewise, admission to paid shows and special events is possible thanks to value security paper, which ensures the non-reproducibility of the ticket and hence impossibility to counterfeit the original one. These tickets are equipped with security elements like watermarks, visible and invisible fibres, screen-printing and holographic bands,surface treatments , etc.
After almost eight centuries since its invention, the watermark still today represents the basis of security for the most known and widespread types of value security paper. Watermarked papers have always been synonymous with authenticity and are still today on great demand by organisations, public or private bodies and institutions that wish to authenticate the documents and certificates they issue as guarantors.
But, because of oursecurity paper volume, we are able to offer a uniquely watermarked product, onlyavailable for our manufacturer, for the same price as an artificial watermark.
The passport is definitely the most important personal identity document, as it permits the holder to be identified all over the world and to request a temporary or permanent authorisation to move about or stay in a foreign country. It represents one of the value security papers bearing the highest security-standards, 'equipped' with visible and invisible fibres, watermarks and security-threads: its pages are sensitised towards highlighting any counterfeiting and are treated superficially in order to allow competent authorities to customise the first pages of the document.