How a Sunderland firm is helping fight international counterfeiting

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A FRAUD-FIGHTING company is helping prevent counterfeiting across the world thanks to a £250,000 investment.

Sunderland-based OpSec Security Group has invested the cash in new equipment to support the manufacture of hologram products, used worldwide.

OpSec customers include more than 40 governments and 100 firms and organisations. The Sunderland plant, at Phoenix Road, Washington, is the European headquarters and manufacturing facility of the group.

Holographic protection is used in the production of passports, concert and sports tickets, banknotes, driving licences and national ID cards. The wafer-thin images help to protect the integrity of the products and deter fraudsters and counterfeiters. The Group now employs 100 people at its Sunderland plant, with 400 employed globally. Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “OpSec‘s exporting figures are excellent, and we’re delighted that with this equipment the group can now support future growth.’’

Michael Currie, European financial director at OpSec Security, said: “The new equipment is a major step forward for the company, as it will improve the speed of our supply times,’’