Sunderland-based OpSec Security Group has invested £250,000 in new equipment to increase capacity and support future growth.
The move will allow the anti-counterfeiting technology specialist to expand its manufacturing of holographic products, which are used worldwide.
OpSec customers include more than 40 governments and 100 firms and organisations, with the Sunderland plant at Phoenix Road, Washington, acting as the European headquarters and manufacturing facility of the group.
Holographic protection – in which OpSec is regarded as a world leader – 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 equipment was bought with support from Sunderland City Council, which offered a capital equipment grant to OpSec.
The council’s business investment team has worked with the company since it was set up in 1983. It now employs 100 people at the North East plant, with 400 employed globally.
OpSec has also recently made a major investment in its sales and marketing efforts and has completed two acquisitions in the last 18 months.
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Coun Paul Watson said: “OpSec‘s exporting figures are excellent, and we’re delighted that with this equipment the group can now support future growth at its plant in Sunderland. The news of new contracts and successful acquisitions at OpSec gives grounds for optimism.
“It strengthens the city’s positive manufacturing sector performance.”
Michael Currie, European financial director at OpSec Security, said: “This has been a good year for OpSec at Sunderland, with new contracts won and in the pipeline.
“The new equipment is a major step forward for the company, as it will improve the speed of our supply times and boost productivity of our excellent employees.
“Sunderland City Council has been a great support to the company, advising and assisting us practically and strategically for many years, which we really appreciate.”
OpSec offers a range of in-house design, origination and manufacturing services, covering all aspects of holographic production.