Security features

In many countries, a wide variety of documents are issued by government or private institutions. Because of their value or the rights they confer, these documents are sometimes counterfeited or forged. This is why it is necessary that they are protected effectively and authenticated easily. Arjowiggins offers a complete range of security solutions that can satisfy the most demanding customers.


Visible at first glance, it’s the most reliable security element since it cannot be reproduced. Light, dark or multi-tonal, all-over or registered, we can personalise it to your own logo to add a marketing dimension.

Among the oldest security elements for security papers, the watermark is still one of the most efficient. It is recommended by Interpol for the protection of official and fiduciary documents:

  • Security feature that can be checked by transparency to transmitted light and contrast inversion by reflection
  • Anti-copy security
  • Design sophistication makes the watermarks impossible to imitate by printing (multi-tonal, grey levels, contrasts, etc)

Arjowiggins has developed a complete range of watermarks, enabling the reproduction of all types of designs and offering the highest security level:

  • Large choice of standard or personalized watermarks
  • Electrotype watermark
  • Three-dimensional multi-tonal watermark
  • The watermark can be position registered or all over (wallpaper)

Security fibres

Security fibres are small calibrated fibres embedded in the paper. Generally randomly dispersed, they are available in several lengths, colours or multi-coloured, visible to the naked eye or fluorescent under UV lamp. We can offer you a large choice to create your own combination. They can also be combined with other security features such as Hilites.

  • Coloured visible fibres with fluorescence – visible to the naked eye, they change colour when lit by a 365nm UV lamp and become fluorescent (ex: visible red/blue fluorescent)
  • Recommended for all kinds of security documents, they can be integrated in bands or all over the paper
  • Several fluorescent colours are available : yellow, blue, red, green, pink
  • They can be seen on both sides of the paper
  • Tiger fibres are multicoloured striped fibres

Hilites / StarLites™

Hilites are fluorescent pigment particles embedded in the paper. Visible under a 365nm UV lamp, they look like a star-studded sky:

  • Their very small size makes them very difficult to imitate and counterfeit
  • They are particularly adapted to small format documents
  • Several colours are available and can be used in the same document

We can also provide ‘in band hilite’ solutions.


Planchettes are cellulose based round elements of 1.6 mm, that merge with the paper. Visible in daylight to the naked eye, fluorescent, phosphorescent under UV light, thermochromatic, or reactive for you to choose.

  • Visible planchettes in one colour, can be combined with an invisible fluorescent colour that is revealed under a 365nm UV lamp


These invisible security features are based upon exclusive technologies and inserted into the paper. Their authentication is carried out by means of sophisticated reading or control tools. They are microspheres that contain a specific fluorophore. Only few dedicated people are informed, trained (technological properties) and involved.


Fluoforms are Planchettes with a specific shape, each incorporating a personalized, position-registered printed logo or image design (text, logo, flag eg):

  • Invisible with the naked eye, Fluoforms have fluorescent colours that can only be seen under a 365nm UV lamp
  • Tailor-made security features, they are particularly easy to recognize and control (shape, design, density eg)
  • Customization of the shape and the multi-colour and registered design makes them unique and particularly secure
  • They can be checked on both sides of the sheet
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Iridescent Printing

The iridescent printing is in the form of an image printed on the surface of the paper. The colour of the image changes depending upon the angle at which light hits the paper. This security feature can be laid down in bands with personalised designs, according to your needs:

  • Anti-copy feature: an iridescent feature is a cost effective alternative to other optically variable features
  • Design and colours can be customized
  • Several colours are available
  • It is possible to combine a fluorescent effect only visible under a 365nm UV lamp

Holographic Foil

Holographic foils are laid down by hot transfer onto the surface of the paper.

The holograms are optical variable devices, which can be checked by the naked eye and can also contain security elements of the second and third level. These cannot be reproduced by scanners or photocopiers.

Arjowiggins offers several kinds of customized holographic stripes:

  • Coloured stripes: instead of the usual aluminium aspect, Arjowiggins offers several coloured aspects (red, blue, green,…) which enhances the ease of recognition and resistance to counterfeiting
  • Bi-metal stripes : combination of aluminium and copper aspect in a customized design, very easy to control and very counterfeit-resistant
  • Demetallized stripes
  • Customized combination of image origination and aspect makes the visual control of the document very easy and increases its protection.

RFID solution

RFID (radio frequency identification) tags laminated into paper, provide a sophisticated level of security with a unique identification. The embedded tags allows access to IoT and all internet data exploitation.

Developed in response to the rise of counterfeiting and falsification of certificates, Arjowiggins has pioneered the direct printing of electronic security onto paper since 2011. We have used this technology to integrate secure data microchips that can be read via NFC, providing a new way to create and verify document authenticity. Furthermore, because there are no plastics whatsoever, you can handle, print and finish the certificate just as any other conventional paper.

Once programmed, an NFC-enabled mobile device placed near the chip will trigger whatever action that is encoded in the chip by powering the circuit with radio waves. No separate battery is needed.

Instant Verification

Instant verification is a process of authentication by means of a dedicated pen which reveals a coloured reaction on the paper. If there is no reaction, the paper is counterfeit.

This feature offers several advantages:

  • Verification is made with a dedicated pen and the result is instantly visible
  • When the document is not genuine, the pen does not show any colour on the paper
  • When the document has been verified, the coloured mark cannot be removed (prevents recirculation of redeemed vouchers for instance)
  • Unique combination between paper and dedicated pen
  • Two colours of reaction are available (black and red).

Chemical reactives

Chemical reactives are a solution against forgery (chemical attack). Reactive products can be incorporated within the paper, so that they react to attempted chemical alteration by forgerers. If there is such an attempt, you will notice the appearance of coloured stains, which are different depending upon the attacking chemical, showing up evidence of an attempted fraudulent attack and rendering the document unusable.

Arjowiggins offers a very wide range of chemical reactions:

  • CBS1 which includes reactives against Strong acids, Strong alkalis, Oxidisers, Polar solvents
  • Sensiplus with more reactives
  • Sensimax with much more reactives


Laserguard™ is a solution against forgery (mechanical attack). It is a special paper treatment that counters mechanical attack of laser printing. In the event of attempts to scrape away the toner, the surface of the paper is visibly deteriorated.

It operates two different actions:

  • Adhesion of laser toner: specific treatment of the paper in order to maximize the fusion between the toner and the surface of the paper
  • Evidence of forgery: modification of the paper which visibly delaminates on the surface in case of an attempt of mechanical falsification of the laser writing


Jetguard™ is a solution against forgery (chemical attack). It is a special paper treatment which fights against chemical falsification of information printed by ink-jet.

  • Highlights any chemical attack / sensitizing to bleach even after soaking in water
  • Colour resistance to soaking in water
  • The surface of the paper deteriorates visibly in case of mechanical attack

Cover material

This coated material is specially designed for passports, with optimum mechanical performance, excellent workability, resistance and elegance in a product that has become the perfect covering material for passports worldwide.

This material can be ultraviolet printed invisible under the daylight, accepts perfectly hot stamping processes, supports heat-seal film lamination, enables perfect reading of perforated numbers.

It is suitable for electronic passports.

This coated material is available with special personalized colours, embossings, gloss levels and thicknesses.

It can also be provided with FSC certification.

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