UNITED KINGDOM
Payne invests in R&D

Filtrona’s coated and security products’ division has underlined its commitment to its Payne and Payne Security businesses with an extensive expansion and modernisation of its research, development and technical service facilities.

The technology centre, located at the divisional headquarters in Nottingham, is home to the central development team – entrusted with creating new products, capabilities and markets – and the technical service team, which provides support for its existing product portfolio. The refurbishment signals a significant investment by Filtrona to expand and transform the existing laboratory into a world-class facility, providing the quality of environment and equipment necessary to drive its coated and security products’ businesses into the new decade, according to the company.
The scope of ambition is clear from the fact that the project required substantial building work within the current laboratory space, which was completed over a five-month period during the latter half of 2009. Now double in size, the new technology centre incorporates a temperature and humidity-controlled analytical room and an engineering room for work on proprietary systems and reading devices, such as those used in Payne Security’s authentication technologies.
With a major presence in several FMCG markets, including food, beverage and tobacco, Payne and Payne Security are at the cutting edge of security and tear tape technology. In 2009, nearly 20 per cent of the division’s sales came from products, technologies, systems, services and capabilities that did not exist five years ago.
In addition to this investment, Payne Security has also built a major new facility for security and smart card production at its Banbury site, which includes a clean room as well as a self-contained design studio to support its efforts in high quality personalisation. It has also recently announced the acquisition of BP Labels, a provider of creative and secure label solutions. (ci)

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