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EUR 11 million EIB backing for Greek secure travel documents production

Security Printing Plant Capacity Expansion

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31.01.2019 - Artikel

Printing of secure identity documents in Greece will be expanded following agreement of a new EUR 11 million 10 year loan with the EIB by Veridos Matsoukis S.A., a leading printer of secure documents.

  • New  investment  to  extend  production  capacity  for  state-of-the-art  identity documents
  • 55 new skilled jobs expected to be created at world class facility
  • Demonstrates EIB support for foreign direct investment in Greece

Printing of secure identity documents in Greece will be expanded following agreement of a new EUR 11 million 10 year loan with the European Investment Bank by Veridos Matsoukis S.A., a leading printer of secure documents.

The EIB financing will support more than EUR 23 million of new investment at Veridos Matsoukis’ Athens site dedicated to increase production capacity for passports, identity cards and other official documents for governments using latest security features, crucial for reducing identity fraud.

The first ever EIB support for Veridos Matsoukis was formally signed in Athens earlier today by Efthimios Matsoukis, Managing Director of Veridos Matsoukis and Peter Jacobs, Head of the European Investment Bank Investment Team for Greece.

„Veridos Matsoukis is a leading printer of identification and secure documents. The new EIB financing  will  enable  to  expand,  state-of-the-art  production  capacity  in  Greece  to manufacture the most secure passports and identity cards for countries around the world. Access to long-term finance will also allow us to create new jobs in Athens“ said Efthimios Matsoukis, Managing Director of Veridos Matsoukis.

Hans Wolfgang Kunz, CEO of Veridos GmbH, Veridos Matsoukis’ majority shareholder, continues: „We have been growing strongly in the past as we have continuously expanded our customer base. As a consequence, we have decided to increase the capacity for the production of highly secure polycarbonate ID cards and data pages for passports at Veridos Matsoukis in Athens. This allows us to continue the success story of this state-of-the-art ID manufacturing site which is known for highest quality by governments around the world.“

„The European Investment Bank is pleased to support EUR 23 million of transformational new investment by a world class company here in Athens through the EUR 11 million loan agreed today. Veridos Matsoukis, together with Veridos GmbH, provide secure identity documents for customers worldwide and investment at their Athens facility will build on the companies’ international strengths. Over the last two years the EIB’s dedicated Investment Team for Greece has strengthened cooperation with Greek business and public sector partners.  This  has  enabled  EIB  financial  support  and  technical  expertise  to  benefit investment in new sectors and direct financing agreed with a range of first time clients, such as Veridos Matsoukis. “We look forward to further expanding our support to unlock investment by other leading companies with operations in this country and working with international partners wishing to expand activity in Greece„, said Peter Jacobs, Head of EIB’s Investment Team for Greece.

The signing of the loan agreement took place on 31.01.2019 at a special ceremony in a central hotel in Athens.

In his address at the event, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Development Mr. Yiannis Dragasakis noted: “The European Investment Bank’s financing of one more company that is developing its production activity in Greece, having a strong outward-looking orientation is another practical vote of confidence for the country and its prospects.

With the National Development Strategy as a compass, Greece is going through a new phase, facing the future with confidence and a renewed potential. The priority of the new era is the emphasis on quality at all levels - the modernization of institutions, the attraction of investments, the exploitation of human capital, the upgrading of products.

Collaborations with European and international entities to support, specifically, business plans that underpin the structural transformation of the economy contribute to the transition to a new sustainable development production model, with the aim of creating new quality jobs and reducing the inequalities.„

At the press conference, the Head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens Michael Dorn said: “German-Greek relations are unique. This corresponds to a close partnership in business as well. For many years now Germany has been Greeces´ largest trading partner. Currently about 120 German companies of very different branches are providing jobs for nearly 29.000 people in Greece.

Against this background, the German Embassy in town very much appreciates the long term collaboration between Matsoukis and German providers for high-security technologies. The action circle of Veridos Matsoukis Security Printing S.A. is amazing, making Greece the point of departure for all sorts of high-tech security documents going to countries worldwide.

I feel it is particularly important to note that Veridos Matsoukis as a local employer through the recent investment supported by the EIB is providing new skilled jobs here in Greece – something the country very much needs more of. The European Union, meanwhile, desperately needs secure identity documents, also in accordance with applicable EU-regulation and in order to fulfill justified expectations of its citizens.

Todays` event demonstrates the EIB support for foreign direct investment in Greece – something which has been channeled to a great extent in recent years through the EFSI – the European Fund for Strategic Investments – which has become, also due to the leadership of the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, a success story in particular for Greece!

As the German Embassy in Athens we are very pleased to note that over the crisis years most German companies have stayed in Greece. Trust in the country and its people has paid off, paving the ground for many attractive investment opportunities Greece has to offer and which German companies are already vigorously capitalizing on.

The joint venture between German based Veridos and Matsoukis is a case in point for that: I´d like to congratulate all the stakeholders involved who contributed to make the new investment at Veridos Matsoukis´ Athens side a reality. Very well done! Thank you very much indeed!„

Creation of new jobs and extended capacity

More than 50 new skilled jobs are expected to be created at the plant that already produces identity  documents,  stamps,  transport  tickets  and  tachograph  documents.  With the extended capacity, Veridos Matsoukis takes into account the increased global need for secure identification.  According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037. Governments need for electronic travel documents for convenient and secure border crossing flow will rise accordingly.

Demonstrating EIB support for international investment in Greece

Veridos Matsoukis’ new loan reflects support for highly valued foreign direct investment in Greece from the European Investment Bank.

Last year the European Investment Bank provided more than EUR 2.1 billion for new business, transport, energy and telecommunications investment across Greece. In recent months the EIB has provided new direct financing for private sector investment by SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT in Thrace and ELVALHALCOR Hellenic Copper and Aluminium Industry SA.

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