Muehlbauer systems personalize passports in Slovenia

Issuing of biometric passports started in August

Roding, November 16, 2006 − The Muehlbauer technology group, quoted on the Prime Standard and worldwide active and independent advisor and manufacturer of innovative security solutions for the TECURITY market, is strongly involved in the Slovenian ePassport project. As a partner of Cetis, Slovenia’s leading producer of security printing solutions, Muehlbauer provided equipment for personalizing the Slovenian passports.

The new electronic passports have been personalized by the Muehlbauer IDENTIFIER 54 and issued by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior since August 28. They are in line with the current European and international standards for passports and travel documents: For this reason the passport is machine readable and contains a chip to store personal and other biometric data. According to the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, approx. 30,000 of the new ePassports are to be delivered this year and 70,000 next year. At present about one million passports are circulating in Slovenia and will be replaced by the electronic passport in coming years.

“We are very pleased to be involved in the Slovenian government project together with the prime contractor Cetis”, Josef Mühlbauer, CEO of Muehlbauer AG, said. “This shows once again that Muehlbauer is among the most preferred and reliable partners for realizing highly sensitive ID projects worldwide.”

Muehlbauer has many years of experience in technologically innovative security solutions and benefits from the experience of more than 50 ID projects in the past. The company is the partner of many authorities and governments realizing the electronic passport projects and meets the standards of the highest authorities.

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Muehlbauer is a global and independent consultant and manufacturer of technologically innovative security solutions in a market segment the company refers to as the TECURITY® market. With more than 1,600 employees at 26 locations on five continents, Muehlbauer is the leading provider of production systems for the Smart Card industry.

Muehlbauer system solutions are suitable for the manufacture of any card type. They are used in the production of ID cards, ePassports, eVisa, contact and contactless cards, dual interface cards and multimedia cards. The products are, above that, suitable for the manufacture of Smart Labels for the security, supply chain, textile and retail industries.

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Werner Sobek
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