Welcome to Landqart AG, the highly innovative Swiss manufacturer of substrates for banknote, passport, and visa applications that is supplied to some 50 countries around the world.
We are the only manufacturer of high-security paper in Switzerland. Located in the picturesque valleys of South-East Switzerland, paper of the highest quality has been produced at our site since 1872. Today we produce in excess of 10,000 tons of cylinder mould made paper for banknote and passport applications using state-of-the-art technology, and are proud suppliers to monetary authorities and governments around the world.
Our employees are at the heart of our business. They represent our brand in everything they do, and as a major employer in Canton Grisons, Landqart is strongly aware of its responsibility towards the future of both the company and the region. We employ 210 people, including 16 apprentices, across five professions.
The apprenticeship system is commonly found in companies throughout Switzerland. It is a chance for young people interested in vocational training to gain exposure to a unique work environment where excellence is an everyday requirement, and where the products they work with will be used by millions of people every day, not just in Switzerland, but in over 50 countries around the world.
Landqart made the change to a culture of Lean Management in 2013, starting with a Value-Stream analysis to identify key issues, and training the initial wave of Green Belts.
With the overall aim of increasing efficiency and reducing costs throughout the company, our Lean transformation has been clearly focused on the reduction and elimination of waste in all our processes and procedures. Clear, visual systems throughout the site help to involve all our employees in the process, ensuring the sustainability of the improvements and solutions that have been made possible through Landqart's Lean Culture.
The firm's management carry a very important responsibility in shaping the ideal Lean Culture at all levels within the company. Lean Management at Landqart is not a short-term project, rather a long-term plan with a clear strategy, clear goals, and appropriate training and coaching.
As an environmentally aware company in the heart of the Swiss Alps, we are very conscientious when dealing with local and global resources such as raw materials, water, energy, and with the protection of the environment. Landqart has been a trend-setter in this field from a very early stage. We do not use any crude oil in order to keep a favourable CO2 balance, and the heating that we need for papermaking is drawn through a pipeline connected to the local waste incineration plant. The majority of our energy needs are satisfied by a local hydro-generation facility, and we have our own waste water recycling plant. These high standards that we maintain are officially ISO14001 certified.
Research & Development
The key to Landqart’s past, present, and future lies in innovative and creative products. We work closely with our customers to understand their ever-changing environment, and develop the solutions needed to secure the integrity of their products.
We have state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure, well-equipped laboratories and pilot processing equipment. This allows our interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and paper technologists to focus on developing novel security printing substrates and innovative security technologies. The creative developments and patented security solutions that we offer are the fruit of this work, and of the long-standing collaborative projects with universities, established industry players, and technology start-ups from around the world.
Maintaining our customers’ trust is central to our business, and this starts with ensuring security. As the sole supplier of banknote substrate to the Swiss National Bank, and as a supplier to numerous other Central Banks around the world, we are fully qualified to meet all the security requirements of the industry.
The security afforded by established and documented working practices and a responsibility toward employee safety are also of great importance to us. We have been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and CWA 15374 certification in recognition of these facts.