Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd.

Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd.

De La Rue plc is a banknote manufacturer, security printing of passports and tax stamps, brand authentication and papermaking company, with headquarters in Basingstoke, Hampshire. It also has a factory in Gateshead and other facilities at Loughton, Essex and Bathford, Somerset. There are overseas offices in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Malta.

The company was founded by Thomas De La Rue, who moved to London in 1821 and set up in business as a stationer and printer.

In 1831 Thomas De La Rue secured a Royal Warrant to produce playing cards.

In 1855 the company began printing postage stamps and in 1860 it began printing banknotes. The business became a limited company in 1896 and became De La Rue plc in 1991.

De La Rue is one of only seven companies known to have overprinted the 1d venetian red.