Created in 1985, PETREL is the leader in France for the supply of security products for the printing industry.

Located in France, close to Paris, PETREL manufactures and develops 3 main ranges of products:

  • Security Inks for all printing processes: Offset, Letterpress, Flexography, Gravure and Silk-Screen.
  • Security Fibres supplied to all main security paper manufacturers worldwide.
  • Security Stitching Threads used for stitching the pages of security booklets such as passports.

In all those 3 branches our expertise is acknowledged in the whole world.

Most of our inks are Taylor-made for the  specific needs of a particular customer.
PETREL offers an always increasing range of more than 4500 references and has customers in more than 60 countries.


With security fibres, from the very beginning, PETREL is one of the few suppliers selected by the European Central Bank (ECB) and our products enter in the composition of many bank-notes papers.

For Security Stitching Threads, PETREL is able to offer very exclusive combinations of fluorescence that are virtually impossible to match. With the development of new securities in passports (E-passport, biometrics and so on) the high-secured passports in their latest version are stitched with our threads.


PETREL Research & Development Laboratory is fully equipped for supplying advices on improving security documents and personnalised solutions.

Customers' help

With a range of Security inks in permanent evolution, PETREL is most of the time developping specific formulations for particuliar uses.


Petrel is organised for having a very quick reactivity for the benefit of our customers.


PETREL is  ISO 9001-2000 certified since 2001.