The official ribbon-cutting of Scientific Games Corporation’s “newest, most advanced” lottery instant game technology at its Leeds-based production plant, which services the UK National Lottery as well as 50 lotteries in Europe and globally, has been revealed.
The new technology allows the corporation to increase its global production capacity by 20 percent. An additional 175 people are scheduled to be added to the company’s UK workforce as a result of the increased production output.
Kevin Anderson, VP global strategic accounts EMEA said: “Our investment in this UK production expansion represents our strong commitment to serve the UK National Lottery and lotteries throughout Europe, and to entertain the world’s players through our instant game innovation.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour were attended by Hilary Benn, member of Parliament for Leeds Central, as well as Scientific Games executives Mark Scholey, VP global manufacturing, and Anderson, as well as a number of the company’s UK workers.
Sole instant game provider
The company has been the sole instant game provider for the UK National Lottery from its creation in 1994, and has played a vital role in helping the Lottery’s instant game business expand to become a $4.7 billion consumer product category that pays its UK beneficiary programmes.
“This technology expansion allows lotteries to bring new games to market more quickly so they can offer just-in-time inventory at retail. The expansion strengthens our nearly 50 years of global leadership in lottery instant products, and importantly helps our lottery customers drive maximum proceeds to support their beneficiary programs,” said Scholey.
The new instant games production equipment at Scientific Games’ Leeds plant is “the most advanced in the world,” with playstyle, colour, pictures, ticket sizes, and specialty materials and finishes all giving a wide range of versatility in game creativity.
With the use of green technology, recyclable paper, water-based inks, and energy-efficient processes, the technology produces instant game tickets at 1,000 feet per minute, supporting the company’s commitment to quality environmental standards.