Oberthur Technologies Awarded Innovations

Oberthur smart cards technology and related services, has received several prestigious awards for its innovation in the first part of 2010. Having received two International Innovation Awards from ACT Canada, a non-profit association that focuses on smart card technology in Canada, the company is being recognized for introducing innovative new technologies, applications and services into the payment card market. Namely, Oberthur’s “Smart Pin” won for being the first service that allows card issuers to securely deliver card PINs via mobile text message while in the Business Model Service category, Oberthur’s “EMV-In-A-Box” won for being able to provide issuers a turnkey EMV Migration solution. Oberthur Technologies also won the Élan Award for Unique Innovation at the International Card Manufacturing Association (ICMA) EXPO, held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

ACE-M

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) global
non-profit association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers
and suppliers has awarded six new recipients the Advanced Card Education
(ACE-M) accreditation. Recognizing the knowledge, experience and
dedication of leading professionals throughout the card manufacturing
industry for having demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of card
manufacturing, ACE-M designation has been granted to; Arun P.K., Quality
Assurance Manager with Cupola Plastic Cards out of the United Arab
Emirates; Julie Davison, Project Manager with Travel Tags out of the
United States; Joel Germain, Customer Service Manager with Travel Tags
out of the United States; Manoj Mathew, VP Operations with Versatile
Card Technology out of India; Lynne McDevitt, Quality Manager with
ABnote North America out of the United States; and Dean Warner, Plant
Manager with L-1 Identity Solutions out of the United States. These
individuals scored a minimum proficiency in knowledge of Substrates,
Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting and
Standards/Testing.

ICMA Awards Advanced Card Education to Six

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) global non-profit association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers has awarded six new recipients the Advanced Card Education (ACE-M) accreditation. Recognizing the knowledge, experience and dedication of leading professionals throughout the card manufacturing industry for having demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of card manufacturing, ACE-M designation has been granted to; Arun P.K., Quality Assurance Manager with Cupola Plastic Cards out of the United Arab Emirates; Julie Davison, Project Manager with Travel Tags out of the United States; Joel Germain, Customer Service Manager with Travel Tags out of the United States; Manoj Mathew, VP Operations with Versatile Card Technology out of India; Lynne McDevitt, Quality Manager with ABnote North America out of the United States; and Dean Warner, Plant Manager with L-1 Identity Solutions out of the United States. These individuals scored a minimum proficiency in knowledge of Substrates, Inks, Adhesives, Printing, Collation, Lamination, Die-cutting and Standards/Testing.

CARD MANUFACTURING

The number of cards manufactured was essentially flat last year. The latest ICMA survey reveals 19.4 billion cards were manufactured globally, up 60 basis points from 2007. The dollar market also increased by 4.3% to $9.7 billion in 2008. North America held its position as the largest producer of cards, with more than 8.8 billion cards manufactured in 2008. The Asia Pacific region continues to gain global share with 4.9 billion units manufactured. Europe remained in the third position with 4.1 billion units manufactured, followed by Latin America with one billion units manufactured and the Middle East/Africa (MEA) with half a billion units manufactured.

Card Manufacturing Hits a Sluggish 2008

The number of cards manufactured last year was essentially flat last year. The latest ICMA survey reveals 19.4 billion cards were manufactured globally, up 60 basis points from 2007. The dollar market also increased by 4.3% to $9.7 billion in 2008. North America held its position as the largest producer of cards, with more than 8.8 billion cards manufactured in 2008. The Asia Pacific region continues to gain global share with 4.9 billion units manufactured. Europe remained in the third position with 4.1 billion units manufactured, followed by Latin America with one billion units manufactured and the Middle East/Africa (MEA) with half a billion units manufactured.

ACADEMY WORKSHOP

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) has announced it
will now be hosting its Academy Workshop Series in its new MEA workshop
in Dubai, UAE to provide members an opportunity to learn of new industry
trends and techniques to compete in the current economic environment.
Addressing issues affecting professionals throughout the card
manufacturing industry, topics reflecting industry trends, innovations
in security, material alternatives, card testing options, NFC,
personalization and print technology, the MEA workshop in Dubai is to be
held September 30-October 1 of 2009 and will target such card
manufacturing professionals as personalizers, issuers and card
manufacturers. NJ-based ICMA non-profit association of card
manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and related industry participants
has more than 240 members globally.

ICMA Schedules MEA Workshops for the Fall

NJ-based International Card Manufacturers Association is set to hold its “Academy Workshop Series”
in the U.S. and Europe this fall. The Workshops will discuss the latest issues affecting professionals
throughout the card manufacturing industry, as well as offer topics that reflect
industry trends in each market. Topics will cover a variety of areas pertinent to each
region including innovations in security, material alternatives, card testing
options, NFC, personalization and print technology. The Workshops are suitable for card manufacturing professionals from
around the world including personalizers, issuers, card manufacturers and other
industry stakeholders. A variety of speakers from JDSU, Oberthur, DataCard, SMARTRAC,
Waytek, Mirel, HID Global, CFC International and Bayer MaterialScience
will also be featured at the Workshops who will share their insight on new industry
processes and applications and offer their perspectives on the future of the
industry. The Workshops are only open to members of the association.

ICMA Green Summit II Slated for Sept

The International Card Manufacturers Association will hold its “Green
Summit II” September 16, 2009 in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Following the success of last year’s Green Summit, the association
formed a Green Task Force to continue the discussion on environmental
issues affecting the card manufacturing industry. The Task Force is comprised of card manufacturing
professionals from around the world who aim to develop an
industry-specific system of eco-labeling by the end of 2009. Several
Task Force meetings have already been held in Europe and the U.S.
The Green Summit II will provide attendees with techniques needed to
reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately reduce operational costs.
Topics will include the carbon footprint of cards, authentic
sustainability, recycling solutions, energy efficiency and secondary
packaging. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from a card
manufacturers panel featuring speakers from Travel Tags, Oberthur,
Plantaplast, PSA and Arthur Blank and Company (ABN).

Premier Card Solutions Lands a Top Award

Premier Card Solutions won the top “Award for Unique Innovation” at this
year’s International Card Manufacturers Association annual Élan Awards
for Card Manufacturing Excellence. The “Unique Innovation” category is
judged on the most innovative technical achievement in card
functionality. Pinnacle won for the “Wal-Mart Merry Christmas Velour
Card” produced for First Data/Wal-Mart. Recognizing the latest
advancements and achievements in card design, the ICMA Élan Awards for
Card Manufacturing Excellence are the pinnacle of design innovation and
technical achievement in the card industry from around the world.

ICMA Membership Rose 14% in 2008

The NJ-based non-profit International Card Manufacturers Association has
achieved record 14% in membership growth in 2008. The association
enables members to network with other industry professionals, address
industry concerns and participate in new initiatives. In 2008, the
association introduced a corporate member
category which was developed to expand the needs of larger
multi-location manufacturing companies. Other membership categories
include suppliers, issuers, manufacturer representatives, personalizers
and affiliated companies. Members come from around the world, including
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The ICMA
acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production,
technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic
cards.

ICMA Personalization EXPO Slated for April

The International Card Manufacturers Association will hold its “Annual Card Manufacturing
and Personalization EXPO” March 31 through April 3, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s agenda features numerous
timely seminar topics ranging from advanced security, emerging markets,
personalization and production issues, industry statistics and trends,
to global/environmental issues affecting card manufacturing. The Annual EXPO also serves as the venue for presenting the
association’s annual Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence,
which are given out in multiple categories for outstanding card design
and innovation; and the Spiritus Award, which goes to one member company
that has implemented noteworthy, community-based programs designed for
the betterment of society. During the EXPO, ICMA will hold the third meeting of the Green Task Force, a
group of members and industry stakeholders that has been meeting since
November in order to determine a standard for environmentally
responsible practices within the industry and the ACE-M Accreditation
exams for registered member applicants will take place on April 3.