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ICMA Élan Award Winners Celebrated for Distinction and Design

Winners: Recognized at ICMA’s Annual Awards Ceremony on April 17

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ – April 17, 2012 – Continuing to highlight its members accomplishments, the International Card Manufacturers Association announced the winners of the Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence on April 17, 2012, at the annual awards dinner held during the Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO at the Turnberry Isle Miami Hotel & Resort in Aventura (Miami), Florida, USA.

Honoring the best of the best in the global card industry for both card design and technological innovation, the esteemed ICMA Élan Awards celebrated ICMA members’ commitment to quality. The judges recognized one winner and two finalists in each of the card manufacturing categories and honored both the manufacturer and their card customers.

The 2012 finalists and winners are:

Best Vendor New Product, Equipment or Material:

H.W. Sands Corp.
For their UV Cure Screen Inks

Best Gift Card:

Finalist: Production Services Associates (PSA)
For the Walgreens Flower Card
Manufactured for Walgreens

Finalist: Production Services Associates (PSA)
For the Walgreens Beauty Profile Card
Manufactured for Walgreens

Winner: Travel Tags, Inc.
For the Stained Glass Manger Scene Card
Manufactured for First Data / Wal-Mart

Best Retail/Gas Card:

Finalist: VCT-NJ
For the Citi Drive Card
Manufactured for Citibank

Finalist: VCT-NJ
For the Staples Rewards Card
Manufactured for Citibank

Winner: CPI Card Group
For the Stein Mart Style Card
Manufactured for GE Capital Retail Bank

Best Government Identification Card:

Winner: Placard Pty, Ltd.
For the Marine License Indicator Card
Manufactured for the Government of Queensland Department of Transportation and Main Roads

Best Loyalty and Promotional Card:

Finalist: ABnote North America
For the Foxwoods Royal Red card
Manufactured for Foxwoods

Finalist: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd.
For the Marina Bay Sands Paiza Chairman Card
Manufactured for Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Winner: VARIUSCARD
For the Diamond Card
Manufactured for Beckermail and Intersport EYBL World Store

Best Transportation Card:

Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd.
For the Circular Crystal Card of the Year Dragon
Manufactured for Shandong City Card

Finalist: ABnote Canada
For the I-Ride Card
Manufactured for Niagara Falls Transit Commission

Winner: Goldpac Secur-Card Ltd.
For the Zhuhai Public Transportation Card, Kung-Fu Rabbit
Manufactured for Zhuhai Public Transportation Group Company Ltd.

Best Access Control & ID Card:

Finalist: ABnote North America
For the JW Marriott Card
Manufactured for JW Marriott Resorts

Finalist: Plasticard-Locktech International
For the Superbowl XLVI Card
Manufactured for the NFL

Winner: Bristol ID Technologies
For the 2011 Little League World Series Card
Manufactured for Lenel Systems International, Inc.

Unique Innovation:

Finalist: VCT-NJ
For the Chase Disney Tinkerbell card
Manufactured for Chase

Finalist: Goldpac Secur-Card Ltd.
For the Visa Infinite Dual Currency Card
Manufactured for China Citic Bank

Winner: VCT-NJ, CompoSecure
For the Ritz Carlton Rewards Visa Signature Card
Manufactured for Chase

Best Secure Financial Card:

Finalist: Goldpac Secur-Card Ltd.
For the Ultima Visa Infinite EMV Card
Manufactured for Citibank

Finalist: BioSmart
For the Diamond Card
Manufactured for ICICI Bank

Winner: VCT-NJ
For the Chase Disney Sorcerer Card
Manufactured for Chase

Judges Choice:

Finalist: Travel Tags, Inc.
For the Stained Glass Manger Card
Manufactured for First Data / Walmart

Finalist: Placard Pty, Ltd.
For the Marine License Indicator Card
Manufactured for Government of Queensland Department of Transportation and Main Roads

Winner: VCT-NJ, CompoSecure
For the Ritz Carlton Rewards Visa Signature Card
Manufactured for Chase

People’s Choice:

Finalist: Dz Card (International) Ltd.
For the Master Diamond Card
Manufactured for SFX Cinema

Finalist: Cupola Plastic Cards Limited
For the GT Creat E-savers Card
Manufactured for Guaranty Trust Bank

Winner: Placard Pty, Ltd.
For the Marine License Indicator Card
Manufactured for Government of Queensland Department of Transportation and Main Roads

ICMA also recognized Barry Mosteller, Director of R&D for CPI Card Group, as the 2012 Outstanding Member Service Award recipient. Barry was selected for taking a very active role in ICMA’s Green Task Force program development and for volunteering for various ICMA events.

For more information on joining ICMA, contact Lynn McCullough at 609-799-4900 or email LMccullough@icma.com.

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About the Élan Awards
In the global arena of world-class cards, the ICMA Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence are the pinnacle of design innovation and technical achievement. Past recipients have included leading card manufacturers from around the globe. Winners of this prestigious competition tap the power of industry recognition and promotional opportunity.

About ICMA
Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, USA, ICMA is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and related industry participants. With more than 240 members globally, the ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards. Visit www.icma.com for more information. Editor’s Note: JPEG images are available upon request. Please contact Meghan Higgins at (609) 297-2218 or email mhiggins@icma.com.

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