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ICMA Élan Awards Cast Spotlight on Global Card Industry Leaders for 16th Year

Winners Recognized at ICMA’s Annual Awards Ceremony on June 6

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ – June 11, 2013 – Continuing to honor its members’ world-class achievements in both card design and technological innovation, the International Card Manufacturers Association announced the winners of the Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence on June 6, 2013, at the awards dinner held during its Annual Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., USA.

Adding a Personalization and Fulfillment (P&F) category to this year’s program, ICMA distinguishes manufacturer, supplier and per­sonalization/fulfillment members before peers and customers as industry leaders through the Élan awards program. Based upon nine unique judging criteria, an independent panel of card industry experts recognized one winner and two finalists in each award category. Awards are presented to both winning manufacturers and their card customers.

The 2013 finalists and winners are:

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation:

Winner: Bayer MaterialScience AG
For their Makrofol ID Superlaser Film

Best Personalization and Fulfillment New Product, Service or Project:

Finalist: Arroweye Solutions
For the process that created the City of Oakland Municipal ID/Prepaid Card

Winner: CPI Card Group
For the process that created the ION Visa Debit Card

Best Financial Card:

Finalist: Goldpac Secur-Card Ltd.
For the Citibank PremierMiles Card
Manufactured for Citibank

Finalist: CompoSecure, LLC
For the JPMorgan Chase Marriott Rewards Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

Winner: CPI Card Group
For the Discover it Card
Manufactured for Discover Card

Best Gift Card:

Finalist: Production Services Associates (PSA)
For the Sketched Flowers Card
Manufactured for SVS-Target

Finalist: CPI Card Group
For the Small Animal Multi Card
Manufactured for CSVS/Petsmart

Winner: Production Services Associates (PSA)
For the Holiday Village Card
Manufactured for Mills Fleet Farm

Best Retail/Gas Card:

Finalist: VALID USA-NJ
For the Saks Fifth Avenue Saks First Diamond Card
Manufactured for Saks Fifth Avenue

Finalist: VALID USA-NJ
For the Lands’ End Happy Holidays Card
Manufactured for Lands’ End

Winner: Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.
For the JPMorgan Chase BP Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase/BP

Best Government Identification Card:

Finalist: ABnote North America
For the Nicaragua Social Security Card
Manufactured for ABM de Costa Rica

Winner: Arroweye Solutions
For the City of Oakland Municipal ID/Prepaid Card
Manufactured for City of Oakland, California

Best Loyalty & Promotional Card:

Finalist: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd
For the Marina Bay Sands Paiza Diamond Membership Card
Manufactured for Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Finalist: Signature Card
For the Alana Jewelry Card
Manufactured for Swipe It Technologies

Winner: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd
For the Genting Club Card
Manufactured for Resorts World Singapore

Best Transportation Card:

Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd.
For the Year of the Snake Crystal Card
Manufactured for Beijing Municipal Administration & Communications Card Co., Ltd.

Winner: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd.

For the Wonders of Marina Bay Sands Limited Edition EZ-Link Card
Manufactured for Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Best Access Control/ID Card:

Finalist: Signature Card
For the University Club Card
Manufactured for GESI Hospitality

Finalist: Signature Card
For the Super Bowl XLVII ESPN VIP Credential Card
Manufactured for Bright Spot Creative, LLC

Winner: Bristol ID Technologies
For the Little League World Series 2013 VIP Credential Card
Manufactured for Lenel

Best Unique Innovation:

Finalist: VALID USA-NJ
For the First Citizens Visa Infinite Card
Manufactured for First Citizens Bank Limited

Finalist: Bristol ID Technologies
For the Venture Express Business Card
Manufactured for PIP Printing/Dynamark

Winner: CompoSecure, LLC
For the JPMorgan Chase Palladium Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

Judges’ Choice:

Finalist: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd
For the Genting Club Card
Manufactured for Resorts World Singapore

Finalist: Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.
For the JPMorgan Chase BP Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase/BP

Winner: CompoSecure, LLC
For the JPMorgan Chase Palladium Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

People’s Choice:

Finalist: Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.
For the JPMorgan Chase Liquid Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

Finalist: CPI Card Group
For the Discover it Card
Manufactured for Discover Card

Winner: CompoSecure, LLC
For the JPMorgan Chase Palladium Card
Manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

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, ICMA is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and related industry participants. With more than 240 members globally, ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards. More information is available at www.icma.com.

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