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Innovative Asia Pacific Forum to be Hosted by the International Card Manufacturers Association
Expanding Your Horizons: Global Card Industry Knowledge, Connections and Opportunities
PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ – May 27, 2014 – The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), the world’s leading card manufacturer trade association is bringing its member benefits to the Asia Pacific region by hosting the ICMA Asia Pacific Forum, September 11 and 12, 2014 at the Sheraton Towers in Singapore.
ICMA is holding the Asia Pacific Forum to provide valuable educational, networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for regional association members and prospective members.
“Our 25 year old global card manufacturing and personalization association is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region by initiating this forum in Singapore,” said Al Vrancart, ICMA Founder Emeritus and Industry Advisor. “This forum is an opportunity for card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders to discuss global and regional issues and trends. Focusing on current industry topics, technologies, networking and education, the Asia Pacific Forum will also review the benefits of ICMA membership.”
The Asia Pacific region leads the world in card manufacturing with 12 billion cards produced and dispersed last year, according to ICMA’s 2013 Global Card Market Statistics Report.
Programming is tailored to technical and card production staff as well as executives and company owners. Educational topics include Asia Pacific Card Market Statistics, Quality Best Practices, New Technologies and Trends in Gift Cards, Dual Interface Technologies, and Trends in Card Materials.
As part of the event, key industry suppliers from around the world will provide table top exhibits of the latest technologies, products and services in card manufacturing and personalization. Suppliers of materials, inks, card equipment and components are encouraged to exhibit.
The Asia Pacific Forum is chaired by Thomas Decker, vice president of segment development, finance, transit and access for SMARTRAC N.V. The event is hosted by Singapore-based ICMA member Burt Png-Yap, director of Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd.
Based in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, the International Card Manufacturers Association is a trade organization of card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and vendors. With more than 240 members globally, ICMA serves as a resource for industry issues and research including the production, technology, application, security and environmental aspects of plastic cards. More information is available at www.icma.com.