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Congratulations to our 2017 Élan Award winners! Click here to find out who won

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 Every year, the prestigious ICMA Élan Awards cast a spotlight on the best of the best in the global card industry, honoring world-class achievements in both card design and technological innovation. Widely acknowledged as the most renowned platform for card excellence, the coveted Élan Awards distinguish ICMA manufacturer, supplier and personalization/ fulfillment members before peers and customers as industry leaders. The Élan Awards celebrate ICMA members’ commitment to the design quality and technical advances that drive the future of the global card industry, which is ultimately the true winner in this acclaimed program.

The 2017 winners and finalists (check back soon for photos of the winning entries) include:

MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards:
Winner: CompoSecure LLC for the Starbucks for Life Card for Starbucks
Finalist: Pure Continental Ltd for the Nike Metal Gift Card for Nike, Inc.
Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the Yunjin My Starbucks Rewards Card for Starbucks

ID and Access Control Cards:
Winner: Gemalto AG for the Maryland Driver License and Identification Card for Maryland DMV
Finalist: Variuscard GmbH for the Congo School Identity Photo Card for Ministry of Education Congo
Finalist: ABCorp for the Bahamas Driver's License for DataTorque

Unique Innovation:
Winner: Goldpac Limited for the Goddess of Wood Grain Card for the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC along with personalization partner Goldpac Limited for the China Industrial Bank "Cang Ka" Metal Card for Goldpac/China Industrial Bank
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for the American Express Platinum with Dual Interface Technology for American Express

Best Secure Payment Card, final manufacturing category:
Winner: Goldpac Limited for the Global Credit Card for the Bank of Communications
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for the Chase Sapphire Reserve for JPMorgan Chase
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC with personalization partner Goldpac Limited for the Hua Xia Elite – Priority Platinum Credit Card for Goldpac/Hua Xia Bank

The People's Choice Award, based on the ballots as cast by ICMA EXPO delegates:
Winner: Variuscard GmbH for the Congo School Identity Photo Card for Ministry of Education Congo
Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the Yunjin My Starbucks Rewards Card for Starbucks
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for the Starbucks for Life Card for Starbucks

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation:
Winner: H.W. Sands Corp. for the H.W. Sands Colorshift Inks
Finalist: Matica Technologies for the Instant Issuance Bankcards at 600 DPI for Problem Solved, Inc.

Best Personalization & Fulfillment (P&F) Product, Service or Project:
Winner: Goldpac Limited for the Holiday Special Edition My Starbucks Rewards Card for Starbucks
Finalist: Plasticard-Locktech International for the Starbucks Mother's Day Holiday Bundle for Starbucks
Finalist: Placard Pty Ltd for the Platinum Global Wallet Welcome Pack for Velocity Frequent Flyer, loyalty program of Virgin Australia


Click here for the press release announcing
the winning 2016 entries!


The winners and finalists of the 2016 Élan Awards are listed below. Congratulations to these companies for their achievement.

Best Personalization & Fulfillment (P&F) Product, Service or Project:

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Winner: Goldpac Limited for its 2016 My Starbucks Rewards City Card Series

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Finalist: Argo Card for the Piotr i Paweł Christmas Package

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Finalist: Bristol ID Technologies for its Utica Comets Season Pass

Best Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards:

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Winner: CompoSecure LLC for the Starbucks Crystal Card, manufactured for Starbucks

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Finalist: Travel Tags Inc. for the Starbucks Special Edition Kona Heritage Card, manufactured for Starbucks Coffee Company

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Finalist: Travel Tags Inc. for the Cabela’s Shooting Clay Lenticular Card, manufactured for Cabela’s

Best ID and Access Control Cards:

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Winner: Canadian Bank Note for the Canadian Permanent Resident Card, manufactured for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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Finalist: Canadian Bank Note for the Wisconsin Identification Card, manufactured for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles

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Finalist: ABnote for the Illinois Medical Cannabis ID Program, manufactured for Creative Information Technology, Inc

Unique Innovation:

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Winner: G&D (China) Information Technologies Co. Ltd. for the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Personalized Cards – Dream Card, manufactured for Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

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Finalist: CompoSecure and Goldpac Limited for the SPD Metal Collar Card, manufactured for Goldpac/Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

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Finalist: Signature Card for the Tractor Supply – Life Out Here Card, manufactured for Tractor Supply Company

Best Secure Payment Cards:

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Winner: Goldpac Limited for CMB Full Currency Credit Card, manufactured for China Merchants Bank Credit Card Center

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Finalist: BioSmart Co. Ltd for the Royal Blue 1000 Card (Metal card), manufactured for WOORI Card

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Finalist: Valid USA for the Victoria’s Secret – Pink Angel Forever, manufactured for Alliance Data Systems

The People’s Choice Award

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Winner: Giesecke & Devrient for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business VISA Card, manufactured for JPMorgan Chase

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Finalist: Austria Card GmbH for the Aurum Card, manufactured for Paylife Austria & Philoro

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Finalist: Valid USA for the Disney Rewards Program – Star Wars Darth Vader Card, manufactured for Chase

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation:

  • Winner: Otto Künnecke GmbH for the Magic Cube 
  • Finalist: Austria Card GmbH for its DaVinci Designer
  • Finalist: Schreiner Group GmbH for its PIN Safe

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CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Élan Award Winners!

CLICK HERE to view the 2014 Élan Award Winners!

CLICK HERE to view the 2013 Élan Award Winners!


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Every year, the prestigious ICMA Élan Awards cast a spotlight on the best of the best in the global card industry, honoring world-class achievements in both card design and technological innovation. Widely acknowledged as the most renowned showcase for card excellence, the coveted Élan Awards distinguish ICMA manufacturer, supplier and personalization/fulfillment members before peers and customers as industry leaders. The Élan Awards celebrate ICMA members' commitment to the design quality and technical advances that drive the future of the global card industry, which is ultimately the true winner in this acclaimed program. See the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Élan Winners below. Click on the brochure cover on the left to get full information on the 2016 Élan Awards.

CATEGORIES CARD MANUFACTURER JUDGING CRITERIA
PERSONALIZATION & FULFILLMENT JUDGING CRITERIA SUPPLIER JUDGING CRITERIA
ENTRY RULES ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

A Renowned Showcase for the World's Best Cards and Technology

Now in its 19th year, the ICMA Élan Awards gathers entries from around the world to recognize innovative card designs, technologies, and other criteria that establish the global vanguard for card manufacturing. The distinction of an Élan Award offers significant promotional opportunities for high-profile industry recognition and visibility.

Open to ICMA members only, the Élan Awards will be presented at the ICMA EXPO awards dinner in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. With the exception of the People's Choice award, an independent panel of card industry experts will recognize one winner and two finalists for each award category. Awards are bestowed upon and issued to both winning manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and their customers.

CATEGORIES:

Secure Payment Cards: These include Financial, Retail or Gas/Petrol branded cards from secure issuing organizations like VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, UnionPay or Retailers like Macys, WalMart, or Gas/Petrol companies like Shell, Exxon, BP. The card can be magnetic stripe and/or smart chip with debit, credit or prepaid as long as it bears the branding logo of a recognized secure issuer.

Loyalty, Promotional, Gift Cards: Includes cards for airline, hotel, car rental and grocery loyalty programs. Also, gift cards with a prepaid value usually initiated at check out. Cards must be printed on card stock of 24 to 30 mil thickness and can be magnetic stripe or smart chip.

ID and Access Control Cards: Includes government-issued cards like healthcare, drivers license or national ID. Also includes cards for access control such as door keys, access ID badges or cards for entry/access. Cards can be magnetic stripe or smart chip and may or may not have photo identification.

Unique Innovation: Most innovative technical achievement in card functionality or Personalization/Fulfillment product or service (multi-application, biometric, optical, alternative material, environmentally friendly, other innovative cardholder features) that demonstrates novel, unique or expanded functionality in response to customer application requirements.

Personalization & Fulfillment (P&F) Product, Service or Project: P&F bureaus can enter a new card-based product, service or project that was launched into the card market this past year. It could be a unique and attractive card package that was personalized and fulfilled to the cardholders of a specific secure or non-secure market and issuer.

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation: Associate members can enter your own product, service or innovation that was utilized in the card and/or personalization & fulfillment industry this past year. This could include items such as materials, equipment or services.

People's Choice (selected by ICMA EXPO delegates): Attendees at the EXPO (exclusive of spouses or guests) will select their favorite Card or P&F Product or Service from all of the entries received in any of the above categories. These entries will be displayed face-up without identification of the ICMA member entrant.


CARD MANUFACTURER JUDGING CRITERIA

Graphical Design: Creative, attractive design elements and layout to convey information or create an effect.

Printing: Utilization of litho and silk screening and other specialized printing techniques and processes to obtain maximum impact relevant to the card's graphic design.

Complexity: Utilization of the multiple manufacturing steps, processes, materials and components available including printing, lamination, die cutting/card reduction, hot stamping, embedding and other processes.

Technology: The application of science, knowledge, tools and methods in the development and creation of the card. Quality: Overall card manufacturing quality including printing, lamination, die cutting, magnetic stripe positioning, foiling, signature panels, holograms, photos, chips or any other enhancement.

Innovation: The utilization of a new technique, method, process or material to develop cards that have been produced and accepted in the marketplace.

Uniqueness: Attributes that enable the card to be the only type of its kind. It should be without an equal – unparalleled and special.

Practicality: Useful, workable and sensible attributes which facilitate market use and acceptance. Security (If applicable): Application of visible and covert techniques for human verification or instrument or lab verification of a card's authenticity.

Security (if applicable): Application of visible and covert techniques for human verification or instrument or lab verification of a card's authenticity.


PERSONALIZATION & FULFILLMENT JUDGING CRITERIA

The application of science, engineering, knowledge, tools and methods in the development and creation of the new product, service or innovation. Must have useful, workable and sensible attributes which facilitate market use and acceptance.


SUPPLIER JUDGING CRITERIA

The application of science, knowledge, tools and methods in the development and creation of the new product, equipment or material. Must have useful, workable and sensible attributes which facilitate market use and acceptance.

 


The winners and finalists of the 2015 Élan Awards are listed below. Congratulations to these companies for their achievement.

Secure Payment Cards: 

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Winner: CompoSecure, L.L.C. for Visa Corporate manufactured for Visa, Inc.

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Finalist: CompoSecure, L.L.C./ Goldpac Secur-Card (Zhuhai) Ltd. for the League of Legends manufactured for China Merchant Bank

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Finalist: CPI Card Group for the Arrival/Arrival Plus Campaign manufactured for Barclaycard US


Loyalty, Promotional, Gift Cards: 

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Winner: Production Services Associates (PSA) for the Steak ‘n Shake Halloween Card manufactured for Steak ‘n Shake

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Finalist: Valid USA for the Starbucks Asami Kiyokawa manufactured for Starbucks

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Finalist: Production Services Associates (PSA) for the Mills Fleet’s Farm Merry Christmas Lights on Wagon Wheel Card manufactured for First Data


ID and Access Control Cards: 

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Winner: ABnote for the Western Australia Driver’s License/ID manufactured for the Government of Western Australia

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Finalist: ABnote for the DR Voter and NID/ Non Voter NID manufactured for the Grupo CSI/Junta Central Electoral República Dominicana

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Finalist: Checkpoint Card Technology LLC for the Honduras Driver’s License manufactured for Blue Star


Unique Innovation: 

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Winner: CompoSecure, L.L.C. for the Capital One Venture Card manufactured for Capital One

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Finalist: Goldpac Secur-Card (Zhuhai) Ltd. for the Bank of Suzhou CUP Platinum Credit Card manufactured for the Bank of Suzhou

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Finalist: Bristol ID Technologies for the Livingston Aquarium Business Card manufactured for Livingston Aquarium


Personalization & Fulfillment (P&F) Product, Service or Project: 

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Winner: Goldpac Secur-Card (Zhuhai) Ltd. for the 2015 China & City Series My Starbucks Rewards Cards manufactured for Starbucks (China) Company Limited

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Finalist: HID Global for the Western African Examinations Council Electronic Student ID Card manufactured for the West African Examinations Council

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Finalist: Argo Card for the Argo Card—Matras Christmas Gift Pack manufactured for Matras S.A.


People’s Choice (selected by ICMA EXPO delegates): 

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Winner: Schreiner PrinTrust for the Ceska Debit Black Card, manufactured for Ceska Sporitelna (personalized by Austria Card)

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Finalist: Valid USA for the Virgin Airlines Premium Card, manufactured for ADS/Virgin Airlines

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Finalist: CompoSecure, L.L.C. for the Starbucks Keycard, manufactured for Starbucks


Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation: 

Winner: VTT GmbH for the VTT Fly-Eye Technology

Finalist: VTT GmbH for the VTT-Holophotic Technology

Finalist: H.W. Sands Corp. for the MSA4368-Reflective Silver UV Screen Ink

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The winners and finalists of the 2014 Élan Awards are listed below. Congratulations to these companies for their achievement.

Best Secure Payment Card:

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Winner: CompoSecure, L.L.C.
For the Lions Bank Master Key Credit Card
Manufactured for Idea Bank

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Finalist: CompoSecure, L.L.C. and Goldpac Secur-Card, Ltd.
For the China CITIC Bank Diamond Metal Hybrid Credit Card
Manufactured for China CITIC Bank

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Finalist: Valid
For the Indian Motorcycle Card
Manufactured for Capitol One


Best Loyalty, Promotional, Gift Card:

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Winner: Valid
For the Target Gift City Card
Manufactured for First Data/Target

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Finalist: Jet
For the Victoria’s Secret Card
Manufactured for SVS/Victoria’s Secret

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Finalist: CPI Card Group
For the Love You Card
Manufactured for Stored Value Solutions (SVS)


ID and Access Control Card:

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Winner: Bundesdruckerei GmbH
For the Governance Card
Manufactured for Bundesdruckerei GmbH

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Finalist: Canadian Bank Note Company, Ltd.
For the New York State Enhanced Driver License
Manufactured for State of New York

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Finalist: Trüb AG
For the Washington DC Driver’s License
Manufactured for Marquis ID Systems


Unique Innovation:

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Winner: ABnote
For the Qantas Card
Manufactured for Qantas Airlines

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Finalist: CompoSecure, L.L.C.
For the Citibank Asia Ultima Metal Hybrid Card
Manufactured for Citibank Asia

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Finalist: Plastek Cards, Inc.
For the Fabrek Card
Manufactured for Grand General


Personalization & Fulfillment:

Starbucks-2014-Elan-Card

Winner: Travel Tags
For the Starbucks Gold Card Membership
Manufactured for Starbucks Coffee Company

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Finalist: ABnote
For the ESSO Ultimate Hockey Fan Pack
Manufactured for ESI Inc.


Best People's Choice Card:

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Winner: Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc.
For the IHG Rewards Club Card
Manufactured for Chase

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Finalist: CompoSecure, L.L.C. and Goldpac Secur-Card, Ltd.
For the China Citic Bank Diamond Metal Hybrid Credit Card
Manufactured for China Citic Bank

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Finalist: Jet
For the La Senza Card
Manufactured for La Senza/SVS


Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation:

Winner: Otto Küennecke GmbH
For their DCS – Document Commissioning and Storage System

Finalist: Cross-Core Technology, Inc.
For their PINSeal Scratch Off System

Finalist: H.W. Sands Corp.
For their PET Bonding Film for Bonding Dissimilar Substrates

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The winners and finalists of the 2013 Elan Awards are listed below. Congratulations to these companies for their achievement.

Best Financial Card:

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


Best Gift Card:

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

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


Best Retail/Gas Card:

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

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


Best Government Identification Card:

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

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


Best Loyalty & Promotional Card:

Winner: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd
For the Resorts World Sentosa Membership Card
Manufactured for Resorts World Singapore

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


Best Transportation Card:

Winner: Smartstripe Marketing Pte Ltd.
For the Wonders of Marina Bay Sands Limited Edition EZ-Link Card
Manufactured for Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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.


Best Access Control/ID Card:

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

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


Best Unique Innovation:

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

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


Judges' Choice:

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

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


People's Choice:

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

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


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:

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

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

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