Why Join?

ICMA, the leading global card association, provides member benefits in the following key areas: Education, Training and Networking, including:

Annual Card Manufacturing & Personalization EXPO is the world’s only manufacturing-focused global card conference and exhibition. ICMA members receive substantial discounts to attend or exhibit. Visited by people from more than 40 countries worldwide, the EXPO is an international forum for leading card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers, issuers and other card industry representatives.

CardTREX North America and CardTREX Europe each focus on regional challenges and opportunities as well as highlight the latest trends, technologies and innovations for their region. The conferences include a Networking Zone for supplier members to display information, a Speed Share session for Networking Zone exhibitors, a networking dinner for all attendees and member facility tours are offered as applicable.

Other ICMA Resources

By becoming a member, you have access to top industry facts and figures on the members-only site through our magazine, newsletters, special reports, webinars and training programs.

Global Market and Personalization Statistics Reports: Two valuable reports that provide historical and forecasted figures for card manufacturers and personalizers worldwide. Also included is a breakdown by region and type of cards worldwide. Free for members; non-members pay $995 for one or $1,500 for both reports.

Subscriptions to Card Manufacturing magazine: Global publication printed six times a year with an interactive digital edition. ICMA members receive advertising discounts and the magazine is archived back to 1998. Inside ICMA: A members-only monthly e-newsletter with association and ISO/ANSI standards updates. ICMA InBrief: a weekly e-newsletter for members featuring member and card industry news, current events and information.

Extensive Web-based Resources: article archives, webinar and presentation archives, performance metrics and more.

Technical Standards Representation and Reports: Representation by David Tushie in ISO and ANSI standards organizations with members-only reports on activities and direct access to David for questions about standards activities and technical or production issues.

Social Media: A members-only group and public informational page, both on LinkedIn. Follow ICMA on Twitter @ICMATweets and find us on Facebook  and YouTube for the latest updates and videos.

ACE Program

ICMA’s Advanced Card Education (ACE) Training & Recognition Program: Open to members only, recognizes advanced knowledge in the field of card manufacturing and personalization. In-depth training seminars for ACE exams are also available at some ICMA events.

Education

Webinars/Webcasts featuring industry leaders or experts, recorded and linked on the Webinar Archive web page for ICMA members only.

Training Programs

Training portal for members to access the CITE program, webinar archives, standards reports, member tutorials, an issuer training webinar and ACE accreditation, at their convenience.

Card Industry Training & Education Program (CITE) provides a basic understanding of the history, scope and technologies involved in the international plastic card industry. Free to ICMA members, with a recognition level available for a nominal fee.

Card Basics for Card Issuers – a tutorial on the manufacturing and personalization of cards.

Member Recognition/Exposure

Lead-generation on ICMA’s website, where issuers are referred to members when they inquire about card manufacturers. 

Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence: Industry-wide publicity opportunities through the only awards in the industry to recognize card design and development, as well as supplier and personalization innovation.

Free publicity for member news briefs, with preferred placement in ICMA’s Card Manufacturing magazine and ICMA InBrief.

NEW! Online Association Directory: ICMA recently launched a public search feature on its website, enabling third-party users to search by card manufacturer, personalizer and major supplier product categories.  The Directory has become the most visited page, after the homepage, on ICMA.com – outstanding visibility for your company!

Link to your company website from ICMA, a top website on Google searches for “card manufacturer” and “card manufacturing.”

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