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Elevate Your Education, Network for Success at CardTREX

ICMA’s CardTREX packs everything you want from a card industry conference into a day-and-a-half event. CardTREX North America and CardTREX Europe are also unique in that they bring technical and production staff together with executives and business owners for regionally focused education and networking. Both ICMA members and non-members can attend.

CardTREX Europe will take place from 8-9 November at the Munich Marriott Hotel in Munich, Germany. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend regionally focused educational sessions. The event will also feature supplier exhibits in ICMA’s signature Networking Zone, which brings card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and issuers together to discuss opportunities and challenges in their region of the card industry and a Speed Share session during which exhibitors promote their best product and attendees vote on the best product of the event.

CardTREX North America will take place from November 16-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg in Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois. Attendees will have access to regionally focused educational sessions and will be taken off site on the first day for a tour of Meyer Cord/SICPA. The North American event will also feature supplier exhibits in the Networking Zone as well as a Speed Share session.

CardTREX North America will conclude with ICMA’s Advanced Card Education (ACE) program. ICMA members can register to take ACE-Manufacturing, ACE-Personalization or ACE-Advanced Technologies training sessions and exams.

Attending either CardTREX event will help you learn about new materials and technologies and enhance strategic business relationships in the region of the world where you work. You will also gain indispensable industry insights that you can leverage to drive innovation and profitability within your organization.

Exhibit at CardTREX

ICMA members who would like to showcase a product or service in the Networking Zone at either CardTREX event should email Nicole Lauzon at for a contract. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

For more information and to register to attend, visit

CardTREX Europe Schedule at a Glance

8-9 November 2023

Tuesday, 8 November

8-9 a.m.                             Arrival Coffee/Networking Zone Open

9 a.m.                                Opening Remarks

9:15-10 a.m.                    Sustainable by Birth: The Choice of Your Materials Matters for the Future, Mikko Kahkonen, VP Global Head of Card Products, Giesecke+Devrient

10-10:45 a.m.                  Advances in Card Certification Testing: Visa Europe Self-Service PVT, Barnes International

10:45-11:45 a.m.            Speed Share – Tabletop exhibitors briefly present; groups rotate from exhibitor to exhibitor

11:45 a.m.–12 p.m.        Break/Networking Zone Open

12-1 p.m.                          Lunch

1-1:45 p.m.                      Biometric Cards to Secure Access Control, Celine Littre, Product Marketing Manager, Linxens

1:45-2:30 p.m.                 Going Green, Marco Balatti, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Matteo Panetta, Area Sales Manager, SPICA

2:30-3 p.m.                      Break/Networking Zone Open

3-3:45 p.m.                      Standardization as Powerful Lever to Manage Globalization Challenges in Card Manufacturing, Milena Niedernhuber, G+D

3:45-4:30 p.m.                 The Evolution of Chip Payment Cards, Hans Joerg Frey, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Infineon AG

4:30-5 p.m.                      Networking Reception

5-6 p.m.                            Break

6 p.m.                                Networking Dinner

Wednesday, 9 November

8-9 a.m.                            Arrival Coffee/Networking Zone Open

9-9:45 a.m.                       Metal Cards: Practical Insights on Personalization Methods and Technologies, Ferdinando Filippone, Business Development Executive, IXLA and Mauro Costantini, Product Marketing, IXLA

9:45-10:30 a.m.              Blockchain, NFT & Phygitals in the Card Industry, A Game Changer?, Michael Dorner, Owner & CEO, Variuscard

10:30-11 a.m.                  Break/Networking Zone Open

11-11:45 a.m.                  SPS In Groupe

11:45 a.m.                        Adjourn

12 p.m.                             Lunch


CardTREX North America Schedule at a Glance

November 16-17, 2022

Wednesday, November 16

8-8:30 a.m.                       Breakfast/Networking Zone Open

8:30 a.m.                          Opening Remarks

8:45-9:15 a.m.                 Creating an Environment of Manufacturing Excellence Through Teamwork and Innovation

Panelists: Jeremy Witte, Director of Operations, CPI Card Group; Jim Colleran - R&D and Engineering Director, CPI Card Group; Jim Beatty – VP of Operations, (Personalization Solutions) CPI Card Group

Moderator: Megan Anthony Bogard, ACE-M, Senior Manager, Design, CPI Card Group

9:15-10 a.m.                    The Evolution of Chip Payment Cards, Oliver Manahan, Senior Director, Business Development, Infineon Technologies

10-10:15 a.m.                  Break/Networking Zone

10:15-10:45 a.m.            Speed Share

11 a.m.                              Meyer Cord / SICPA Tour – Bus Departure

11:45 a.m.                        Arrive at Meyer Cord

12-12:45 p.m.                  Lunch & Short Presentation

12:45-2 p.m.                     Tour/Demos

2 p.m.                                Buses Depart

2:45 p.m.                          Break

3:15-4 p.m.                      The Future of the Card Industry: A Guided Discussion

Moderator: Tiffany Milbrandt, Manager of Business Development, Card Source

4-4:30 p.m.                      Break/Networking Zone Open

4:30-5 p.m.                      Enabling Innovative Solutions for Battery-Less Payment Cards, Fabio Romano, Marketing Director, STMicroelectronics

5-6 p.m.                            Networking Reception

6:30 p.m.                          Networking Dinner in Hotel Restaurant

Thursday, November 17

8-8:30 a.m.                       Breakfast/Networking Zone Open

8:30-9:15 a.m.                 Is the Time Right for a Recycled PVC Core?, Robert Forbes, Director of Sales      and Marketing, VinylOne

9:15-10 a.m.                    Payment Brand Personalization Certification, Brian Summerhayes, Managing Director, Barnes International Limited

10-10:30 a.m.                  Break/Networking Zone Open

10:30-11:15 a.m.            TBD

11:15 a.m.                        Adjourn