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Munich Marriott Hotel: Thursday / Friday 12 - 13 October

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As the card manufacturing industry landscape continues to evolve, organizations need to know how to adapt and grow in a competitive marketplace. Card manufacturers have an ongoing commitment to improve their productivity, performance, delivery, quality, compliance, environmental footprint, and customer satisfaction. Understanding the unique solutions other manufacturers develop to universal challenges has never been more important. CardTREX brings together the “who’s who” of card manufacturing executives, plant personnel, cutting-edge technology providers and supplier partners for the International Card Manufacturers Association’s premier event. The one-and-a-half-day conference, which offers networking opportunities and educational presentations on trends, is open to ICMA members and non-members. However, ICMA members receive significant discounts.

We are excited for this year’s CardTREX program, a two-day immersive event at the Munich Marriott Hotel in Munich, Germany from 12-13 October, 2023.

In an effort to maximize technical and production staff participation, ICMA has centralized CardTREX to one location. Suppliers and card industry-related services will now have expanded opportunities to reach a global audience of card manufacturers through exhibits and sponsorships at CardTREX.

On the first day, attendees will be taken off site to Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT for two educational presentations as well as a facility tour. The featured presentations during the facility tour are:

Flexible Hybrid Electronics by Roll-to-Roll at Fraunhofer EMFT
presented by Christof Landesberger, Fraunhofer EMFT will show technical examples of how electronic systems on flexible film substrates can be prepared by roll-to-roll (R2R) processing. 

GreenICT: Research Platform in Germany Toward Greener Electronics
presented by Sabine Scherbaum and Jennifer Goldbrunner, Fraunhofer EMFT. Since last year, the competence center for resource-conscious information and communication technology (Green ICT@FMD) has been available to industrial partners. Under the criterion of resource efficiency, processes of packaging and interconnection technology as well as demonstrators for the modularization of flexible electronics are developed at EMFT. Comparative lifecycle assessments are carried out on metallization processes. Existing processes are examined for resource-saving substitution of materials and processes.

The rest of the program will be a dynamic conversation among experienced and rising card industry leaders on how best to navigate real-world challenges and opportunities as we serve both our companies and clients.

Some critical themes we will explore at this year’s event include:

  • Eco-friendly electronics for cards
  • The evolution of the look and feel of contactless payment cards
  • Recycled PVC
  • The future of inlays for smart cards
  • Biometric sensor cards
  • Increasing user experience during card transactions
  • Perspectives on the supply chain and supplier requirements
  • Plant Efficiencies
  • Card personalization

We look forward to the conversations and the vibrancy of learning from one another at this unique event! Centralizing the event to one location means suppliers and card industry-related services will now have expanded opportunities to reach a global audience of card manufacturers through exhibits and sponsorships at CardTREX.

Stay tuned to for more information about essential technical and production programming at our annual EXPO, which will take place in Orlando, Florida from May 13-16, 2024.