2018 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 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.

Congratulations to our Manufacturing Excellence Award Winners!

Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards

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Winner: CPI Card Group for the Victoria’s Secret Limited Edition Angel Forever Card manufactured for Alliance Data and Victoria’s Secret

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Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the 2018 Filigree My Starbucks Rewards Card manufactured for Starbucks

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Finalist: ABCorp for the McDonald’s Board of Directors Gift Card manufactured for McDonald’s

ID and Access Control Cards

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Winner: IDEMIA for the California Driver’s License/Identification Card manufactured for the California Department of Motor Vehicles

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Finalist: Guangdong Chutian Dragon Smart Card Co., Ltd for the Huarong Family Card manufactured for Huarong Xiangjiang Bank & Xiangjiang Card Co.

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Finalist: ABCorp for the Republic of Liberia National ID manufactured for Technobrain

Unique Innovation

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Winner: CompoSecure LLC for the HSBC Lion manufactured for HSBC

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Finalist: Plasticard-Locktech International for the Faux Glow Ulta Card manufactured for Ulta Beauty

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Finalist: G+D (China) Information Technologies Co., Ltd for the Bank of China’s Minions Theme Card manufactured for the Bank of China

Best Secure Payment Card, final manufacturing category

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Winner: G+D (China) Information Technologies Co., Ltd for the ICBC’s Celestial Constellation Credit Card manufactured for ICBC

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Finalist: CPI Card Group for the Uber Card manufactured for Barclays

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Finalist: G+D (China) Information Technologies Co., Ltd for the Credit Cards with Paintings Themed on the Forbidden City: Yongzheng Emperor Card manufactured for Minsheng Bank

The People’s Choice Award, based on the ballots as cast by ICMA EXPO delegates

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Winner: Goldpac Limited for the 2018 Filigree My Starbucks Rewards Card manufactured for Starbucks

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Finalist: CPI Card Group for the Uber Card manufactured for Barclays

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Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for the HSBC Lion manufactured for HSBC

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

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Winner: Placard Pty Ltd for the Velocity Frequent Flyer Gold Welcome Pack manufactured for the Velocity Frequent Flyer, Loyalty Program of Virgin Australia

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Finalist: Bristol ID Technologies for the Wild Waves Theme & Water Park Season Pass manufactured for Legend Data Systems, Inc.

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Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the 2018 City Series Starbucks Gift Card Gift Set manufactured for Starbucks

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation

Winner: Otto Künnecke GmbH for the Card Kiosk

Finalist: Tianjin Boyuan New Materials Co., Ltd for the B5115-MS20 PET Overlay

Finalist: Covestro for the Makrofol ID4-4 160016

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