2020 Élan Award Winners

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The Élan Awards have their rewards … Do your cards deserve recognition?

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: Goldpac Limited for the 2019 Siren Series SR Kits for Starbucks (China) Company Limited

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Finalist: Valid (USA) for the Walmart U.S. Happy Holiday Snow Globe Card for First Data Corp. (FDC)

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Finalist: Valid (USA) for the Target Just Married Card for Stored Value Solutions (SVS)/Target

ID and Access Control Cards

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Winner: Thales for the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) Driver License

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Finalist: Hengbao Co, Ltd for the Lingyuntong Anniversary Card for Yunfu Lingyunyi Card Technology Co, Ltd

Unique Innovation

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Winner: Thales for the American Express Green Reclaimed Ocean Plastic Card for American Express

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Finalist: PLI Card Marketing Solutions for the Sustainable Macy’s Star EcoFoil Card for Macy’s

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Finalist: Wuhan Tianyu Information Industry Co., Ltd for the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, We Dream All the Way Card for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

Best Secure Payment Card

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Winner: CPI Card Group for the BMW Debit Card for US Bank/BMW

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Finalist: CPI Card Group for the RCI Ocean EMV Card for Barclay’s/RCI

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Finalist: G+D Mobile Security GmbH for the Fingerprint Card for CRÉDIT AGRICOLE

Best Secure Metal Payment Card

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Winner: CPI Card Group for PSCU Corporate Card for PSCU

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Finalist: CompoSecure L.L.C. for the Morgan Stanley Premier CashPlus Debit MasterCard for Morgan Stanley

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Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co., LTD for the Infinite Visa Credit Card of China CITIC Bank for China CITIC Bank

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

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Winner: CPI Card Group for the Oxygen Debit Card Package for Oxygen Bank

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Finalist: Burgopak for the Xinja Debit Card Mastercard Packaging Design

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Finalist: PLI Card Marketing Solutions for the Popcorn Card n’ Carrier for Cinemark

Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation

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Winner: Mühlbauer Inc. for their MB ALFRESCO® Protec (liquid coating)

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Finalist: Liveo Research Srl for NATURKIND (100% recycled PVC core and overlay) made for Melia Jardines Del Teide

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Finalist: Covestro LLC for their Platilon® F – Card (made with novel core material leveraging thermoplastic polyurethane foam for facilitating the embedding of electronic components in a safe and durable way)

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