ICMA Announces 2022 Élan Awards of Excellence Winners
The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) recently announced the winners of the prestigious Élan Awards of Excellence, which celebrate the pinnacle of design innovation, security and technical achievements in the global card industry.
Jeffrey Barnhart, ICMA founder and executive director, revealed the winners during a ceremony at ICMA’s Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO in Tampa, Florida on May 17.
“The Élan Awards of Excellence distinguish ICMA card manufacturers, suppliers and personalization/fulfillment members before their peers and customers as industry leaders,” said Barnhart. “An Élan Award showcases a company’s expertise in the global card industry. Winning can also lead a company down multiple paths to success including new business opportunities
and high-profile visibility.”
With entries from North America, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and other areas of the world, the Élan Awards of Excellence competition drives innovation within global card industry.
THE 2022 WINNERS AND FINALISTS ÉLAN AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS ARE:
Best Supplier/Vendor New Product, Service or Innovation
Winner (tie): SPS for the EVC All-In-One by Ellipse, SPS and ABCorp
Winner (tie): Linxens for the Dynamic Security Code PRELAM® for ellipse
Finalist: Linxens for the Jet-Black EMV Module
Best Personalization & Fulfillment (P&F) Product, Service or Project
Winner: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co., Ltd. for the China CITIC Bank American Express Game for Peace Irregular Shaped Card for China CITIC Bank Credit Card Center
Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co. Ltd. for the ICBC Customized Card (Adorable Baby) for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Finalist: Placard Pty Ltd for CommBank Neo for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia
MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards
Winner: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co. Ltd. for the Starbucks Brand History Card for Starbucks
Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co. Ltd. for the Starbucks Cherry Blossom Gift Card for Starbucks
Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the 22TM SVC SEASON MARBLE for Starbucks (China) Company Limited
Best ID and Access Control Cards
Winner: Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited for the New York State Enhanced Identifi cation Card for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Finalist: Hengbao Co. Ltd. for the Wuyi Pass for the Jiangmen Wuyitong Smart Card Co. Ltd.
Finalist: Thales for the Colorado Driver License for the Colorado Department of Revenue
Best Secure Payment Card
Winner: Hengbao Co., Ltd for the China Construction Bank Moon and Stars Platinum Card in the Sunlight Series for China Construction Bank
Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co., Ltd. for the ICBC Kirin Debit Card for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Finalist: Hengbao Co. Ltd. Tianjin-Hebei Integrated Interconnection Private Bank
Debit Card for China Minsheng Bank Co., Ltd. Tianjin Branch
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC Platinum Art Card x Kehinde Wiley for American Express
Unique Innovation Prototype
Winner: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co. Ltd. for the Special-Shaped Chip Card
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for the PointCard Atlas for Point
Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co. Ltd. for the Built-In Holographic Dynamic Nano-Texture
Feature: Metal Cards
Winner: Thales for the Viseca Visa Platinum Metal Card for Viseca
Finalist: CompoSecure LLC for Sapphire Preferred for Chase
Finalist: CPI Card Group for Latitude for Rize
Feature: Environmentally Friendly Cards
Winner: CompoSecure, L.L.C. for Truist Wealth for Truist
Finalist: Goldpac Limited for the Bank of Shanghai Low Carbon Living Card for Bank of Shanghai
Finalist: Goldpac Limited for 22 SR KIT LAMY GREEN & 22 SR KIT LAMY BLACK for Starbucks (China) Company Limited
Feature: Biometric Cards
Winner: IDEMIA for Rocker Touch for Rocker
Winner: Goldpac Limited for the Bank of Guiyang Shuang Ying Men VIP Diamond
Debit Card – Private Banking Card for Bank of Guiyang
Finalist: IDEMIA for the Touch Card for Mastercard
Finalist: Giesecke+Devrient (China) Technologies Co., Ltd. for the Bank of Communications’ National-Charm Credit Card (Water Goddess Edition) for Bank of Communications
Winner: Hengbao Co. Ltd. for the China Construction Bank Moon and Stars Platinum Card in the Sunlight Series for China Construction Bank
Finalist: IDEMIA for the Touch Card for Mastercard
Finalist: CPI Card Group for Reflect for Wells Fargo
Judging encompassed three categories: card suppliers, personalization and fulfillment and card manufacturing. David Tushie, ICMA standards representative, Brian Summerhayes of Barnes International, and Mike Walsh of SICPA SecurInk served as this year’s judges.
The next Élan Awards competition will open in January 2023 and winners will be announced during ICMA’s 2023 Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO. The in-person EXPO will take place from May 15-18, 2023 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida.
To learn more about submitting an entry into next year’s competition, email email@example.com. To learn more about the benefits of ICMA membership, visit ICMA.com.