ICMA Regional Events Focus on Card Industry Innovation

Continuing to meet the educational and networking needs of its members, the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) announced its annual Regional Events. ICMA’s EuroForum will be held October 12-13, 2011 at the Le Meridien Munich in Munich, Germany and its North American Academy Workshop will be held October 26-27, 2011 at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois, USA. New this year, ICMA is holding a one-day Technology Summit on October 25, 2011 in conjunction with its North American Academy Workshop designed for anyone involved in implementing new technology for their companies. 

The EuroForum will focus specifically on Europe’s card industry needs, opportunities and trends while exploring regional strategies and solutions for growing business. Thorsten Roeske, head of innovation and alliances at Giesecke and Devrient, will deliver the event’s keynote speech entitled, “The Evolution of Smart Card Technology in a Mobile World,” which will discuss the evolution of smart card technology and the rise of new security threats. Other sessions will focus on such topics as lamination, EMV, coating solutions, card quality management and printing. The EuroForum will be chaired by Rolf Christ of Klöckner Pentaplast. 

Speakers will discuss visioning for the future and how new technology will change the way those in the card industry do business during ICMA’s first-ever Technology Summit. Zack Martin, Editor at AVISIAN Publications, will deliver the keynote speech entitled, “Emerging Technologies You Can’t Ignore,” where he will discuss how he believes the time is now to start planning for a possibly cardless world. Other session topics include fluorescent nanophosphors, ID documents, card issuance and panel discussions on EMV and NFC. The Technology Summit will be chaired by Barry Mosteller of CPI Card Group. 

At the North American Academy Workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the most important challenges and opportunities facing the North American card industry. The event will feature presentations on topics such as battery powered cards, security, mobile payments and green practices in the card industry. Karen Henk of Versatile Card Technology will chair this event. 

“With emerging technology continuing to be an important factor in the future of card manufacturing, the introduction of the Technology Summit was vital to help educate our members on these areas and how it will affect their businesses,” said Al Vrancart, ICMA Industry Advisor and Founder Emeritus. “The introduction of such programs shows ICMA continues to be the place that members and the industry turn to for education and networking.” 

The members only Workshop and EuroForum are suitable for card manufacturing professionals from around the world including personalizers, issuers, card manufacturers and other industry stakeholders. As in previous years, the events will feature table top displays, which allow suppliers to gain exposure to potential clients, as they can feature company product literature, materials and other information. The Technology Summit is open to all card manufacturing professionals. The sessions will also include a networking dinner, enabling members to interact with each other and exchange ideas. 

To register for ICMA’s Regional Events, or to learn more about becoming a member of the association, visit www.icma.com, contact Lynn McCullough at LMccullough@icma.com or call (609) 799-4900.