ICMA announces 2018 Élan winners

03/04/18

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) has announced the winners of its 2018 Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence.

“New technologies continue to revolutionise the way the card industry does business and it’s exciting to watch how manufacturers, personalisers and suppliers embrace that change and adapt their businesses to respond,” says Jeffrey Barnhart, executive director and founder of ICMA. “ICMA is proud to recognise the companies that have produced the best and most innovative products around the globe over the past year.”

The 2018 winners and finalists were:

Best supplier/vendor new product, service or innovation

  • First finalist: Tianjin Boyuan New Materials for the B5115-MS20 PET Overlay 
  • Second finalist: Covestro for the Makrofol ID4-4 160016 
  • Winner: Otto Künnecke for the Card Kiosk

Best personalisation & fulfillment (P&F) product, service or project

  • First finalist: Bristol ID Technologies for the Wild Waves Theme & Water Park Season Pass manufactured for Legend Data Systems 
  • Second finalist: Goldpac for the 2018 City Series Starbucks Gift Card Gift Set manufactured for Starbucks 
  • Winner: Placard for the Velocity Frequent Flyer Gold Welcome Pack manufactured for the Velocity Frequent Flyer, Loyalty Program of Virgin Australia

MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

ID and access control cards

  • First finalist: Guangdong Chutian Dragon Smart Card for the Huarong Family Card manufactured for Huarong Xiangjiang Bank & Xiangjiang Card Co. 
  • Second finalist: ABCorp for the Republic of Liberia National ID manufactured for Technobrain 
  • Winner: IDEMIA for the California Driver’s License/Identification Card manufactured for the California Department of Motor Vehicles

Loyalty, promotional and gift cards

  • First finalist: Goldpac for the 2018 Filigree My Starbucks Rewards Card manufactured for Starbucks 
  • Second finalist: ABCorp for the McDonalds Board of Directors Gift Card manufactured for McDonalds 
  • Winner: CPI Card Group for the Victoria’s Secret Limited Edition Angel Forever Card manufactured for Alliance Data and Victoria’s Secret

Unique innovation:

  • First finalist: Plasticard-Locktech International for the Faux Glow Ulta Card manufactured for Ulta Beauty 
  • Second finalist: G&D (China) Information Technologies for the Bank of China’s Minions Theme Card manufactured for the Bank of China
  • Winner: CompoSecure for the HSBC Lion manufactured for HSBC

Best secure payment card

  • First finalist: CPI Card Group for the Uber Card manufactured for Barclays 
  • Second finalist: G&D (China) Information Technologies for the Credit Cards with Paintings Themed on the Forbidden City: Yongzheng Emperor Card manufactured for Minsheng Bank
  • Winner: G&D (China) Information Technologies for the ICBC’s Celestial Constellation Credit Card manufactured for ICBC

The people’s choice award, awarded by ballots cast by ICMA EXPO attendees

  • First finalist: CPI Card Group for the Uber Card manufactured for Barclays 
  • Second finalist: CompoSecure for the HSBC Lion manufactured for HSBC 
  • Winner: Goldpac Limited for the 2018 Filigree My Starbucks Rewards Card manufactured for Starbucks

The 2018 judges included ICMA Standards Representative David Tushie of Magellan Consulting; John Schneiderhan of Sun Chemical and Uwe Trüggelmann of TruCert.  

 

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