Thank you for attending ICMA’s Card Manufacturing & Personalization EXPO, with exhibits, education and networking, which took place March 26-29, 2018, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Florida.
Grow professionally and get the essential education you need to excel in the global card industry by attending the next EXPO. There was an abundance of networking opportunities, including the chance to meet top card suppliers, personalizers and manufacturers, with over 70 exhibitors. ICMA EXPO exhibitors are global industry leaders who manufacture and supply materials and services to the card manufacturing and personalization industry.
The EXPO again featured a comprehensive conference program and dedicated exhibition hours, and a number of ICMA members shared their expertise by delivering a presentation at the event.
For the third year in a row, ICMA co-located the EXPO with the Secure Technology Alliance Payments Summit. Secure Technology Alliance is an international, multi-industry association working to stimulate adoption of smart card and advanced payment technology. The EXPO also co-located this year with the U.S. Payments Forum All Members Meeting.
The co-located events included educational tracks on trends for card manufacturers and personalizers as well as emerging payment applications and new technologies for mobile and transportation payments. “With the future in mind, our card industry members had diverse, contemporary, and unique opportunities to explore in Orlando,” said Jeffrey Barnhart, executive director and founder of ICMA. Barnhart continued, “As always, attendees were invited to educate, learn and network while gaining valuable insight on trends and new technologies in security and payments, as well as market forecasts.”
There’s a lot of competition in the card manufacturing and personalization/fulfillment industry, but the ACE-M, ACE-P and ACE-A designations will set you apart. It’s awarded to people with a broad and detailed knowledge of the industry who successfully complete a rigorous exam. As the demand for experts grows, continual training and expertise are crucial for individuals – and companies – to stay ahead of the pack.
Here’s what some of our members have to say about their experience at the ICMA EXPO:
I come to these events because the education you get from the speakers is excellent. Visiting the exhibitors you see the latest technology and this year we have a large number of exhibitors including a lot of equipment, which is really interesting to see.
I gain a lot of knowledge by working with vendors [at ICMA’s events] as well as the unique opportunity to talk with a lot of the other manufacturers, so we are very friendly competitors I would say. Everyone who goes to the trouble of setting up a booth, I want to know what they are doing and why they are here.
It’s nice to speak to so many who have the same common interest. I’ve learned a lot about cards, lots of different aspects I never knew about.