• 5-6 October, 2017 See Agenda Below

  • Milan, Italy Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel

  • Contact ICMA Email us at info@icma.com or go to www.icma.com.

About CARDTREX Europe

ICMA is excited host our second CardTREX Europe event, a regional journey for card education. Formerly known as the ICMA EuroForum, CardTREX Europe will offer enhanced education and networking. As the industry continues to evolve with new and emerging technologies, rising markets and more, each company and individual is faced with evaluating their strategy for their journey. CardTREX delivers greater education and networking to support you as you continue the trek.

Presented By ICMA

I’m Not a Member of ICMA, Can I Still Attend?

CardTREX events are open to ICMA members and non members, however ICMA members receive significant discounts. Non members are encouraged to attend to see what ICMA events have to offer. See the Registration area to see related fees.

Will There be ACE Card Training & Exams at CardTREX?

Sorry, at this time we are no longer offering ACE training and exams at CardTREX. Please sign up for the next opportunity at our 2018 EXPO, March 26-29 in Orlando, Florida.

Our Exhibitors


Stay connected with CardTrex & ICMA

Chairman welcome letter

Join Us!

For over 25 years ICMA has been providing education, innovation and networking to the card manufacturing industry and continues that tradition as it launches CardTREX Europe. Formerly known as the ICMA EuroForum, CardTREX Europe will offer the same great education and networking you have come to expect from ICMA but will feature enhanced networking and educational opportunities for members of the card manufacturing industry.

It is my honor to chair CardTREX Europe being held 5-6 October at the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel. I encourage you to register and join me for this informative event.

Brian Summerhayes
Barnes International

Cardtrex Europe schedule

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08:30 AM
Strategies for Card Manufacturers

Eva Sophie Wiesmüller, Power2Progress

10:30 AM

Make sure to visit ICMA’s Networking Zone for the latest in card manufacturing materials, equipment and more.

11:00 AM
Advantages of DBond Technology & Thin Prelams

Presented by Edith Dangeard, Senior Business Development Manager – HID Global, Identification Technologies

11:30 AM
Updates in Personalisation Technologies

David Tushie, ICMA Standards and Technical Representative

12:30 PM
01:30 PM
Innovative Technologies for the Highest Product Security in Card and Passport Production

Presented by: Christoph Zozgornik-Husmann, Chief Security Officer, VTT GmbH

This presentation will showcase the improved use of cassette and pin systems, best practices in lamination plates and innovative technologies for security features in card and passport production.

02:15 PM
Alternative Materials for Travel Documents

Presented by Pietro Parmeggiani, Managing Director, Bilcare Research

For many years the choice of materials for documents has been limited with typical consequences of a finite offer; restricted output, asymmetric information and product inefficiency. The polymer science and manufacturing technology can turn the design and construction of advanced and secure travel documents but this can be done only with a different approach and solid vision.

03:30 PM
Bus Departure for Bilcare Research
04:30 PM
Bilcare Research Facility Tour
07:00 PM
Off Site Dinner

Join fellow attendees and experience the culture and cuisine of Italy in the Lake region!

08:30 AM
PCI Security Updates

Jeremy King, PCI Security Standards Council

Jeremy will present an update on the latest PCI Security standards as they relate to card production and personalisation. He will also present an update on some of the new technologies being used in the payments space and how PCI are working to ensure ongoing security of the cardholder data.

09:15 AM
Speed Share

Manufacturers will have the chance to hear about our Exhibitors’ latest and best products in this fast moving Speed Share session.

10:00 AM

Make sure to visit ICMA’s Networking Zone for the latest in card manufacturing materials, equipment and more.

10:30 AM
Card Design Trends within the European Market

Jennifer Chambers, Design Director, CPI Card Group

11:00 AM
The Rise of Biometric Cards: State of the Art and Future Challenges for Card Manufacturers

Antonio D’Albore, Embedded Security News

The session will focus on latest developments of biometric smart cards: what is a biometric smart card, business scenarios, key market players, application scenarios, manufacturing challenges, opportunities for card manufacturers.

12:00 PM

CardTREX Europe ends at 12:00pm on 6 October. Make sure to join us for lasting takeaways!

12:00 PM
Select date to see events.

Interested in Exhibiting?

This is not your same tabletop display! Attendees will join exhibitors set up within the Networking Zone during meals and breaks and only these exhibitors will have an opportunity to promote their BEST product during our Speed Share session. You'll get to pitch your product and attendees will vote on the best product of the event.

Exhibit Fees:

Members: $975 includes an exhibit station in the Networking Zone as well as one attendee registration. Exhibit at both CardTREX events for a savings: $875 per event (Note: this 2-event discount is available to members only.)

Non-Members: $1,200 which includes the same offering for each event.

Join the following exhibitors:

  • - Barnes International - EMV Chip, Mobile Test Tools, Mag Stripe Analysers and Consultancy
  • - Graph-Tech USA - Inkjet Printer Manufacturer/Digital Inkjet Specialists
  • - Oasys Technologies - Card Manufacturing Equipment
  • - SES RFID Solutions - UHF Wire Tags, CR80 Cards with LED, Thin and Flat Inlays
  • - VFP Ink Technologies - IR Blocking Ink
  • For more information, contact Diane Webster-Sweeney at dwebster@icma.com or call 1-609-799-4900.

    Become an exhibitor

Who Do I Contact to Exhibit?

Email Diane Webster-Sweeney dwebster@icma.com for a contract or for more information.

As an Exhibitor, Will I be Making a Presentation?

Exhibitors will participate in a Speed Share session where you’ll be showcasing your best product to all attendees in a quick presentation about your product at your exhibit table, to be voted on by all attendees! Once you are signed up as an Exhibitor, we will fill you in on all of the details.

Our Exhibitors



Book Your Hotel Room Today!

This year's venue is at the the Sheraton Milan Malpensa Airport Hotel, located in the arrivals area of Terminal 1 of the Malpensa airport, just 30 km away from the new fairground of Milan in Rho/Pero and only a 29 minutes train ride away by the Malpensa Express from Milan city center.

Book your room by 20 September for the guaranteed rate of €135,00 (single occupancy)/€155,00 (double occupancy) plus VAT taxes. The website shows the rate including these taxes. This rate includes a buffet breakfast. Welcome coffee and light pastry will be served in the meeting room.

Click here to book your room online.

Or call the hotel at (39)(02) 23351 and be sure to mention you are with the International Card Manufacturers Association group for discounted pricing.

**CardTrex Attendees and Exhibitors:

ICMA Attendees and Exhibitors:

Beware of solicitation from unauthorized hotels and housing agencies. Attendees and exhibitors may be subjected to inappropriate solicitation identifying themselves from hotels or third-party housing agencies not affiliated with ICMA.

Specifically, they will offer to make hotel reservations within the Association's room block on your behalf, and some will also mis-represent that they are calling from the Sheraton Malpensa.

ICMA is not utilizing the services of any housing service for the 2017 CardTREX events.

Reservations for ICMA should be made directly with the hotel through the web link or phone number listed on this website.


Advance Your Career and Your Company's Reputation with ACE
(ACE training and exams are available to ICMA members only.)

There's a lot of competition in the card manufacturing and personalization/fulfillment industry, but the ACE-M (Manufacturing), ACE-P (Personalization), and ACE-A (Advanced Technologies) 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.

ICMA Standards Representative, David Tushie, guides you through your questions about the ACE exams and the manuals they are based upon. Through this intensive card training, ACE enrollees have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session to learn the best way to prepare and feel ready for the exam. David will go into details of the manual to ensure you are familiar with the wide variety of subject matters covered.

Please note: ACE-M training and exam have been cancelled at CardTREX Europe

For more information and to sign up for ACE training and exams at our 2018 EXPO in Orlando, Florida, or for private group training and exams, click here  or call 609-799-4900.

Countdown to cardtrex Europe

Register for this event

Registration is Open! Click here to register today! 

Registration fees:
- Register after September 15, 2017: $825 regular rate, Members receive 30% discount at $575!

**Please note: The facility tour of Bilcare Research is available to ALL ICMA MEMBERS.

Bring your production team for this 1 1/2 day educational event. Join us for a tour of ICMA member company Bilcare Research's facilities.

Group Discounted Pricing (available to ICMA members only):
Bring your team for this 1 1/2 day educational event. Contact ICMA Headquarters at info@icma.com to register 3 or more people for CardTREX Europe.

3 registrants - $1,425 ($475/person) early rate, $1,575 ($525/person) regular rate – a savings of $50 per person!
4 registrants - $1,800 ($450/person) early rate, $2,000 ($500/person) regular rate – a savings of $75 per person!

Cancellations received by 15 September, 2017 are eligible for a 50% refund. No refund on cancellations received after 29 September, 2017.