About CARDTREX North America

ICMA is excited to host our second CardTREX, a regional journey for card education. Formerly known as the ICMA North American Workshop, CardTREX North America offers 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 an ICMA Member, 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?

Yes! We are offering ACE-P (Personalization) training and exam at CardTREX. See the ACE section form more information.

Our Exhibitors

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Join Us!

ICMA is excited to launch CardTREX North America. Formerly known as the ICMA North American Workshop, CardTREX North America will offer enhanced networking and educational opportunities for members of the card manufacturing industry. This leading educational event will feature information pertinent to the North American card market as well as top speakers from the industry.

For over 25 years ICMA has been providing education and networking to the card manufacturing industry and continues that tradition as it hosts CardTREX North America in Richmond, Virginia.

Cardtrex North America schedule

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Day 2
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08:30 AM
Global and North American Card Market Trends

lock-sunlock-nsPresented by: Al Vrancart, ICMA Founder and Industry Advisor

09:15 AM
Card Design within a Secure Manufacturing Environment

lock-sPresented by: Megan Anthony Bogard, CPI Card Group

10:00 AM

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

10:30 AM
Crucial Updates You Need to Know in Card Lamination

lock-sunlock-nsPresented by: Bill Crawford, Klockner Pentaplast

11:00 AM
Speed Share

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

12:15 PM
01:15 PM
Fundamentals about Contactless Technology in ISO Cards


02:00 PM

This is not your typical roundtable discussion! We are shaking things up so you can have enhanced interaction with your peers on topics that matter to you and your region.

03:30 PM
Break/Networking Zone Open

Make sure to visit our exhibitors in the Networking Zone!

04:00 PM
What’s Involved in Personalizing EMV Chip Cards?

lock-sPresented by: Victor Chan, TechTrex

06:00 PM
Off Site Dinner

Join fellow attendees for a night of fun and networking!

08:30 AM
Updates in Personalization Technologies

lock-sunlock-nsDavid Tushie, Magellan Consulting, Inc.

09:15 AM
Challenges and Opportunities in the Gift Card Space

unlock-nsKaren Brooker, ABnote NA

10:00 AM

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

10:30 AM
LED Curing of Offset Printing

lock-sunlock-nsPresented by: Tom DeBartolo, Gans Ink and Hans Ulland, Air Motion Systems

11:15 AM
Embossing – Still Relevant in a Digital World

lock-sunlock-nsJim Cooney, CPS Cards

12:00 PM

CardTREX North American concludes at 12:00pm. Please register today for lasting takeaways.

Select date to see events.

Interested in Exhibiting?

This is not your same tabletop display! This year we're changing things up to give you more exposure. 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.

Last Year's Exhibitors:

  • - Barnes International - EMV Chip, Mobile Test Tools, Mag Stripe Analysers and Consultancy
  • - Oasys Technologies - Card Manufacturing Equipment
  • - Packaging Printing Specialists - Activation Labels, Scratch Off Security Labels
  • - Q-Card - Third Party Card Testing Laboratory and Manufacturer of Test Fixtures and Equipment
  • - SES RFID Solutions GmbH - CR80 Cards with Integrated LED, 240 Micron RFID Inlay with Integrated LED for CR80 Cards
  • - SICPA - Security Inks for Plastic Cards
  • - Sun Chemical - Plastic and Laminated Inks, Coatings and MagTape
  • - Superior Tape & Label - Activation Labels, Attachment and Scratch Off Labels

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 for a contract or for more information. dwebster@icma.com today!

As an Exhibitor, Will I be Making a Presentation?

This year the ICMA team has added 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, 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



2017 Venue

This year's venue is the Omni Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, conveniently located close to the airport.

Book your room by May 22 for the group rate of $169.00.

Call 1-800-THE-OMNI to contact the hotel directly and say you're with the ICMA CardTREX group.

**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 Omni.

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 Accreditation (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. To sign up for this seminar, the cost is $249, please click the link below and apply for the ACE program as a first step. Once your ACE application is approved, you can register for an exam, then the training seminar through the exam registration process.

Training and Exams at CardTREX North America


  • ACE-M Training, Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00-6:00pm
  • ACE-P Training, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 12:00-6:00pm
  • ACE-A Training, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 8:00am-2:00pm


  • ACE-M Exam, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1:00-4:00pm
  • ACE-P Exam, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 8:00-11:00am
  • ACE-A Exam, Friday, June 16, 8:00-11:00am

    For more information and to sign up for the ACE Training and Exams in Richmond, click here  or call 609-799-4900.

  • Countdown to cardtrex north america June 13-14 / Omni Richmond / Richmond, Virginia, USA

    Register for this event

    Registration is Opening Soon!

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

    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!