CardTREX Europe 11-12 October, 2018

Hilton Munich Airport, Munich, Germany

The Speakers

  • Michael Dorner, Variuscard GmbH – Going Digital 4.0
    Michael Dorner, Variuscard GmbH – Going Digital 4.0
  • Joerg Fischer, Bundesdruckerei – Biometric Cards
    Joerg Fischer, Bundesdruckerei – Biometric Cards
  • Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx – Printed Electronics
    Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx – Printed Electronics
  • Thomas Decker, Linxens Holding SAS – Powered Cards
    Thomas Decker, Linxens Holding SAS – Powered Cards
  • Peter Stampka, Infineon Technologies – What About nanoGRAM
    Peter Stampka, Infineon Technologies – What About nanoGRAM
  • David Tushie, ICMA – Developing Technologies
    David Tushie, ICMA – Developing Technologies
  • Peter Bach, Muhlbauer – Color Perso Technologies
    Peter Bach, Muhlbauer – Color Perso Technologies
  • Adam Ross, cryptovision – Blockchain Technologies
    Adam Ross, cryptovision – Blockchain Technologies

About CARDTREX Europe

CardTREX Europe is a one-and-a-half day conference that focuses on regional challenges and opportunities for card manufacturers, personalizers and suppliers along with the latest trends, technology and innovations. This event is geared to technical and production staffs as well as executives and business owners in the transaction card industry.

This year’s CardTREX Europe also included a tour of the Mühlbauer facility in Roding, Germany. The event also featured a networking dinner and our signature Networking Zone – exhibit stations that allow industry suppliers an opportunity to display product literature and other information for card manufacturers, giving production / operations personnel who typically attend CardTREX a chance to meet their suppliers.

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.

Yes! ACE training and exams will be available at CardTREX Europe on Wednesday, 10 October. See the ACE section for more information.

Stay connected with CardTrex & ICMA


ICMA is a leading provider of education and networking in the card industry. This year CardTREX Europe continued the tradition of providing impactful card industry education and networking in Munich, Germany. Topics helped attendees with embracing change… from going digital to powered cards to software and developing technologies. ICMA’s CardTREX event is geared toward production, management and expanded personnel who are looking to network with their peers and enjoy a unique learning experience.

This year I am excited to have welcomed you to our member Mühlbauer’s facility for a tour. Their staff took us around the Roding, Germany facility for a behind the scenes look at their evolving technology as well as a visit to their impressive demo area. It was a great interactive learning experience.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Michael Dorner, CEO, Variuscard GmbH

Cardtrex Europe schedule

Day 1
Day 2
08:00 - 08:45
Registration/ Networking Zone
09:00 - 09:30
Going Digital 4.0

Michael Dorner, CEO, Variuscard GmbH

Going from printed plastic to digital 4.0 solutions. Use cases and samples of how to combine the real world card with a digital world solution, and why it’s so important for card manufacturers to finally start programming.

09:30 - 10:00
What About nanoGRAM?

Peter Stampka, Infineon Technologies

Learn about the easy-to-read electronic optical security feature that Infineon plans to introduce in 2019. The certified nanoGRAM security app will work on iOS and Android platform and can serve applications including security documents, passports, electronic ID cards, etc. This technology is based on nano morphological surface physical vapor deposition.

10:00 - 10:30
Break/ Networking Zone Open
10:30 - 11:00
Biometric Cards & Blockchain-Inspired ID Management System

Joerg Fischer, Bundesdruckerei

Privacy and user experience are key factors for successful future ID technologies. This presentation addresses self-sovereign identity concepts, applications, and solutions for biometric authentication.

An identity and right management system will be demonstrated, where the user has the full control over his data. Modified private blockchain technologies with an implemented right to be forgotten enable self-sovereignty and high security. Graphic user interface design based on gamification improves usability significantly. Within this platform biometric cards with an integrated fingerprint sensor allow a very convenient two-factor-authentication for secure login.

11:00 - 11:45
High Secure & Cost Efficient Color Personalization Technologies for ID Documents

Mr. Peter Bach, Muhlbauer

Attendees will learn about:

  • Learn about the evolution of high-resolution color pictures and their security application
  • Combating counterfeiting with revolutionary color picture technologies
  • Liquid coating technology as an advanced feature for the highest durability and protection against document fraud
  • Case studies of color personalization technologies for ID documents
12:00 - 13:00
Bus Departure for Muhlbauer Tour
18:00 - 20:00
Offsite Networking Dinner
Registration/ Networking Zone
08:30 - 09:15
How the Card Manufacturing Industry Can Benefit from Printed Electronics

Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx

An overview of printed electronics technologies and the industry, covering displays, logic, sensors and power, followed by a discussion of the potential opportunities for printed electronics in the smart card industry.

09:15 - 10:00
Table Top Exhibits/ Speed Share
10:00 - 10:30
Break/ Networking Zone Open
10:30 - 11:00
Market Development of Powered Cards

Thomas Decker, Linxens Holding SAS

Powered-Cards, today often also regarded as the “Next Generation of Cards” are leaving the niche they have been in for the past 20 years. Powered cards are based on different technologies and serving different applications. The presentation is giving  an overview about the types of powered cards, its market potential as well as the hurdles still to be overcome on its way to a mainstream product.

11:00 - 11:30
Developing Technologies that May Affect Card Manufacturers

David Tushie, ICMA Standards and Technical Representative

The card manufacturing industry has developed over many years largely around the technologies required to print on PVC plastic and the high temperature platen lamination of card component sheets.  New materials, electronic components, processes and equipment have all been introduced this century to add features, capabilities and durability to the venerable PVC transaction card.  This presentation will provide a survey of some of these more prevalent developments that may affect how cards are manufactured and personalized in the near future.

11:30 - 12:00
Smart Cards Powering Smart Contracts: Bringing the Secure Element to Blockchain Technologies

Adam Ross, Sales Manager– eID solutions, cv cryptovision GmbH

Blockchain technology is currently promoted as the silver bullet for distributed applications of all kinds. Apart from cryptocurrencies, like from Bitcoin and many cryptoassets others, a blockchain can also be used as the framework for smart contracts and other means of attested transactions. This poses and important question for the smart card industry: what role will smart cards or other secure elements play a role in blockchains? At the moment, a user can use a self-issued smart card or other hardware device to store his  private key as a sort of “cold” crypto-wallet, which results in better protection than software wallets or hosted cryptocurreny exchanges. But does it also make sense to use a state-issued eID card for a national cryptocurrency scheme? The answer is clearly yes, as long as we talk about electronic benefit remuneration. A direct crypto-settlement scheme certainly benefits from the fact that value is directly remit to the citizen, and the values are all immutably stored on the blockchain and can be transparently audited and verified by citizen and government alike. This session will introduce blockchains, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and discuss the impact that hardware secure elements can have on these technologies.

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Thank You to Our Exhibitors!

This is not your same tabletop display! Attendees joined exhibitors set up within the Networking Zone during meals and breaks and only these exhibitors had an opportunity to promote their BEST product during our Speed Share session. Exhibitors got to pitch their product and attendees voted on the best product of the event. This year the winner was Shanghai RSID Solutions sharing their smart card making and inspection machines.

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.)

NEW THIS YEAR: With your company’s signed contract for the 2019 EXPO, get $100 off your station whether you do North America, Europe or both! (Note: this is available to members only.)

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

Below is a list of last year’s exhibitors:

  • Anomatic – Manufacturer of anodized aluminum cards
  • Barnes International – Come to Barnes for EMV Smartcard Test Tools, Mag Stripe Analysers & Consultancy for Cards, Devices and Mobile Payment Application QC and Scheme Certification Personalisation Validation;  the world’s most reliable & accurate ISO 7811/CQM Mag-Stripe Analysers. Barnes offers the quickest and most thorough Test Tools available with excellent service and support worldwide.
  • Cardel – Manufacturer of Lamination plates, pads and chip bonding adhesive.
  • Kurz – Hot stamping foils such as holograms, signature foils magnetic foils and machines
  • Oasys Technologies – Card Manufacturing Equipment
  • Shanghai RSID Solutions – Smart card making and inspection machines
  • VFP Ink Technologies – 40 years of experience in development, manufacturing and distribution of screen printing inks and varnishes, we provide superior products worldwide. Our high-tech solutions specifically made for laminated plastic card market: AQUACARD, UVICARD, SOLVCARD & IR BLOCKER are designed to find the best solutions for our customers and to minimize our impact on the environment.

For more information, contact Diane Webster-Sweeney at or call 1-609-799-4900.

Email Diane Webster-Sweeney for a contract or for more information.

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.

2018 Exhibitors Included:


2018 Venue

This year’s venue was the Hilton Munich Airport, conveniently located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the airport.

*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 Hilton. ICMA is not utilizing the services of any housing service for the 2018 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 Designation

(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. At CardTREX Europe, ICMA offered the ACE-A training and exam.

To sign up for this seminar, the cost is $249, please click this link 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.

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Register for this event


  • Member Early Rate (on or before 14 September): $545 USD
  • Non-member Early Rate (on or before 14 September): $750 USD
  • Member Regular Rate (after 14 September): $585 USD
  • Non-member Regular Rate (after 14 September): $825 USD

Thank you for joining us for a tour of ICMA member company Mühlbauer’s facilities.