CardTREX Europe 22-23 October 2019

Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

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 included a tour of the Kurz facility in Fuerth, 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. CardTREX Europe continued the tradition of providing impactful card industry education and networking in Nürnberg, Germany. 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.  Thanks to our Chair, Brian Summerhayes, Managing Director, Barnes International, for this unique event.

Cardtrex Europe 2019 schedule

Day 1
Day 2
08:00 - 08:30
Registration/ Networking Zone
09:00 - 09:45
Future of the Card in a Digital World

Jean-Louis Meyer, Entrust Datacard

09:45 - 10:30
Biometric Smart Cards – Ecosystem Momentum to a Mass Market Tipping Point

Art Stewart, IDEX Biometrics

10:30 - 11:00
Speed Share
11:00 - 11:30
Break/ Networking Zone Open
11:30 - 12:15
The Future of Payments!

Peter Stampka, Infineon

12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 14:00
Trusted NFC – When Security Matters

Richard Aufreiter
Director, Product Marketing, Identification Technologies, HID Global

Kurz Facility Tour

The facility tour of Kurz will feature the following:

Demo and application area including:

  • Hot stamping application on paper substrates (poster, packaging)
  • Injection molding and decoration of 3D parts
  • Hologram application on PVC cards
  • Showroom of hot stamping applications

A tour of the production area will include Kurz’s 9-color printing machine as well as their robot handled tooling magazine for roto gravure printing cylinders.

18:00 - 20:00
Offsite Networking Dinner – Sponsored by Kurz
Registration/ Networking Zone
08:45 - 09:30
Sustainable Card Products

Barry Mosteller, CPI Card Group

09:30 - 10:15
Assessing the Environmental Impact in Card Manufacturing

David Tushie, ICMA Standards and Technical Representative

10:15 - 10:45
Break/ Networking Zone Open
10:45 - 11:15
Green Approach for PVC Cards, What’s Really Behind It…

Luca Castellani, Bilcare Research Srl

Select date to see events.

Meet 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 pitched their product and attendees voted on the best product of the event, which was Oasys Technologies. Oasys presented their extensive capabilities for the precise collation of card body and Electronic Identification materials.

Below is a list of exhibitors at this year’s CardTREX Europe:

  • Barnes International – Card and Contactless Device Personalization Test Tools and Systems for Scheme Certification and QC testing.  ISO and CQM test tools for Magnetic Stripe and Contactless/Dual Interface. EMV training and consultancy. P3 Data Preparation Systems.
  • Cardel – Supplier of Lamination Plates, Lamination Pads, Heat Activated Chip Adhesives and Pre-laid Mag Strip on Overlay
  • Graph-Tech USA – TotalMag – Magnetic Encoding System and eZID- RFID Encoding
  • Oasys Technologies – Manufacturer of Card Production Machinery

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.

2019 Exhibitors Include:


2019 Venue: Maritim Hotel Nürnberg

*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 host hotel. ICMA is not utilizing the services of any housing service for the 2019 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. Dates will be announced soon.

Countdown to CardTREX Europe 22-23 October / Nürnberg, Germany

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Register for this event


  • Member Early Rate (on or before 27 September): $545 USD
  • Non-member Early Rate (on or before 27 September): $795 USD
  • Member Regular Rate (on or before 18 October): $595 USD
  • Non-member Regular Rate (on or before 18 October): $895 USD
  • Member Onsite Rate: $645 USD
  • Non-member Onsite Rate: $995 USD