CardTREX Europe 11-12 October, 2018

Hilton Munich Airport, Munich, Germany

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.

ICMA is excited to be planning our third, newly formatted CardTREX Europe, 11-12 October, at the Hilton Munich Airport. Formerly known as the ICMA EuroForum, CardTREX Europe offers enhanced education and networking, as well as a showcase for exhibitors to share their products and ideas with card manufacturers, personalisers and suppliers. This year’s CardTREX Europe will also include a tour of the Mühlbauer facility in Roding, Germany. As the industry continues to evolve with new and emerging technologies and markets, companies are faced with evaluating their strategies for the future. CardTREX Europe delivers greater education and networking on a regional level.

Our 2018 event also features a networking dinner and our signature Networking Zone – exhibit stations that allow card 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. The event also features a Speed Share session, when exhibitors talk about their products, followed by a vote on the best product in the show. CardTREX Europe is open to ICMA members and non-members.

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


Michael Dorner, CEO, Variuscard GmbH

Cardtrex Europe schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Registration Opens
08:45 - 13:00
Educational Sessions
13:00 - 18:00
Muhlbauer Tour
18:30 - 20:30
Offsite Networking Dinner
Registration Opens
08:45 - 12:00
Educational Sessions
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.)

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:

  • 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

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 Include:


2018 Venue

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

Group rate: €187,00 (includes VAT but does NOT include breakfast, which will be served in the meeting room)

Book your room today by clicking this link or calling +49-89-97820 and refer to the ICMA group.

The cutoff date for the guaranteed rate is 10 September.

*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 will be offering the ACE-A training and exam.

Sign up today for the next ICMA 2018 CardTREX Europe ACE-A exam:

  • Training: 10 October
  • Exam: 12 October

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

ICMA Members: Bring your production team for this 1 1/2 day educational event. Contact ICMA Headquarters to register your group by emailing or calling 1-609-799-4900.

  • 3 registrants – $1,485 ($495/person) early rate (on or before 14 September), $1,605 ($535/person) regular rate (after 14 September) – a savings of $50 per person!
  • 4 registrants – $1,880 ($470/person) early rate (on or before 14 September), $2,040 ($510/person) regular rate (after 14 September) – a savings of $75 per person!

Join us for a tour of ICMA member company Mühlbauer’s facilities.