CardTREX North America September 25-26, 2019

Marriott Newport News City Center

About CARDTREX North America

CardTREX North America 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 card industry. As the industry continues to evolve with new and emerging technologies and markets, companies are faced with evaluating their strategies for the future. CardTREX North America delivers greater education and networking on a regional level.

Our 2019 event was on September 25-26, 2019, and included a tour of Muhlbauer and also featured a networking dinner and our signature Networking Zone – exhibit stations allowed 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 featured a Speed Share session, where exhibitors talk about their products, followed by a vote on the best product of the show.

CardTREX North America is 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.

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! We are offering ACE-M (Manufacturing), ACE-P (Personalization) and ACE-A (Advanced Technologies) training and exams at CardTREX. See the ACE section for more information.

Stay connected with CardTrex & ICMA

Experience. Learn. Connect.

ICMA is the leading provider of education and networking in the card manufacturing industry. CardTREX North America continued with the tradition of providing leading card industry education and networking in Newport News, Virginia. ICMA’s CardTREX event is designed for technical and card production staff who are looking to elevate and empower themselves and their company through a unique learning experience.

Cardtrex North America 2019 schedule

Day 1
Day 2
07:30 - 08:30
Registration/ Networking Zone Opens
08:45 - 09:30
Methods to Reliably Test 100% ATS

Alexander Bauer, Software Engineer, Mühlbauer

09:30 - 10:00
Color Core Considerations

Tom Mucenski, Klöckner Pentaplast

10:00 - 10:45
Speed Share
10:45 - 11:15
Break/ Networking Zone Open
11:15 - 12:00
Dual Interface Trends

Megan Bogard, CPI Card Group

12:00 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:30

ICMA’s Transact session is an open roundtable discussion with all of the meetings attendees. Join us for this engaging, interactive session.

13:30 - 14:15
Manufacturing Challenges in Dual Interface Cards

Kyle Christianssen, CPI Card Group

Mühlbauer Facility Tour

The facility tour of Mühlbauer will include the following:

  • Live Demonstration of Mühlbauer’s Industry 4.0 enabled Smart Factory Competence Center
  • Introduction of the company’s automated production & personalization solutions for Semiconductors, RFID Inlays, Smart Card & ePassports and Vision Technology
  • Presentations on the latest developments in Card Production & Personalization
Please note: Competitors of Mühlbauer entry to the tour are subject to approval by the company and may not be allowed on the full tour.
Oktoberfest Dinner at Mühlbauer
Registration/ Networking Zone Opens
08:30 - 09:15
Digital Printing Market Sales and Capabilities

James Gargus, HP

09:15 - 09:45
Break/Networking Zone Open
09:45 - 10:30
High Speed Ink Jet Printing Panel Discussion
10:30 - 11:15
Assessing the Environmental Impact in Card Manufacturing

David Tushie, ICMA Standards and Technical Representative

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Meet Our Exhibitors

Again this year, we will be doing 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

Marriott Newport News City Center

*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 an 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.

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 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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  • Member Early Rate (extended to September 5): $545 USD
  • Non-member Early Rate (extended to September 5): $795 USD
  • Member Regular Rate (on or before September 20): $595 USD
  • Non-member Regular Rate (on or before September 20): $895 USD
  • Member Onsite Rate: $645 USD
  • Non-member Onsite Rate: $995 USD

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