The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global non-profit association for card manufacturers, personalizers and service providers, recognized four winners and eight finalists for Outstanding Card Design and Technical Achievement at the Fifth Annual Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence, on Friday, November 9, 2001 at ICMA Headquarters, Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

The judges were ICMA associate member Bill Blickensderfer of Kappus Plastic Company, Inc. (Hampton, NJ), a leading manufacturer of calendered rigid vinyl; Meike Krueger of CeBIT (Hannover, Germany), the world’s largest information technology trade fair; and Kathryn Quinn of Hannover Fairs USA (Princeton, NJ), which is organizing the USA Security & Card Technology Pavilion, a cost-effective turnkey group exhibit. Each entry was selected in a blind competition, unidentified by company.

One winner and two finalists were chosen in each of the four following award categories:

Best Non-Secure Card Design
Winner: Nordstrom Coffee Bean Card
Customer for Card: Nordstrom
Manufacturer Entrant: QualTeq, Inc.
Location: South Plainfield, NJ, USA

Finalist: Rivercard Grand Opening 2001 Card
Customer for Card: Siena Hotel Spa Casino
Manufacturer Entrant: JET Lithocard
Location: Downers Grove, IL, USA

Finalist: Ticket Card for AFC System
Customer for Card: Guangzhou Public Utilities Administration Bureau
Manufacturer Entrant: Beijing AeroSpace Golden Card Electronic Engineering Co. Ltd.
Location: Beijing, China

Best Secure Card Design

Winner: President’s Choice MasterCard®
Customer for Card: Credit Union Electronic Transaction Services
Manufacturer Entrant: Giesecke & Devrient, Canada
Location: Markham, ON, Canada

Finalist: Barclaycard Gold MasterCard®
Customer for Card: Barclays Bank
Manufacturer Entrant: ID Data plc
Location: Corby, Northamptonshire, UK
Finalist: Gymnastics Canada MasterCard®
Customer for Card: Bank of Montreal
Manufacturer Entrant: Giesecke & Devrient, Canada
Location: Markham, ON, Canada

Best Phone Card Design

Winner: Hacelia Attenuata
Customer for Card: Croation Telecomm
Manufacturer Entrant: Marimpex
Location: Rakov Potok, Zagreb, Croatia

Finalist: Maligne Lake
Customer for Card: RSL COM
Manufacturer Entrant: Keystone Manufacturing (Plastics) Ltd.
Location: Scarborough, ON, Canada

Finalist: SBC Calling Card
Customer for Card: SBC Long Distance
Manufacturer Entrant: Versatile Card Technology, Inc.
Location: Downers Grove, IL, USA

Technical Achievement

Winner: CD SIM Promotional Card
Customer for Card: ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH
Manufacturer Entrant: ORGA Kartensysteme GmbH
Location: Flintbek, Germany

Finalist: Lane Bryant Credit Card
Customer for Card: Lane Bryant
Manufacturer Entrant: QualTeq, Inc.
Location: South Plainfield, NJ, USA
Finalist: SKL Super-Privileg-Card
Customer for Card: VCT Germany GmbH
Manufacturer Entrant: Versatile Card Technology, Inc.
Location: Downers Grove, IL, USA

“These prestigious, global awards represent the pinnacle of card manufacturing achievement in four different areas,” said Jeffrey E. Barnhart, executive director of ICMA. “The Élan Awards are a great way to recognize the innovative leaders in this growing industry.”

For information on becoming a member of ICMA, contact Lynn McCullough at (609) 799-4900; e-mail lmccullough@icma.com or visit the ICMA web site at http://www.icma.com.

About ICMA

Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, ICMA is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers and related industry participants. With more than 220 members globally, the ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards.



SureFire Commerce (U.K.) Ltd., a
subsidiary of Montreal-based SureFire Commerce Inc., and Intuit UK
announced the launch of the QuickBooks UK Credit Card Service, enabling
small businesses in the U.K. and Ireland to process credit card payments as
well as send and settle invoices by email in pounds sterling and euros. This
launch extends the successful Canadian collaboration of SureFire Commerce and
Intuit Canada on QuickBooks 2001, Quicken 2002 Home & Business, and now
QuickBooks 2002.

“SureFire Commerce has developed an outstanding relationship with Intuit
Canada and we expect to have the same success with Intuit UK,” said Rory
Olson, President and CEO of SureFire Commerce Inc. “Our payment solutions are
breaking down the technological and administrative barriers that once would
have prevented small businesses from acquiring a payment method that greatly
facilitates sales and helps them get paid faster. We believe this added value
helps make the solutions of Intuit UK and Intuit Canada a distinct and
compelling choice for small businesses.”

The QuickBooks Credit Card Service enables small businesses to accept
VISA, MasterCard, and FirePay payments online, in person, by telephone, or by
mail without the need for credit card swipe terminals, a dedicated telephone
line, or lengthy applications with multiple credit card issuers. FirePay is an
electronic payment account that consumers can securely fund from a variety of
sources and use to buy online without having to divulge sensitive credit card

The QuickBooks UK Credit Card Service features SureFire Commerce’s Bill
Presentment and Payment solution as well as SureFire Commerce’s new multi-
currency capability. The Bill Presentment and Payment solution empowers
merchants to send invoices by email with only a few keystrokes and allows
their customers to make payments online without having to write a cheque or
mail an envelope. With SureFire Commerce’s multi-currency capability, U.K. and
Irish merchants can accept and settle payments in pounds sterling and the
euro, free of foreign-exchange risk.

SureFire and Intuit Canada Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

The launch of the QuickBooks UK Credit Card Service also coincides with
the launch of QuickBooks 2002 in Canada, marking one year of collaboration
between Intuit Canada and SureFire Commerce Inc. QuickBooks users are now
collectively processing more than $1 million in gross transactions per month.
The great majority of QuickBooks Credit Card Service users are professionals,
such as accountants, lawyers, and dentists, but user profiles also diverge
into areas such as wholesalers, retailers, Internet service providers, and Web

“The QuickBooks Credit Card Service is very popular and has helped
strengthen QuickBooks’ competitive position in the Canadian market,” said
Stephen Lee, Managing Director of Intuit UK. “We believe the QuickBooks Credit
Card Service will also be a valuable tool for UK merchants looking to save
money, get paid faster and to offer a broader range of options to their

“Intuit’s goal is to revolutionize the way small businesses do business,
and we believe SureFire Commerce’s technology is a great asset in this
regard,” Lee said. “SureFire’s payment technology has been hugely popular with
our Canadian small business clients. We’re anxious to extend that to small
business owners in the U.K.”

About Intuit Canada

Intuit Canada Limited is headquartered in Edmonton and has offices in
Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. The company is a leading developer of finance
and business management solutions, including personal finance management,
business management and accounting, and tax preparation software, as well as
Web-based services. Intuit’s products and services include Quicken(R),
http://www.quicken.ca, QuickBooks(R), QuickTax(TM),
ImpôtRapide(R), and QuickWealth
Planner(TM). Through Intuit GreenPoint, the company offers ProFile(TM),
professional tax preparation software, and ProFile FP(TM) professional
financial planning software. Together, Intuit Canada and Intuit GreenPoint
enable individuals, small businesses, and financial professionals to better
manage their financial lives and businesses. Visit Intuit Canada Limited at
http://www.intuit.com/canada and Intuit GreenPoint at

About SureFire Commerce Inc.

SureFire Commerce Inc. is a global provider of secure online payment
solutions and e-commerce support, processing over $1.2 billion of online
transactions annually. The Company specializes in payment solutions in three
core areas: Internet payment processing for online merchants, bill presentment
and payment processing for physical businesses, and corporate billing
solutions. SureFire Commerce’s online payment solutions are marketed to
consumers and merchants through strategic partnership agreements with
companies that have significant brand recognition and distribution channels.
SureFire Commerce is headquartered in Montreal (Quebec) with offices in Hull
(Quebec) and London (England).


Beetle Goes XP

Wincor Nixdorf Inc., the leader in the delivery of open systems solutions to the retail and banking industries, today announced that it is among the first POS hardware manufacturers to offer a solution based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP Embedded operating system.

The announcement was made today at Microsoft’s second annual Windows Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas, where Wincor Nixdorf demonstrated a range of BEETLE POS systems powered by the new operating system.

Wincor Nixdorf with its BEETLE family is part of the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded Rapid Development Program (RDP), where it has already proven its abilities to run the Windows XP Embedded operating system. Wincor Nixdorf’s engagement at this early stage ensures the company’s technological leadership and compatibility with Microsoft Windows Embedded-based technologies.

The combination of Windows XP Embedded and the BEETLE POS systems gives retailers the benefits of a secure, stable operating system that is ideal for deployment on the BEETLE’s thin-client architecture. Wincor Nixdorf will work with retailers to tailor Windows XP Embedded solutions to their exact requirements, building in the desired functionality and applications to create a locked-down environment that delivers reliable performance. Windows XP Embedded features a 32-bit computing architecture and a fully protected memory model. It enables faster time to market with rich end-to-end development tools that streamline OS customization and application development, for fast adaptation to retail environments.

“Wincor Nixdorf is excited to be a leader in bringing Windows XP Embedded solutions to retailers,” said Jeff Soisson, president and CEO of Wincor Nixdorf USA. “Microsoft has demonstrated a strong commitment to the retail market with Windows XP Embedded. The new operating system leverages the flexible architecture of our thin-client BEETLE POS systems and will enable Wincor Nixdorf to deliver very cost-effective solutions based on Windows XP Embedded.”

“In developing Windows XP Embedded, we wanted to ensure that the operating system would meet the unique needs of the retail industry,” said Jim Allchin, group vice-president of Platforms at Microsoft Corp. “Wincor Nixdorf’s BEETLE POS systems prove that Windows XP Embedded is ready to meet these requirements and can deliver key benefits such as lower cost of ownership to their retail customers.”

Windows XP Embedded: Designed for Demanding Retail Environments

Integrated into Windows XP Embedded is a complete collection of mission-critical technologies that anticipate and address the unique demands of the retail environment. These include:

— Fast OS customization and build process through Target Designer and Component Designer tools.

— USB support enables “plug-and-play” installation of peripheral devices such as printers and scanners.

— Smart card support integrates smart card capabilities into the operating system, including support for smart card log-on to terminal server sessions.

— Compact PCI support through the PCICMG HS-CSR standard; Windows XP Embedded ships with several Compact PCI network adapters.

— Dual monitor display capability eliminates the need to write custom software to enable deployment of monitors for both checkers and customers at POS stations.

— Windows Media Player 8 enables streaming audio and video at the point of sale, creating enhanced merchandising and advertising opportunities.

— Improved boot and storage options including nonvolatile R/W storage devices such as Flash ROM and Magnetic Disk; nonvolatile R/O storage devices such as ROM and CD-ROM; and DiskOnChip Flash, ATA and Compact Flash.

— Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) allows the BEETLE to communicate with a terminal server across a LAN, WAN, or by means of a dial-up, ISDN, DSL or VPN connection. — Wireless LAN support with zero configuration capabilities, enabling seamless roaming between different networks.

— Remote GUI desktop with terminal services allows remote GUI management of an embedded system.

— Small memory footprint enables a POS platform configuration as small as 32 MB of RAM.

The BEETLE Family of POS Systems

Wincor Nixdorf’s BEETLE family of POS systems addresses the complete spectrum of customer touch points in the retail store environment. With solutions that encompass thin-client POS terminals, lean-and thick-client POS systems, kiosks, lottery terminals, and mobile POS devices, the BEETLE family is the industry’s most comprehensive POS product line. An open design supporting commonality of components across the entire BEETLE family substantially simplifies software deployment and hardware maintenance, keeping costs down and productivity high. More than just PCs, BEETLE systems are rugged, designed to withstand the rigors of retail environments. All systems include standard retail interfaces, accept a wide range of peripherals, and are compliant with established retail software standards. The BEETLE family offers retailers a choice of operating systems as well as the most expansive and complete set of JavaPOS(tm) and OPOS drivers for POS peripherals.

About Wincor Nixdorf

Worldwide, Wincor Nixdorf Inc. is one of the fastest growing providers of IT products and solutions for the retail and banking industries. Wincor Nixdorf’s offerings include hardware, application software, professional services and a complete range of service programs including on-site support, depot service and Advanced Exchange. Wincor Nixdorf is the world’s third largest provider of POS systems and automated teller machines. Employing more than 4,000 people, Wincor Nixdorf operates in 40 countries with manufacturing plants in Germany and Singapore. North American headquarters are in Austin, Texas, and Boston, Mass. For more information, visit .



hyperWALLET Systems Inc. announced
today that it has entered into an agreement with eBay.ca, Canada’s leading
online trading community, to offer enhanced payment services to eBay users in

hyperWALLET will offer eBay traders payment services including
invoicing and cash or credit card payments. hyperWALLET, a cash-based
payment solution for online purchases and email funds transfer, will also
enable traders to convert currency online and to complete their payments in
either Canadian or US dollars. In addition to hyperWALLET’s existing online
cash payment services, the company has partnered with Beanstream Internet
Commerce Inc. to allow hyperWALLET customers to complete eBay auction
transactions with Visa or MasterCard.

“hyperWALLET represents a significant addition to our online trading
community,” says Lorna Borenstein, general manager, eBay.ca. “eBay Canada
users have been asking for increased flexibility in how they make or receive
payments for auction transactions. hyperWALLET now allows our Canadian
traders to pay in either Canadian or US dollars, using cash or credit card.
This will mean lower costs and faster completion of our traders’

“eBay.ca is the ideal online environment for using a hyperWallet,” stated
Victor Jones, President of hyperWALLET Systems Inc. “This launch of our
proprietary online auction service gives eBay.ca users access to a secure
online payment system tailored to their needs. The hyperWALLET auction
service opens the eBay.ca world to many new buyers with its dual currency and
convenience to select cash or credit card payment at the time of a winning

eBay traders can link directly to
http://www.hyperwallet.com from
eBay.ca, and easily sign up for a hyperWALLET(TM), issue an auction invoice,
and make a payment with cash or with their Visa or MasterCard.

About hyperWALLET(TM)

hyperWALLET(TM) is Canada’s only cash-based payment solution for online
purchases and email funds transfer. Designed for use by businesses,
organizations and individuals who wish to transact online, hyperWALLET(TM)
makes it possible for users to purchase merchandise online, convert currency
and email cash to friends, family or businesses. The system allows users to
securely transfer funds to their hyperWALLET(TM) from most banks and credit
unions, without reference to a credit card.

hyperWALLET(TM) is the online payment service operated by hyperWALLET
Systems Inc., a Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. Using hub
architecture the Company securely links to the payments system in Canada and
provides payout of funds to any financial institution in North America.


Fiserv Renews Conseco

Fiserv, Inc. announced that it has renewed its contract with top-four private label credit card issuer Conseco Finance Corp. to provide the Fiserv PLUS System credit processing solution. Conseco Finance signed the five-year contract with Fiserv after conducting an extensive review process in which flexibility and speed to market were key considerations.

Since entering the private label credit business in 1996, Conseco Finance has earned a reputation among its customers for developing and quickly executing innovative marketing promotions that grow sales. “Successful retailers are impatient by nature,” explained Todd Woodard, Conseco Finance’s President of Retail Credit. “We needed a processing solution that would allow us to keep pace with their dynamic business cycle.” According to Woodard, Conseco Finance chose Fiserv because of its partnership approach to credit card processing. “We weren’t looking for a cafeteria-style, this-is-what-you-get kind of solution,” he said. Conseco Finance has processed with Fiserv since getting into the private label business, as Green Tree Financial Corporation, five years ago.

“Fiserv was willing to establish a dedicated team to work with us on efficient ways to handle our business,” Woodard said. “They’ve also made an effort to understand what we want to accomplish in the private label market, so their solutions are on target. That’s the difference between a vendor and a partner.”

“We are delighted that Conseco Finance wants to continue its partnership with Fiserv,” said Max Narro, Vice President of Fiserv Credit Processing Services. “Conseco Finance is an innovative, fast-growing company. By providing them with a flexible, reliable and scaleable back-office solution, Fiserv enables Conseco Finance to do what they do best – carry out creative marketing plans and provide excellent customer service.” The PLUS System is not the only Fiserv product used by Conseco Finance. The company also employs the Fiserv UniFi PRO system for loan origination and receives plastic card personalization and fulfillment from Personix. The powerful mix of Fiserv core systems and information processing experience, complemented with VisionPLUS?, the industry’s leading credit processing software, provide Conseco with a unique, affordable solution for an increasingl y competitive marketplace. The Fiserv PLUS system enables Conseco to outsource its processing services without sacrificing customer relationships or its bottom line.

“We are confident we can provide Conseco with a value-added processing solution to secure and sustain Conseco’s competitive advantage in a rapidly changing and exciting marketplace,” Narro said. “We specialize in enabling organizations to aggressively grow market share in competitive markets. Fiserv is committed to bringing this value proposition to Conseco for the privilege of earning its business.” Conseco Finance Corp., with managed assets of $48 billion, is one of America’s largest finance companies and a leader in the home equity, home improvement, manufactured housing and private label credit card businesses. Conseco Finance is a subsidiary of Conseco, Inc. (NYSE: CNC), headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. To learn more about Conseco, visit [www.conseco.com][1].

The PLUS System unites decades of Fiserv information-processing expertise with VisionPLUS® – the industry’s leading credit-processing software. This powerful mix of service and software provides a state-of-the-art foundation upon which businesses can build innovative private-label, revolving, bankcard and installment credit programs.

Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) is an independent, full-service provider of integrated data processing and information management systems to the financial industry. As a leading technology resource, Fiserv serves more than 10,000 financial-service providers worldwide, including banks, broker-dealers, credit unions, financial planners/investment advisers, insurance agents and companies, mortgage banks and savings institutions. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv can also be found on the Internet at [www.fiserv.com][2].

[1]: http://www.conseco.com/
[2]: http://www.fiserv.com/



Drexler Technology received an order for 20,000 ‘LaserCard’ optical memory cards for use in the child healthcare ‘PandaCard’ program in the People’s Republic of China. The China Advisory Center had overseen an earlier pilot project of the child healthcare card, which had been conducted for more than two years in Beijing. The project has issued Drexler’s optical memory cards to the parents of some two thousand young children for the storage and update of the children’s clinical records. Drexler hopes to expand the PandaCard program beyond the initial 20,000 cards based upon its estimate of 3,000 urban child-health clinics and 13 million newborns per year in urban areas.


Vital Renews First Hawaiian

Vital Processing Services, a recognized leader in technology-based commerce enabling services, today announced the extension of its contract with with Honolulu-based First Hawaiian Bank, a subsidiary of BancWest Corporation, to include POS equipment and related services for the bank’s 6,500 merchant customers located in Hawaii and Guam. Vital has provided merchant processing services to First Hawaiian for more than 10 years.

Vital Merchant Services, a leader in terminal management and point-of-sale (POS) support services and wholly owned subsidiary of Vital Processing Services(R), will provide the terminal management services.

“We are proud to expand our existing relationship with First Hawaiian to include POS equipment and related services. As the exclusive third-party Clearing and Settlement processor and preferred provider of POS merchant processing for First Hawaiian, we have a vested interest in delivering fast, quality terminal services to keep their merchant customers processing transactions,” said Keith Smith, executive vice president of sales for Vital.

“As a Vital client for nearly 10 years, we are more than pleased with the high level of service we receive from Vital. Vital takes care of our merchant processing needs and we are happy to round out our relationship to take advantage of its terminal services. We look forward to Vital helping fuel our growth in the merchant acquiring arena,” said Gary Fujitani, senior vice president of First Hawaiian Bank.

About First Hawaiian Bank

Honolulu-based First Hawaiian Bank ($7.5 billion assets) has 56 branches in Hawaii, two on Guam and two on Saipan. First Hawaiian is a subsidiary of BancWest Corporation, a Hawaii-based bank holding company with assets of $19.8 billion as of September 30, 2001. BancWest’s other major subsidiary is Bank of the West, which is headquartered in San Francisco and has 193 branches in six Western states. First Hawaiian Bank’s website is located at [http://www.fhb.com][1].

About Vital Merchant Services

Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., Vital Merchant Services is a leader in terminal management and point of sale (POS) support services. The full suite of POS support services includes equipment procurement and deployment, inventory management, replacement and repair services, merchant training and installation, merchant supplies replenishment and world-class help desk support. Its premiere web-based POS equipment management system, VitalSync, enables acquirers the ability to easily and efficiently manage their merchant customer’s terminal portfolios. Vital Merchant Services is a designated Authorized Repair Facility for Hypercom Card Payment Terminals. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vital Processing Services, a recognized leader in technology-based commerce enabling services. For more information, contact Vital Merchant Services’ Sales Department at (800)686-1999 or visit [http://www.vitalps.com][2].

About Vital Processing Services

Arizona-based Vital Processing Services(R) (Vital(R)) is a leader in technology-based commerce enabling services. Vital’s clients include acquirers and merchant service providers that offer electronic payment processing and related services to merchants. Vital provides leading point- of-sale (POS) products and services, electronic authorization and data capture; clearing, settlement and exception processing; accounting, billing and reporting; risk management; and merchant support services. Vital also provides POS equipment management services through its subsidiary Vital Merchant Services and a full suite of Information Services in conjunction with Vital’s wholly-owned subsidiary GRS. Vital is a merchant processing joint venture of Visa U.S.A. and TSYS(R) (NYSE: TSS), a global leader in payments processing. Additional information regarding Vital can be found at [http://www.vitalps.com][3].

[1]: http://www.fhb.com/
[2]: http://www.vitalps.com/
[3]: http://www.vitalps.com/



Drexler Technology
Corporation has received an order for 20,000 LaserCard
memory cards for use in the child healthcare “PandaCard” program in the
People’s Republic of China.

Drexler’s Chinese value-added reseller placed the order and informed the
Company that the LaserCard-based China child-healthcare service PandaCard has
been approved by the China Advisory Center for Child Health and Disease

The China Advisory Center had overseen an earlier pilot project of the child
healthcare card, which had been conducted for more than two years in Beijing.
The project has issued Drexler’s optical memory cards to the parents of some
two thousand young children for the storage and update of the children’s
clinical records. The approval by the Advisory Center reflects the favorable
evaluation of the pilot project by both the pediatricians and parents.
Shipment of the 20,000 PandaCards is scheduled to begin this quarter.
The Chinese VAR company said it hopes to expand the PandaCard program beyond
the initial 20,000 cards based upon its estimate of 3,000 urban child-health
clinics and 13 million newborns per year in urban areas.

According to the Chinese VAR company, the increasing affluence of urban
and the government limitation on family size have encouraged Chinese
parents to
think in terms of investing more in their child’s health. The VAR company also
indicated that families will pay an all-inclusive fee that will cover
health and developmental examinations for the first three years of life.
Included in the fee is the PandaCard, which will accumulate test- and checkup
data and be transportable from one clinic to another. The VAR also stated that
an important aspect of Child Health and Disease Control will be the collection
(from the card) of anonymous data that will be analyzed statistically by the
Advisory Center so that trends can be monitored and treatment and prevention
strategies can be adapted to emerging needs.

Drexler Technology Corporation
develops and manufactures LaserCard(R) optical memory cards and chip-ready
Smart/Optical(TM) cards — a combination of optical memory card and smart
Drexler Technology and its wholly owned subsidiary, LaserCard Systems
Corporation, are based in Mountain View, where Drexler manufactures optical
memory cards and LaserCard Systems manufactures optical card read/write
develops optical card system software, and markets card-related data systems
and peripherals.


ICMA Signs Five

The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global non-profit association for card manufacturers, personalizers and service providers, recently announced the addition of five new members. These new members include two associate members, one principal member, one branch principal member and one manufacturing representative.

Associate Members Ilapak, Newtown, PA, USA Ontario Die Company Ltd., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Principal Member Jing King Technology Holdings Ltd., Kwun Tong, Hong Kong Branch Principal Member DZ Card (Malaysia) SDN BHD, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Manufacturers Representative Member Kilopass Data Canada, Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

“I am pleased with the addition of the new members,” said Jeffrey E. Barnhart, ICMA executive director. “ICMA’s continuous growth not only strengthens the association, but also provides a stronger forum for our members to network and establish resources while continuing to educate themselves with the plastic card manufacturing industry.”

For information on becoming a member of ICMA, contact Lynn McCullough at (609) 799-4900; e-mail lmccullough@icma.com or visit the ICMA web site at .

About ICMA

Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, ICMA is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers, personalizers and related industry participants. With more than 220 members globally, the ICMA acts as a clearinghouse for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of plastic cards.


Government MasterCard

Bank of Montreal’s Card Services division has been awarded a four-year contract to supply its ‘MasterCard Acquisition Card’ program to more than 100 federal government departments and agencies in Canada. Beginning in January, BMO ePurchasing Solutions will provide Government of Canada-branded ‘MasterCard Acquisition Cards’ to 28,000 government employees to pay for government purchases made online and offline. Current annual MasterCard volumes total more than $400 million and account for almost 90% of credit card use within the Canadian federal government.