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Canadian Bank Note Wins Élan Award

May 10, 2010

Ottawa-based Canadian Bank Note Company took first place in the annual Élan Awards, produced by the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), which is a worldwide competition for card manufacturing and printing.

The Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence are described by the ICMA as "the pinnacle of design innovation and technical achievement" for the sector. The ICMA has 240 global members.

Canadian Bank Note received its first-place finish in the category of Best Government Identification Card for the production of Canada's Permanent Resident Card.

Élan Awards winners included:

People's Choice

CPI Card Group, Lenticular Snowboarder, Visa & Royal Bank of Canada
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card
Finalist: Plantaplast GmbH

Best Gift Card

Winner: CPI Card Group, Gift a Tron Card, Target
Finalist: Perfect Plastic Printing
Finalist: CPI Card Group

Best Government Identification Card

Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, Permanent Resident Card, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Finalist: Oberthur Technologies, Registro Nacional de Las Personas de Guatemala Card, The Republic of Guatemala

Best Loyalty & Promotional Card

Plantaplast GmbH, Strawberry Tour 2010 Smelling Card, Extra Golf Promotional Tour
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., China Unicom VIP Card, China Unicom
Finalist: Versatile Card Technology, Ameristar Casino ACE Gold Card, Ameristar Casino

Best Access Control & ID Cards

Vanguard ID Systems, LDM CompuWeigh UHF RFID embedded Biodegradable card, CompuWeigh
Finalist: Plasticard Locktech International, W hotels RFID 3-D Card, W Hotels
Finalist: Plasticard Locktech International, Jelly Belly ID Card, National Confectioners Association

Unique Innovation

Oberthur Technologies, Citi One Piece Mobile Payment Tag Card, Citi
Finalist: CPI Card Group, Nutrisystem Starter Card, Stored Value Systems
Finalist: VCT - NJ, Business Exclusive Rewards Card, Chase

Best Secure Financial Card Design

Future Card, Masraf Al Rayan Visa Gold Card, Masraf Al Rayan
Finalist: VCT-NJ, Cash Charcoal Visa, Chase
Finalist: Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., Yi Card, Agricultural Bank of China

Best Other Secure Card Design

Huangshi G&D Wanda Security Card Ltd., Plum Blossom Card, Nanjing Citizen Card Co. Ltd.
Finalist: Placard Pty. Ltd., Crowne Shareholder Card, Crowne Melbourne LTD
Finalist: VCT-NJ, 76 Commercial Card, Citi Card

Best Vendor New Product, Equipment or Material

JDSU Authentication Solutions Group, Holofuse Card

Finalist: Blumer Maschinenbau, Tool Adapter
Finalist: Bayer MaterialScience AG, Transparent Holographic Film for Colored Holograms in Cards

Judges' Choice

Winner: Versatile Card Technology, Best Buy Blinking Tree Gift Card, Best Buy
Finalist: Oberthur Technologies, Ecount Clear Black Stored Value Card, Citi Prepaid
Finalist: Versatile Card Technology, Best Buy Mother's Day Gift Card, Best Buy

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