ABnote™ Accepts ICMA Élan Award for Manufacturing Excellence

The identification card was designed and manufactured for the Illinois Medical Cannabis ID Program

ABnote Cannabis ID Card Award Winner

​​​​ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of financial and secure credentialing solutions announced today that ABnote was honored with an Élan Award at this year’s International Card Manufacturer’s Association EXPO.

The First Finalist for Manufacturing Excellence Award in the category of ID and Access Control Cards recognizes ABnote’s design and execution of the Illinois Medical Cannabis ID Card, which was manufactured for Creative Information Technology, Incorporated. The winning card was designed, engineered, and produced by ABnote’s design and production team in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Award was presented at the 19th Annual ICMA Élan Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida, during the 26th Annual ICMA EXPO.

Jorge Ojeda, ABnote’s Creative Director, explained, "This project involved the participation of four state departments - Agriculture, Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Health, and Law Enforcement. The card incorporates security features to avoid tampering and counterfeiting and also incorporates a holographic overlay. Our team created and presented an original design that met a challenging collection of aesthetic and functional requirements with final approval granted upon first review by our customer."

About ABnote:  American Banknote Corporation (“ABnote”) pioneered secure credential solutions, with its counterfeit-resistant currency back in 1795 and today continues to provide clients around the globe peace-of-mind with innovative secure credentials including payment, access and identification solutions. ABnote is a world leader in providing secure payment, identity, access and retail cards, vital record and transaction documents, systems and services to clients within the financial, government and commercial markets. No company in history matches ABnote’s reputation for providing and protecting critical documents, sensitive information and state-of-the art solutions. Based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, ABnote has offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Germany, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

About Élan Awards: In the global arena of world-class cards, the ICMA Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence celebrates the pinnacle of design innovation, security, and technical achievements in the industry by leading manufacturers from around the globe. Winners of this prestigious competition tap the power of industry recognition and promotional opportunity.

About ICMA: Based in Princeton Junction, NJ, ICMA is a non‐profit association of card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers and related industry participants. With more than 240 members globally, ICMA acts as a resource for industry issues, including the production, technology, application, security and environmental issues of cards.


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