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    October 2009

    Cardzgroup wins 300k MIFARE Classic® 1k order

    Cardzgroup is happy to announce that we have been selected for a rollout project for a Western European Sport Association. This tender, won in conjunction with a local partner, cements Cardzgroup's success as a major player in the European RFID market.

    "In the last two years our model has really spoken for itself," says Scott Richardson, Director of Cardzgroup. "While other manufacturers target both the end user and distributor market, our model is to deal only with manufacturers, distributors and integrators. We focus on our core competency of card production, while working in conjunction with local partners who have already established themselves in the market. The result is a win-win partnership."

    If you have any questions on Cardzgroup's RFID product range please contact

    *MIFARE and MIFARE Classic are trademarks of NXP B.V.

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    Jun 2009

    Cardzgroup Opens Regional Office in South Africa

    Cardzgoup is pleased to announce the opening of our new regional office in Johaneesburg, South Africa. Managed by two directors with extensive industry experience, Cardzgroup Africa was opened to increase efficiency in communication and sales support to existing clients, and to leverage new opportunities in the Loyalty, ID, Telecommunications and Banking markets.

    Profile: Paddy Janneman

    Paddy has been directly involved in the card industry since 1999 when he joined Prism Payment Technologies as Project Manager. Prior to this, he'd spent 18 years at First National Bank where his last role was as National Roll-out Manager for the bank's Smart card (V-chip) project.

    His responsibilities during his 8 year stint at Prism centered around management of GSM related projects with a focus on key material procurement, business processes & accreditation. He was instrumental in ensuring that Prism's Springs card manufacturing facility was the first plant in the Southern Hemisphere to receive the coveted GSM Associations' SAS accreditation.

    Paddy joined Altech Namitech in 2008 as Procurement Manager. Outsourcing was a key function that was successfully exploited in order to maintain NamITech's competitive position in the SA card industry. He left what then became Gemalto Namitech in May 2009. During June 2009, he helped to establish Cardzgroup Africa (Pty) Ltd, which is the African arm of Cardzgroup Ltd based in Shenzhen, China. "The prospect of providing the African market with world class products, service & pricing is very exciting. Cardzgroup Africa looks forward to sharing in the growing prosperity of the African continent where we believe there is unlimited potential for growth. The Cardzgroup brand, which has proven itself in the Asian market, is one that we are very proud to be associated with. Our African clients will benefit enormously from the value that we will be able to add to their businesses. This will flow primarily from the service-orientated approach that is a hallmark of the way in which Cardzgroup does business".

    Profile Gavin Amos

    Gavin has been in the Printing & Packaging industry since 1986. In 1991, he established Independent Packaging & Print - Ipak. He has since built this business into a significant force in the printing & packaging industry. Ipak specializes in litho printing as well as corrugated packaging with applications suited to small & medium sized enterprises as well as products that serve major industries & even Governments, i.e. ballot papers, voting booths etc.

    In 2004 Ipak started to service the GSM industry by providing Fulfillment services & in 2008, they expanded this offering to the provision of secure GSM scratch cards. It was therefore part of a natural progression that the association with Cardzgroup Ltd became obvious.

    "Cardzgroup first impressed me when, as a client of theirs, they delivered sample cards well within our time expectations. This feat was followed up by unprecedented service & quality when they manufactured production cards in a timeframe that was also nothing short of astounding. This level of performance was unheard of in the African market & I'm delighted to now be part of this dynamic, forward-looking team. There are indeed exciting prospects throughout the continent that a relatively small, flexible organization such as Cardzgroup Africa can exploit to good effect."

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    Jan 2009

    Blank Self Adhesive Cards

    Cardzgroup is pleased to announce the introduction of Blank white self-adhesive cards. Blank Adhesive Cards are traditionally used when clamshell smart cards need to be personalized. Due to the materials surface it is impossible to personalize anything but an inkjet number on the cards surface

    With Cardzgroups new adhesive card the customer is able to personalize the card with photo/barcode etc, remove the self-adhesive strip, and directly stick the card onto the surface of the clamshell card thereby making it the perfect option for clamshell card personalization.

    The Cardzgroup Self Adhesive range comes in CR79 and CR80 and in thickness from 0.36-0.76mm.

    For any questions regarding the self-adhesive blank product line please contact

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    Jan 2009

    Cardzgroup wins 1 million PVC Loyalty Card order

    Cardzgroup, a leading specialist in the production of PVC and Smartcards is pleased to announce that we have successfully won a tender for a South African loyalty card program.

    "Cardzgroup have worked very hard to develop local relationships with our distributor and fulfillment partners, says Scott Richardson (Director). Our tried and proven production processes combined with our ability to keep our eye on the ball and meet crucial delivery leadtimes has stood us in good stead with our customers and ensured that our growth in the African markets is continuing at very respectable pace, even with the slowdown of the last quarter due to the global economy"

    For more information on our thermal rewritable card products, please contact

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    Jan 2009

    Cardzgroup JCOP (Java Card Open Platform)

    Cardzgroup, a leading specialist in the production of smartcards now introduces the Cardzgroup JCOP line into its smartcards product line.

    "JCOP has become incredibly popular in recent years due to its versatility, security and open platform standards, says Jim Baillie (Director). "Many of our partners/distributors in the loyalty/education segments started approaching us to come up with a viable Asia based solution for this product. With Cardzgroup's worldwide reputation for a quality product, our relationship with NXP, and an oversight by our Production team, we are able to offer a very quality driven solution from Asia."

    Cardzgroup, a leading specialist in the production of smartcards now introduces the Cardzgroup JCOP line into its smartcards product line.

    If you have any questions or comments regarding JCOP please contact


    Java Card OpenPlatform (JCOP) is a smart card operating system for the Java Card platform developed by IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. A Java Card JCOP has a Java Card Virtual Machine (JCVM) which allows it to run applications written in Java programming language.

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    March 2009

    Cardzgroup release new NXP MIFARE® DESFire® EV1 2k, 4k, and 8k

    Cardzgroup is pleased to announce the addition of the new MIFARE DESFire EV1 (2k, 4k and 8k) product to our MIFARE range.

    MIFARE DESFire EV1 is ideal for service providers wanting to use multi-application smart cards in transport schemes, e-government or identity applications. It fully complies with the requirements for fast and highly secure data transmission, flexible memory organization and interoperability with existing infrastructure.

    MIFARE DESFire EV1 is based on open global standards for both air interface and cryptographic methods. It is compliant to all 4 levels of ISO / IEC 14443A and uses optional ISO / IEC 7816-4 commands.

    MIFARE DESFire EV1 delivers the perfect balance of speed, performance and cost efficiency. Its open concept allows future seamless integration of other ticketing media such as smart paper tickets, key fobs, and mobile ticketing based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. It is also fully compatible with the existing MIFARE reader hardware platform. MIFARE DESFire EV1 is your ticket to contactless systems worldwide.

    If you have any questions or enquiries relating to MIFARE DESFire EV1 please contact

    *MIFARE and MIFARE Classic are trademarks of NXP B.V.

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    March 2009

    EM4200 released

    Cardzgroup are now pleased to offer the new EM 4200 from EM Microelectronics.

    EM4200 is a CMOS integrated circuit intended for use in electronic Read Only RF transponders. It is designed to replace directly the EM Microelectronic-Marin Read Only ICs EM4100/4102 and EM4005/4105.

    Comparing to EM4100/4102 and EM4005/4105, the chip provides higher reading range performances and presents on its coil terminals bigger resonant capacitor (210pF and 250pF selectable by mask option).

    The 128 bit unique code is stored in laser programmed ROM. Several options are available to use 64, 96 or 128 bits of ROM. The circuit is powered by an external coil placed in an electromagnetic field and gets its master clock from the same field. By turning on and off the modulation current, the chip will send back the unique code

    If you have any questions or enquiries on our EM product line please contact

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