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CPI Card Group Launches EMV ReadyTM with Alignment of Harland Clarke

CPI Card Group Launches EMV ReadyTM with Alignment of Harland Clarke


Turnkey Solution Developed by CPI for Small and Medium-sized Financial Card Issuers

Will be Integral Part of Leading Services Provider’s EMV Support for Clients



LITTLETON, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2014) — CPI Card Group, a global leader in financial and EMV chip card production and related services, today announced the launch of the company’s newest turnkey solution, EMV Ready™. The solution was developed specifically for small and medium-sized financial card issuers to support the migration to EMV in the United States. EMV ReadyTM is available through Harland Clarke, a leading provider of products and services to financial institutions.


As a turnkey solution, EMV Ready provides all the components necessary for a small to medium-sized financial card issuer to launch an EMV chip card program. The solution focuses on simplicity and speed-to-market, providing a user-friendly guide that takes the customer through all the steps in the process of providing EMV cards:  Product Training, EMV Chip Choice, Personalization Profiles, Card Design, Key Management, and CPI’s proprietary Card@Once® Instant Issuance solution. EMV Ready works for both instant onsite as well as central issuance options, and maintains the high standards of CPI.


“The launch of EMV Ready is an integral part of our overall vision to ensure that we are supporting all our customers, regardless of their size, in the migration to EMV in the U.S.,” said Steve Montross, president and CEO of CPI Card Group. “We are delighted that Harland Clarke has chosen this solution to make the migration to EMV as seamless as possible for its customers. With EMV Ready, we’re offering a simplified, convenient solution based on our knowledge and expertise in the market.”


Harland Clarke is a highly respected provider to more than 8,500 banks, credit unions and investment firms. The business is recognized for the robust and industry-leading suite of consumer and business solutions it offers its clients in serving their customers and members.


“Harland Clarke is committed to helping its clients be more successful, including being ready for October 15, 2015, when the EMV liability shift occurs,” said Mike Fay, President, Harland Clarke Marketing Services. “EMV Ready has been designed by CPI Card Group in such a way that we’re confident it will greatly simplify EMV for our clients and their cardholders. We’re excited to be able to offer it.”  For the past two years, Harland Clarke has conducted proprietary research on financial institutions’ readiness for EMV. A copy of the 2014 report is available at


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As the leader in the financial card market in North America, CPI Card Group provides the largest EMV manufacturing capacity in North America with five certified EMV production facilities. This provides customers with flexibility and back-up capabilities.



About CPI Card Group
CPI, a global leader in financial card production and related services under the VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover payment brands, offers a single source for cards and other form factors, from financial and prepaid debit to EMV chip and mobile, and personalization and fulfillment services. CPI offers the largest secure production network in North America. CPI's production sites include: Denver, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nashville, Tenn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Colchester, England; Liverpool, England; Petersfield, England; and Toronto, Canada.


About Harland Clarke

Harland Clarke is a leading provider of best-in class integrated payment solutions, marketing services and retail products, as well as high-value transactional print and electronic documentation, and security solutions.  The 140 year old company serves multiple industries including financial and investment services, big box retail, accounting software, commercial, and direct selling associations and franchises.  Clients range in size from major corporate brands and trade groups to small businesses and individual consumers. Harland Clarke Marketing Services provides data-driven direct and digital marketing solutions to a range of industries. Through a comprehensive suite of integrated capabilities, clients are provided with innovative and measurable solutions that strengthen relationships with their customers.  More than 8,500 banks, credit unions and major investment firms trust Harland Clarke to interface directly with their account holders on their behalf. Harland Clarke is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp. (