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Oberthur introduces 'Smart Eco' cards for banks

Thursday 12 November 2009

The Smart Eco range consists of:

  • Smart Eco PET-G cards provide a chlorine-free option for standard banking cards. PET-G offers good card shaping properties and is excellent for chip embedding, providing an ideal alternative to PVC for financial cards.
  • Smart Eco Recycled PVC cards are manufactured using recycled PVC. Recycled PVC is considered to have the same properties as virgin PVC in terms of lamination, ink adhesion and shelf life, while it reduce the use of natural resources.
  • Smart Eco PLA cards are made from a fully synthetic polymer derived from corn starch, a renewable material. Biodegradable and compostable, the Smart Eco PLA card is designed for gift and commercial applications.
  • Smart Eco BioPVC cards display very similar properties to standard PVC but contain additives that help break down the PVC polymers at a faster rate than normal. Under the right conditions, BioPVC will biodegrade over a period of up to five years.

In addition to the Smart Eco range dedicated to financial institutions, Oberthur also offers environmentally friendly SIM cards and packaging solutions as part of its portfolio. Oberthur Technologies already produces several million PET-G banking cards each year for its customers, including Swedbank.