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Milestones

2017

Expanding capacity and capabilities by adding a new 7 color press. This press allowing us to make smaller runs more efficiently

2016

Increased Overall Capacity of Card Personalization and added EMV Personalization, Laser Engraving, and PIN Generation

2015

PPP celebrates 50 years. When Perfect Plastic Printing opened in 1965, it occupied a single “bay” of an industrial park in Addison, Illinois. Equipment included one Miehle 29-inch sheet fed offset press and a single laminator. There were four full-time and two part-time employees.

2012

PPP renews strategic collaboration with Safran Morpho to meet increased demand for EMV Smartcards in the US market

2011

Perfect Element – Winner PII Premier Print Awards Visa Heavy Card. Crystal Mosaic – Winner Pewter Award – Printing Impressions Gold Ink Award Citi Prepaid Visa

2010

Perfect Textile – Winner Specialty Ink / Coatings PII Pinnacle Print Awards. Crystal Mosaic – Winner Best Card Design – Paybefore Awards Prepaid Solutions Capcom prepaid Visa

2009

Introduces Contactless Foil Visa card

2008

PPP offers secure card personalization.

2007

Perfect Plastic Printing increases production capacity by expanding the PPP campus.

2006

PPP wins international recognition at the ICMA Expo in Greece with the Discover Fabric Card, the Best Buy Colorshift Snowman and the Nordstrom Full Face Foil Holographic cards.

2002

100% Smart Card capability is achieved at PPP through a strategic collaboration with Orga

2000

PPP is at the forefront of card technology with the first fully functional clear secure card, full-face hologram card, and the use of bar code technology in the manufacturing process.

1999

PPP installs the first Digital UV press in the industry.

1991

PPP meets the increased demand for four-color printing by acquiring its first multi-color press.

1989

Citibank makes a deal with American Airlines to give consumers reward points, starting a new era for the industry.

1986

New state-of-the-art facility is completed in St. Charles, IL.

1976

BankAmericard officially becomes known as Visa

1974

The first clear bank card is produced by PPP.

1969

PPP begins mag stripe card manufacturing.

1968

Full bleed printing is perfected by PPP for plastic cards.

1966

PPP stamps its first signature panel.

1966

A group of bankers creates a member-owned association that later became MasterCard.

1965

Perfect Plastic Printing becomes incorporated.

1958

Nasa is formed

1958

Visa gets its start as a bank-issued card, although it is called BankAmericard, named after Bank of America.

1958

American Express issues its first charge card. Within five years, more than 1 million cards are in use at approximately 85,000 establishments within and outside the United States.

1946

John Biggins Invents the first credit card for the Flatbush National Bank of Brooklyn in New York. His “Charge- It” program worked between bank customers and local merchants.