Eirik A. Bakke
Evolis announces the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary in Tokyo, Evolis Japan K.K. The globally renowned French card issuance company designs, manufactures and commercialises a complete range of personalisation and issuance solutions for plastic cards in various markets such as retail, hospitality, banking or public administrations across the globe.Evolis has been present since 2008 in Japan through a distributor. The creation of a local subsidiary aims at strengthening relations with local partners in order to accelerate the group's business development and establish a long-term presence in Japan. Evolis Japan K.K. Operational since January 7, 2019, Evolis Japan will market the entire Evolis product range and offer technical support by Japanese speakers Operational since January 7, 2019, Evolis Japan will market the entire Evolis product range and offer technical support by Japanese speakers, expand the traditional distribution network, develop channels dedicated to new industry sectors, and strengthen response to the demands of government bodies and financial institutions."Japan is one of the world's leading economies with more than 125 million people. We therefore see strong potential for card personalisation in several markets. The creation of a Japanese company will help in our existing business relationships and facilitate the development of new partnerships" says Eirik Bakke, Managing Director, Evolis APAC. On-site encoding and securing key cards Evolis systems allow for the on-site personalisation, encoding and securing of cards that support various applications, such as access control badges, debit and credit cards, ID cards, resident permits, drivers' licenses, transport passes, student IDs, as well as product tags for the retail and hospitality market.Evolis' solutions support any requirement in card personalisation, from basic printing in small runs up to the personalisation of advanced and secured cards in large volumes. Numerous governments, financial institutions and large retail chains are using Evolis' card personalisation systems to issue their cards. Card personalisation systems Due to its flexible manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise, Evolis meets stringent customer demands in terms or technical features, quality and delivery lead times. A project team is dedicated to designing specific and tailored solutions, recognised at national and international levels.
The cards are co-branded by the Shandong Social Security authority and six Chinese banks Evolis, the provider of personalisation systems for plastic cards, has been selected by the Shandong Social Security department for the personalisation and instant issuance of multifunctional plastic cards. The cards are co-branded by the Shandong Social Security authority and six Chinese banks, and combine a debit card with a social security card. 400 Avansia printers by Evolis, integrating retransfer printing technology, were equipped with smart card encoders by Chinese system integrator Boya Wuzhou, and deployed across the banks in December 2016. The contract, worth $1.2M, includes consumables and spare parts. "We are proud that our company was selected as part of this innovative high-tech project in China, where multifunctional smart cards have become a real trend," explains Emmanuel Picot, CEO of Evolis. Developing application of social security card The Eastern Chinese region of Shandong is one of the most populous and most affluent provinces in the People's Republic of China counting a population of around 97 million people. This innovative project has the aim to further develop the applications of the classic social security card, up to now issued centrally by the social security bureau. The new financial security card can be issued in the six partner banks ICBC, ABC, CCB, BC, PSBC and Rural Credit Cooperative as a multi-application card offering life insurance, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance and maternity insurance as well as all functions of common debit cards such as cash withdrawal, transfer, card consumption, investment and wealth management and bill payment, etc. "Preparations are going very smoothly thanks to our local partner Boya Wuzhou," says Eirik Bakke, Global Sales Director at Evolis. "The Avansia system is well designed with excellent printing quality and the technical support from Evolis is always responsive" Expertise in the banking and governmental sector Evolis has been widely recognised as a provider of card issuance solutions to the Banking and Government sectors for the past 10 years. Numerous projects with governments around the world have been awarded to the French company for the instant issuance of secure identification cards, such as social security cards, national ID cards, voter cards or driver's licenses and whereby hundreds of thousands of citizens can be equipped with a highly secure official card with minimum delay. In 2015, Evolis also became the world leader in decentralised issuance of payment cards with more than 55,000 systems installed in bank branches worldwide. To meet the needs of such complex projects, a dedicated project team develops tailored solutions for system integrators willing to support any card-based project, whether local or global. Due to its flexible manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise, Evolis is able to position itself both on projects requiring large volumes of card issuance terminals and/or strong product customisation. Avansia system The Avansia system, released at the end of 2014, represents a new technology for Evolis, that of retransfer. It allows users to print in offset quality and distinguishes itself by high durability. Additional encoding modules, magnetic, chip with and without contact, can be combined to be installed on the Avansia to issue any type of highly secure card. Retransfer technology is suitable for a large variety of applications such as secured access cards, student IDs, payment cards, official identification cards, driver's licenses, and more. Mr Weimin Dong, Sales Director at Boya Wuzhou explains: "The Avansia system is well designed with excellent printing quality and the technical support from Evolis is always responsive."