Nilson Report

Issue 1143 | Nov 2018


Companies featured in this issue include:

Top 150 Card Issuers Worldwide Ranked by Outstandings

Total Chip Card Shipments 2017

Chip Card Shipments by Category and Type of Card 2017

Top Debit Card Issuers by Purchase Volume & Country 2017

150 Largest Credit Card Portfolios Worldwide 2017

Total Chip Card Shipments 2017

The 50 largest manufacturers of payment cards with microchips are listed in the table on page 8. The five largest are listed here based on units shipped in 2017.

1. Gemalto
899.0 million units shipped
2. Idemia
725.0 million units shipped
3. G+D Mobile Security
510.2 million units shipped
4. Goldpac Group
197.5 million units shipped
5. Eastcompeace Technology
129.6 million units shipped

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Infineon/Next Biometrics Partnership

Infineon Technologies and Next Biometrics have developed a reference design that manufacturers worldwide can use to develop EMV-compliant payment cards using biometric-based authentication. Included in the reference design is a biometric module, a secure element, an operating system with biometric and payment applets, as well as a prelamination and lamination method for integration of an inlay that holds biometric components into the manufacturing process. 

Next Biometrics provides fingerprint sensor technology for applications including payment cards, government IDs, access control, and notebook computers. The company replaces silicon-based sensors to capture fingerprints with a thermal technology that allows for rigid and flexible formats.

Infineon supplied chips used in more than 50% of all payment cards manufactured in 2017, giving it more than twice the market share of NXP, its closest competitor. EMV-compliant payment cards are becoming commoditized. Biometric cards, wearables, and cards with displays, including for dynamic CVV, offer opportunities for growth and better profit margins. Infineon’s secure controllers have been used in most tests of EMV-compliant biometric cards so far.

Next Biometrics has shipped more than 5 million fingerprint sensors. Its large-area fingerprint sensors will be integrated into smart cards manufactured by MK Group in Vietnam beginning next year. Tysso (Fametech) in Taiwan will use Next sensors in mobile POS terminals to be sold in the U.S. in 2019. China-based Telpo (Telepower Communication Co.) will use Next sensors in POS terminals it sells in India. 

Arnaud Moser is Director, Marketing and Business Development, Americas at Infineon Technologies in Milpitas, California, (510) 386-6874,,

Ritu Favre is CEO at Next Biometrics in Los Gatos, California, (480) 570-9469,,

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