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Smart Payment Association Releases 2016 Top Smart Payment Card Shipment Figures

The Smart Payment Association (SPA), the trade body of the smart payments industry, revealed top level findings from its 2016 annual review of the smart payments market.
Data collated by the SPA from its members show over 2,152 million payment chip cards were shipped globally in 2016, an increase of 4% on 2015 figures.
“Following significant EMV roll-out programs in the United States and China, 2016 saw shipment volumes begin to normalize to reflect growing market maturity in most major global markets,” commented Sylvie Gibert, president of the SPA.
The global shipment data also highlights a significant upturn in demand in the South Asia region. India experienced a five-fold increase in shipments on 2015 figures as it began to fast-track its EMV migration program.
The figures also confirm a surge in demand for contactless payment cards – in response to growing consumer appetite for convenient ways to conduct small transactions.
The SPA is engaged in extensive market monitoring activities, using the data sets it collects to generate independently verified market statistics and reports; data it has provided as a free benefit to SPA members.
In an important step, the SPA has responded to wider audience demands for access to this proprietary data, and will be launching two new Market Monitoring Advisory Councils. For the first time non-SPA member organizations, operating in the wider payment ecosystem, will be able to participate in the payment market monitoring activities of the SPA and access the most up-to-date market data available. More details will soon be published.
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