The 3M Company announced Dec. 6 that its Non-Metallic Foil technology has been accepted for use by MasterCard for credit, debit and gift cards, giving credit unions and banks the option of cards with a metallic-like finish.

Because the technology contains no metals, it offers full ATM functionality and is safe to use in contactless cards.

The company said the foil-like looks will allow credit unions an opportunity to set themselves apart from the competition by offering new and existing customers transaction cards incorporating one-of-a-kind design aesthetics.

Cards using 3M Non-Metallic Foil technology will be customizable with graphics and designs that meet an issuers specifications and can be printed using most existing production equipment.

Already available in blue, 3M will introduce silver and gold finishes beginning in January 2011, with additional colors to follow later in the year.

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