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JCB joins major PayTech players as a Patron of Emerging Payments Association (EPA)

Global innovator connects with thriving network of over 100 payments organisations to foster growth in European market

London, UK. 26th June 2017. JCB, the global payments and technology company, has joined the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) as a Patron member. The payment innovator, founded in Japan in 1961, joins the EPA’s community of PayTech collaborators.

JCB and its peers recognised that the emerging world of PayTech requires collaboration to share knowledge and insights openly, driving innovation to shape a sustainable and thriving payments ecosystem.

JCB is a key player in the Japanese payment market and its cards are accepted at merchants worldwide. It has been international since 1981 and identified the EPA as a key player in its efforts to grow further in the rapidly changing European market. The EPA is perfectly positioned to help JCB achieve this, with over 110 members from across the payments ecosystem, able to facilitate access to a PayTech collaboration network that employs over 300,000.

“The JCB brand is built on Japanese technological innovation in the payments space and this year we are seeing strong growth of our network across Europe,” said Andrew Doukanaris, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, JCB International (Europe) Ltd. “ As part of our dedicated drive to partner with disruptive, agile PSPs and Fintech acquirers in EMEA, we recognise that now is the right time to join an established organisation that shares our commitment to excellence. We want the EPA’s thriving community of payments professionals to know that JCB is open to working with similarly creative and ambitious organisations to foster and support global innovation and business growth in the sector for years to come.”

Tony Craddock, Director General of the EPA added, “It’s a pleasure to welcome JCB on board as a patron member of the UK’s most progressive and entrepreneurial trade association. The European payments landscape is undergoing momentous change with PSD2 opening up the market to new players but our collaborative network, supported by our independent board of international payment leaders, is helping new and more established players navigate this change and take advantage of the opportunities for international growth.”
Both JCB and the EPA are participating at Money20/20, Europe’s largest payments event, this week in Copenhagen. To find out more, or to join the Emerging Payments community, contact

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About the Emerging Payments Association (EPA)

The EPA is a community comprising the UK’s most progressive and collaborative payments companies. The EPA helps them influence the payments landscape and collaborate with those operating in it, whether they are buyers, sellers or partners. The Association has the support of UK Government Agencies, and regularly communicates with regulatory bodies to help advance payments innovation. The EPA is led by an independent Advisory Board and has the support of Benefactors such as MasterCard and Kompli Global.

For more information about the EPA please go to
Twitter: @EPAssoc

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide.
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JCB International Co., Ltd.
Kae Mitsuda
Global Business Planning
Tel: 81-3-5778-7963

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About Emerging Payments Association

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA) connects the payments ecosystem, encourages innovation and drives profitable business growth. Our goals are to strengthen and expand the payments industry to benefit all stakeholders.

We achieve this by shaping a comprehensive programme of activities for our members with help from an independent board, which addresses key issues impacting the industry.

These include:

 Targeted events
 Conferences
 Award ceremonies
 Critical industry projects
 Lobbying activities
 Training courses

The EPA is over 130 members strong and growing. Our members come from across the payments value chain; including payments schemes, banks and issuers, merchant acquirers, PSPs, retailers, and more. These companies have come together, from across the UK and internationally, to join our association, collaborate, and speak with a unified voice.