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Imaging Solutions appoints new Asia Pacific Representative

To provide closer support for local customers, Imaging Solutions AG (ISAG), the Swiss specialist in image enhancement software, industrial photofinishing and photo book manufacturing systems, has appointed David Santer regional General Manager for its Asia Pacific region. In this newsly created position, Santer, who is based in Singapore, will cover ISAG’s Asia Pacific markets, including China and India.

Leica Camera AG presents its first smartphone

Leica Camera AG has announced its first own smartphone. The Leitz Phone 1, which comes with a one-inch 20.2 MP image sensor, was developed exclusively for the Japanese market, where it is produced in cooperation with Sharp Corporation and is available from the leading operator, SoftBank. Leica said its proprietary Munich design office is responsible for the typical look of the novelty.

CE China 2021 cancelled

CE China 2021, the IFA event that was scheduled for September 16-18, 2021 in Guangzhou, will not take place. International travel into China was still severely hampered by travel restrictions due to the Corona-pandemic, the organizers said in a press release. With the latest emergence of Covid cases in Asia, both international and Chinese companies were furthermore uncertain about their participation in international trade shows.

IFA 2021 canceled

Messe Berlin and gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH have jointly announced that IFA 2021 will not take place in September as a physical live event as originally planned. Acccording to a press release, the decision was made following detailed conversations with public health experts and multiple stakeholders. Ultimately, several key global health metrics did not move as fast in the right direction as had been hoped for, said Messe Berlin. For example, the rapid emergence of new COVID-19 variants have resulted in continued uncertainties about the speed of the rollout of vaccination programmes around the world.

Mitsubishi HITec Paper announces price increases

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has announced to raise the prices for its coated specialty papers again.The reason for this is the recently continued rise in prices for energy and raw materials.

Pro Imaging Connect Imaging photo/imaging free virtual conference

Pro Imaging Connect, the executive conference for the photo/imaging industry, is hosting the free Worldwide Photo Imaging Market Trends virtual conference May 4-6, for a global look at the photo/imaging markets featuring some of the top industry research firms.Hosted by Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society and conducted on the ShareMe.chat platform, each session will start at 11:00 Eastern Time (US) and will feature lively online interactivity. The event is sponsored by Photo Finale, Canva, Mediaclip, Autopilot Print and Mailpix.

CES to return to Las Vegas for 2022

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES, has announced  the technology event will return to Las Vegas next year. Following the all-digital CES 2021, CTA said it will convene the tech industry in-person and digitally, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as the world’s most-influential leaders and industry advocates. CES 2022 ist scheduled Jan. 5-8, 2022 in Las Vegas, with Media Days taking place Jan. 3-4, 2022.

Funplace at the Berlin Photo Week

At the Berlin Photo Week, which will take place for the first time in cooperation with the IFA in Germany’s capital from August 26 to September 3,  2021, the Funplace, which will be open from August 26 to 29 in the Arena Berlin, will offer visitors the opportunity to experience innovations from the world of imaging and try them out in walk-in installations, various playgrounds and live photo shootings. For this purpose, the area outside the hall is also to be used for a food market, lounge areas and fun stops around the “Badeschiff” location.

IFA Berlin set as a physical live event from September 3 to 7, 2021

IFA Berlin, the world's leading trade show for consumer and home electronics, is preparing to return to the exhibition halls of the Berlin exhibition center together with partners from industry, trade and the media, Messe Berlin announced this in a press release. With the successful progress of the international vaccination campaigns, the industry is becoming more confident that it will be able to present its new products and services to the media and retailers at IFA 2021 from September 3 to 7, 2021, the organizers said. To ensure health and safety of all attendees, comprehensive hygiene measures will be in place.

Hama takes over Messingschlager

A few days ago with retroactive effect from January 1, 2021, the German accessories specialist, Hama, Monheim, has acquired Messingschlager GmbH & Co KG. The family owned company, which is headquartered in Baunach near the German city of Bamberg, was founded in 1924 and currently employs a workforce of almost 150 people. For many decades, Messingschlager has been an internationally renowned supplier of bicycle parts and accessories.

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Feature of the month

Will the lockdown of the photo industry ever end?

The figures on the camera market in 2020 published by the Japanese industry ­association CIPA on the occasion of the digital CP+ show a terrible picture of our industry: Only 8.9 million cameras were shipped last year, 59 percent less than the year before. In view of the Corona­ ­pandemic and the related canceled events, vacations and trips, this is no surprise, but it is still bad. Even worse: Those who had hoped that, as the last remaining photo fair with global awareness, the digital ­edition of the Japanese CP+ would ­provide new ideas to the ­industry, were ­bitterly disappointed.