At the premiere of the new photo + imaging exhibition and festival, Photopia Hamburg (September 23 to 26), the ImagingExecutives@Photopia conference will take place on September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chicago conference room at the Photopia Summit. Under the theme “Vital Opportunities”, the event will provide an exciting platform for executives of hardware and software suppliers, print service providers, retailers and distributors as well as all companies whose business includes the creation, processing, marketing or the output of visual content. The specialist media imaging + foto-contact, INTERNATIONAL CONTACT and worldofphoto.com have put together a top-class program.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for in-person attendees of CES 2022, which will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2022. For those who may be unable to travel to Las Vegas, CTA will again create a digital event that will run in parallel with the in-person program, enabling digital audiences to share the spirit of the event.
Ceconomy, the parent company of MediaMarktSaturn, has reported a stable development in the first nine months of the 2020/21 financial year. In the period from October 2020 to June 2021, the company achieved consolidated sales of Euro 16.2 billion; adjusted for currency and portfolio changes, this corresponds to an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. With an adjusted EBIT of Euro 106 million (2020: Euro 113 million), Ceconomy fell slightly short of previous year’s level.
At the third edition of the Berlin Photo Week (BPW) www.berlinphotoweek.com, which starts on August 26th and aims to bring leading manufacturers of the imaging industry together with the creative scene in Germany, the urban location Haubentaucher will serve from August 27 to 29t, 2021 as the hub for the event, which will also be extended to well-known exhibition houses and art venues in the German capital, including Grisebach and Chaussee 36. The program includes top-class exhibitions, talks and expert discussions on relevant photography topics as well as the Funplace, where renowned companies such as Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Leica and WhiteWall will present themselves and invite visitors to interactive brand experiences.
Following a prolonged period of very limited face-to-face interaction due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people in the photography and imaging sector are looking forward to joining real-life events again to share news and ideas. During Photopia Hamburg from 23 to 26 September, the new conference ImagingExecutives@Photopia on 24 September will offer a highly welcome platform to top decision-makers in the imaging business.
IFA has announced the first international „Tech Up For Women-IFA Berlin Conference“ that will be streamed virtually all over the world on Thursday, September 2, 2021. With this premiere, the B2B event Tech Up For Women, established in New York City, is being expanded to the field of consumer electronics in cooperation with IFA Berlin. According to a press release, the conference aims to provide women in tech with the opportunity to learn from technology leaders, researchers as well as influential women and to forge global networks.
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 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, 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.
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.
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According to to the organizer, Hamburg Messe + Congress (HMC), major imaging brands will be represented at Photopia Hamburg, which will take place in the Hanseatic city from September 23 to 26 as a festival for the entire digital imaging industry. These include camera and lens manufacturers such as Canon, Sony, Nikon, Leica and Panasonic as well as Sigma and Tamron, but also the monitor manufacturers BenQ and Eizo, print service providers such as WhiteWall and the paper manufacturers Ilford and Hahnemühle. Several retailing companies and distributors, including Calumet, Foto Erhardt, IPS, HapaTeam and Probis will also exhibit.