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Nearly 2,000 exhibitors at all-digital CES 2021

The first-ever, all-digital CES 2021 ended yesterday. According to the organizers, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), almost 2000 companies from startups to tech giants unveiled their innovations. The event featured a large number of product launches, keynotes from global industry leaders, live entertainment from Hollywood and more than 100 hours of conference programming. Registered providing have the opportunity to replay, rediscover and relive CES 2021 until Feb. 15; available features include exhibitor showcases, programming to watch on demand as well as one-to-one attendee messaging.

ImageQuix and PhotoLynx acquire Capturelife

ImageQuix and PhotoLynx, providers of high volume photography solutions backed by ASG, have acquired Capturelife, a digital delivery and engagement solution that serves school, sports, events, attraction and resort photographers and labs. While Scott DeFusco, co-founder of Capturelife, will join the ImageQuix and PhotoLynx team to continue growing and building the service, the other co-founder, Jeff Eckerle, will transition out of the business. Rich Scanlon, CEO of ImageQuix and PhotoLynx, was appointed CEO of Capturelife effective immediately.

First all-digital CES open for visitors

Following a day of exclusive, media-only press conferences and a keynote from Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg on Jan. 11, the first all-digital CES 2021 is now open for audiences around the world. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES 2021 features more than 1,900 exhibitors representing the entire tech spectrum. In more than 100 conference sessions, industry leaders, analysts and experts share visions for a better future and provide the audience with the latest information on products, technologies and markets.

Citizen warns against unauthorized hardware modifications

Citizen Systems Europe has issued a warning to its customers that an unauthorized hardware updates being offered to owners and operators of the popular Citizen CY-02 photo printer. In a cautionary statement, the printer manufacturer advises all users of its products that any updates not communicated through official Citizen channels are not authentic and are not authorized by the company. If accepted, users risk affecting their official manufacturer warranty conditions and a potential loss of overall performance.

OM Digital Solutions Corporation is now operating

January 1, 2021, the newly founded OM Digital Solutions Corpoation started operations to market the consumer products previously manufactured and distributed by Olympus under the ledership of Shigemi Sugimoto, who was previously responsible for the imaging division of Olympus. With a new organizational structure that is set to efficiently combine management, research and development as well as production and sales, tthe company aims to further develop the product range under famous brands such as OM-D, PEN and Zuiko. According to a press release, the company name OM Digital Solutions is supposed to signal the connection between the legendary OM history and digital solutions.

In memoriam Dr. Klaus Petersen

The former owner of the Obergassner photo wholesaler and long-time director of the European PMA office in Munich, Dr. Klaus Petersen, passed away on December 27, 2020 at the age of 88. Petersen started his activities for the American Photo Marketing Association (PMA) after he had sold Obergassner in 1990. Under his leadership, the PMA Munich office gained a large number of members in Europe during the 1990s. In addition, Petersen succeeded in significantly increasing the number of European visitors to what was then the largest annual photo fair in the world.

Photopia aims to make Hamburg the photo capital

With Photopia Hamburg, Hamburg Messe wants to offer the imaging industry a new home and at the same time make the City of Hamburg Germany's new photo capital. With well known locations such as the Deichtorhallen and the House of Photography as well as the Reeperbahn Festival taking place at the same time, the metropolis on the river of Elbe will offer ideal conditions for the event, the organizers said in a press release. The premiere of Photopia, which is intended to generate enthusiasm for photography and imaging in the Hamburg Exhibition Center and throughout the city, is planned for September 23-26, 2021. Thereafter, the event is set to take place annually.

Fespa postpones 2021 Global Print Expo to October 2021

Fespa, the global federation of national Associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing has announced to postpone its 2021 Global Print Expo, planned for March 2021, as well as the co-located European Sign Expo to October 12 to 15, 2021. The events will be held at the same venue, the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. According to a press release, the move reflects ongoing uncertainty over Corona-related travel restrictions and visitor quarantine arrangements in The Netherlands, and the risk that these could continue to affect exhibitors and visitors through early 2021.

CP+ to take place as online-only event

The Japanese Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has abandoned its plans to host the CP + Photo and Imaging Exhibition from February 25th to 28th as a combination of physical and digital presentations in Yokohama. Due to the increasing number of corona infections, the event is now to be held exclusively online on the planned days in order to present the news from the camera and imaging manufacturers as well as the photo culture from Japan to a global audience.

drupa 2021 to become ”virtual drupa“

What was already becoming apparent after the corona-related cancellations by prominent manufacturers is now official: The attempt to postpone the drupa planned for this year to April 20-23 next year has failed: Because of the pandemic, the world’s leading trade show for the printing industry will not take place as a physical event in the exhibition halls in Duesseldorf, Germany. Instead, there will be a “virtual drupa” as a four-day digital event during this period. As a “real” trade show, the next drupa is scheduled to take place from May 28th to June 7th, 2024.


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The world’s leading imaging show is now history

It had a certain symbolic meaning that Koelnmesse announced its decision to “suspend the implementation of photokina in Cologne for the time being” on a “Black Friday” – marking the end of an era of  seven decades during which this unique world fair has givenour photo and imaging industry the most important impulses and inspiration.