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We are the representative and the speaker of the photo and imaging industry at national and European levels. Furthermore, we promote photokina interests worldwide.
In 2014 photography celebrates its 175th Jubilee. Numerous companies, associations, media and institutions from the photo and imaging business will with their high-profile activities use the Jubilee as an opportunity to pay tribute to the importance of photography both in their history and currently, but above all in the future. In order to bundle and communicate the Jubilee activities effectively, the Imaging Association as the representative of the photo and imaging business » more
On 15 May 2013 the general assembly of Photoindustrie-Verband e.V. in Starnberg elected a new presidential board. President for the term 2013/15 is Christoph Thomas (Hama). Further board members are Werner Graf (Panasonic), Dr. Rolf Hollander (CEWE COLOR), Matthias Hübener (Tetenal), Uwe Keuchel (Nikon), Henning Ohlsson (Epson), Jürgen Schmitz (Canon), Michael Speiser (Olympus) » more
On the occasion of the 175th Jubilee of photography in 2014, Prophoto GmbH, the fully-owned subsidiary company of the Imaging Association is to launch four high-profile promotions. At photokina 2014, the world’s largest photo-globe will demonstrate “175 Years of PhotoMoments“ with a wide-ranging exhibit, using huge quantities of photos from all around the world arranged on a timeline basis. During the coming year, members of the Imaging Association and other companies in the photo and imaging » more
On 27th and 28th February 2013 photokina will once again present the Business Forum Imaging Cologne, which will focus on the theme “Memories are more… SMART”. Since the first BFI Cologne in 2009, this annual conference has been recognized as the trend forum for the European photo and imaging sector. In the year ahead, top managers from the industry and independent experts will once again present numerous ideas for the future of the imaging industry and new concepts for the photography trade. Executives from Gold Sponsors Cewe Color, HP and Samsung will present innovative ideas for the smart imaging business of the future » more
The 32nd photokina, which ended on Sunday, 23rd September 2012, was a great success. Some 185,000 visitors from 166 countries attended the world’s leading fair for the photography and imaging sector, which marked an increase in visitors from the prior event in 2010 (181,464). The share of trade visitors was 48.8 per cent; 42.5 per cent of these visitors came from abroad, a significant increase (7.5 per cent) compared with the equivalent figure for the prior event » more
In recognition of his service to photokina, Makoto Kimura, President and CEO of the Nikon Corporation was presented with the Golden photokina Needle by Jürgen Roters, the Mayor of Cologne and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse, during photokina 2012. This award has been presented since the beginning of the 1950s to individuals from the spheres of business, science and politics who have rendered extraordinary service to photokina » more
Photo & Imaging Market
Imaging products are benefitting from stable demand throughout the world. Japan, Russia, the Ukraine and Kazakhstan are all enjoying double-digit growth rates, while in Western Europe, markets are characterised by growing added values. Trends within the imaging sector in China remain stable in value, despite high demand for feature/ smartphones. Worldwide, there has been no break in interest in photography. In the first six months of 2012, there was a 17% increase in sales of image capture devices » more
Photo & Imaging Market
The European imaging market, after contracting in early 2012 returned to growth in the second quarter. Sharp declines in the mainly southern European countries, which have been badly affected by the Eurozone crisis have been balanced out by continuing rapid growth in Eastern European countries. The increase in sales has largely been due to SLR and compact system cameras, while cheaper fixed lens cameras have been affected by mobile phones. It is likely that sales of imaging products in 2012 will be around the same level as in 2011 » more