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Between Innovation and Inspiration

Five months prior to the start of photokina 2018, the announced redesign is increasingly taking on a concrete shape. All technology leaders from the core segments are at the starting gates, ready to show their latest products at photokina, and to in this way demonstrate their capacity for innovation. The first companies from new target segments like mobile imaging have confirmed their participation. The Imaging Lab presents the future of imaging and opens up new perspectives for investors, professionals and private visitors equally. Only a few steps away is DIGILITY, which examines the applicability of and the perspectives for digital technologies in the industry as a B2B event for digital reality. The entire design of photokina 2018 was subordinated to the ambition of optimising the result and the experience for all target groups – a balancing act between organisation, innovation and inspiration.

"We have taken all of our target groups into consideration for the redesigning of photokina. We are bound to fulfill the expectations of industry, trade and professionals equally to those of enthusiasts and beginners. That is the balancing act we need to master in order to have a successfull event", explains Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer Koelnmesse. "For our exhibitors, an appearance at photokina involves enormous effort and expenditure. For this they deserve maximum attention from potential customers and the public spotlight.“

photokina will in future present itself as more complete, more virtual and more ingenious. Themes like mobile photography and image processing, the social networks as a presentation space, images generated by computers, artificial intelligence or the manner in which imaging technologies are already now influencing and will in future continue to influence our everyday routine affect all target groups of photokina.

The organisational parameters that have been adapted for photokina 2018 include the streamlining of product worlds. The themes of CAPTURING UNLIMITED, LIGHTING UNLIMITED, PRESENTING UNLIMITED, CREATING UNLIMITED already introduced in 2016, and the newest theme of DISCOVERING UNLIMITED will in future improve orientation on the fair grounds. The exhibitors will be placed according to their core business. This means that especially trade visitors will benefit from a more efficient trade fair experience. An area has been created especially for specialist traders in hall 2.1.

Ideal environment for new concepts
Many futuristic themes have found their place in the Imaging Lab in hall 5.1. With the special area, an ideal environment for the presentation of new concepts and business ideas has been created. Young companies, research institutions and technology leaders present the products and services here that could characterise the future of imaging. Around 50 companies will present themselves as exhibitors, partners or sponsors in the Imaging Lab, in the immediate vicinity of DIGILITY. For start-ups, hall 5.1 is the ideal point for entering the international world of imaging.

"We support the Imaging Lab as a partner because it is important to ease the path of young companies into our industry“, explains Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of Photo Industry Association, industry sponsor of photokina. "photokina is our most important communication and business platform, and offers the unique chance to demonstrate our capacity for innovation as an entire industry. In this way we hope in future to be perceived even more strongly by other industry branches as a potential and potent partner."

HONOR is the first smartphone manufacturer to confirm its participation as an exhibitor of photokina. In the Mobile Imaging Lounge, also in hall 5.1, the Chinese company will present its current models and demonstrate the usability of the innovative AI function in workshops.

Focus on the product experience
Represented in their entirety are the technology leaders of the imaging industry (see PR 5 from 18 April 2018). Canon, Carl Zeiss, Cewe, Epson, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony and Tamron are using the world's leading trade fair for the introduction of new products and services to an international public. Traders, professional users and private visitors can hold, test, compare and especially experience cameras, equipment, applications and print products from a variety of providers. In the age of global online shopping, photokina is acquiring new significance as an independent sales and communication platform in Europe.

It should also serve as a source of inspiration. Events like the Olympus Perspective Playground in hall 1 or the "New Power to the Creators" project with Pavel Kaplun encourage giving full scope to one's creativity - with the help of outstanding technology and the support of pros. More photokina stages than ever before are showing individual programmes and enabling a dialogue with the products at both the technical and content levels. Even pros and visitors to photokina of many years will acquire new perspectives on their work equipment and the business they work in from photography legends like Greg Gorman. Beginners are offered entertaining access to complex technology.

Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility: Koelnmesse is an international leader in organising trade fairs in the Digital Media, Entertainment and Mobility segments. Trade fairs like photokina, dmexco, gamescom, INTERMOT and THE TIRE COLOGNE are established as leading international trade fairs and are being expanded by future-oriented formats like DIGILITY. Koelnmesse not only organises trade fairs in these areas in Cologne, but also in other growth markets like, for example, China, Singapore and Thailand, which have different areas of focus and content. These global activities offer customers of Koelnmesse tailor-made events in different markets, which guarantee sustainable and international business.

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