China International Imaging and Photographic Equipment Fair to be Held in July

SHANGHAI, China, July 4 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — As one of the leading trade imaging fairs, Imaging Expo China/Interphoto Shanghai 2006 will be held at INTEX Shanghai from July 13-16, 2006. Germany and China is again working together to host the big event of China’s Imaging and Photographic Equipment industry and to enhance the communication and cooperation between related parties.

Latest registration figures show that about 200 companies from 20 countries and regions, including China, Germany, the United States, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia will be presenting their products and services throughout the 12,000 square meters of exhibition space. And the number of companies taking part in the German group already exceeds last year’s figure, with twelve companies registered so far, including three suppliers that are making their debut at the fair.

It is predicted that over 62,000 overseas and domestic trade visitors will be participating in this fair including distributors, wholesalers, photo equipment retailers and professional users, as well as representatives of retail chains and the press.

This exhibition is hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Shanghai Sub-council, Shanghai World Expo (Group) Co., Ltd, Shanghai Photographers’ Association and Koelnmesse GmbH, and is organized by Shanghai International Exhibition Co., Ltd. and Koelnmesse Pte Ltd.

Statistics shows that China now has 10 million specialized photographers and the photographic amateurs, with the figure increasing progressively year by year; China already has the largest photographic troop in the world. The specialized and amateur photographer community in China has been the driving force for photography photograph industry. The continuous demand for International brands and high tech products will bring the huge sale potential for the international photographic image market. According to the related forecast, the sales volume of digital cameras in China in 2006 will increase by 32%, based on 5,300,000 in 2005.

Imaging Expo China/Interphoto Shanghai 2006 will cover Cameras, Camera equipment/accessories, Camera lenses and filters, equipment and systems for photo finishing, films and storage media, imaging input and output (scanners & printers), imaging software and hardware, mobile imagery, order handling/photo finishing, photographic studio equipment, projection and presentation and slide-techniques and accessories. World leading imaging and photographic equipment companies like Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Mitsubishi and Sony will be joining together with domestic giants Benro, Dec, Jinbei, Judefu, Yongjiang, Doli, Ning Xia Xiao Niu, Sophia to take part in this fair.

Upon the request and interest from consumers, organizers will set July 15 and 16 as public days in addition to the trade visitor days on July 13 and 14, which aims to equip general consumers with first hand industry information and latest development trends.

During the fair, organizers have teamed up with GfK and Photo Imaging News to host seminars focusing on the international imaging market as well as Asia’s imaging market and its future development. Fujifilm China and Kodak will also be showcasing the latest trends in photofinishing and studio technology.

About Shanghai International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (SIEC)

Shanghai International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (SIEC) is jointly invested by Shanghai World Expo (Group) Co., Ltd. and the Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Shanghai. The SIEC was founded on July 1st, 1984 with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation and the People’s Government of Shanghai Municipality.

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