A delegation of the City of Cologne, Koelnmesse and the association of the photo industry (PIV) recently visited Tokyo, Japan. The Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, Gerald Böse, and the Chairman of the PIV, Kai Hillebrandt, were warmly welcomed at a celebratory reception in the German Embassy in Tokyo by Ambassador Ina Lepel and high-ranking company representatives. At the meeting, top exhibitors of photokina confirmed their commitment to photokina 2020 in a personal discussion.
“For many years, photokina has been the ideal platform for us to present our product innovations. The Imaging industry is facing big changes and challenges these days. In 2020, we will also be coming to Cologne with big expectations in the new photokina format and are looking forward to contributing with great innovations,” says Yosuke Yamane, Director Smart Life Network Business Division, Panasonic.
Go Tokura, Chief Executive Officer Image Communication Business Operations at Canon confirms: “As the imaging industry is at a significant turning point, we expect photokina to be a leading show of the worldwide photo and imaging industry. Canon is eager to introduce new products and concept products at photokina, thereby contributing to the industry’s success.”
Yosuke Aoki, Senior General Manager of the Marketing Division at Sony Imaging Products & Solutions shares these positive expectations: “Sony is very glad to be part of Photokina again next year. Photokina 2020 gives us the opportunity to present our latest innovations and to maintain a direct dialog with all Digital Imaging Lovers. Sony is looking forward to seeing you all in Cologne.”
“Japanese companies have decisively shaped the development of imaging technologies, just as they have also shaped the leading trade fair of the industry, photokina, for almost 70 years,” says Böse. “In this time, we have mastered many challenges together, because the enthusiasm for images continues unabated. We are currently once again facing major changes. Which is why I am all the more pleased to have received many positive signals during this trip, showing how important photokina remains for industry representatives here in Japan.”