In discussing memory cards, we were told that SecureDigital (SD) is the leading format and the price is settling at .07-cents per MB. Other information that could guide American retailers included the shift from cameraphones to regular digital cameras, decreasing margins, and the importance of photo books. GfK will be presenting market briefings at photokina in Cologne, Germany, this month.
Bradden Wondra, director, North Asia Region, Consumer Imaging Systems, Consumer Digital Imaging Group, Kodak (China) Investment Company Ltd., Beijing Branch, stressed “Kodak is committed to China.” The 8,000-plus Kodak Express stores and Digital Stations function under a hub-and-spoke model. The flagship store concept focuses on the semi-pro and includes creative portraits.
He all but confirmed the rumor that Kodak would be entering the consumer inkjet printer market. But for soft viewing of images, he said that IPTV China is the most advanced in the world and that more consumers will be viewing pictures on TV. Wondra also hyped the latest dual-lens model—the EasyShare V610, with a focal length range of 38-360mm, 6MP, and Bluetooth, allowing users to edit images in-camera and send wireless transfer to various devices. Just think: no card readers or USB cables needed.
Koelnmesse is dedicated to the Asia Pacific imaging market and is on a mission to establish new trade fairs, and to entice more global imaging companies to participate. Bob Leidlein, PMA Executive International Trade Exhibits, came in an effort to get Asian companies to exhibit at PMA next March in Las Vegas, and to help them obtain U.S. visas, which since has become more difficult since September 11. Due to his efforts, Leidlein reports that there will be a larger Chinese contingency at next year’s PMA.
Leidlein, this reporter, and other visitors couldn’t justify attending Imaging Expo without crossing the bridge to Pudong (Shanghai’s new section and the location of its international airport) to take in the 3,000 exhibitors at the International Advertising Technology and Equipment Exhibition. Here we saw the other side of imaging: inkjet printers, inks, media, display lighting, screen, signs, packaging, and finishing. This report can be found in PTN’s sister publication, Wide Format Imaging magazine.