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U.S., Japanese Photo Association Execs to Address PIE 2008 in Tokyo



TOKYO, Japan, 21 November, 2007 – Ted Fox, the Executive Director of the Photo Marketing Association International, and Zenren, President of the Japan Federation of Photo Retailers, lead a growing list of photo industry experts who will speak at PIE2008, March 19-22 at the ultra-modern Tokyo “Big Sight” International Exhibition Center, show management firm Fuji Sankei Business i announced today.

PIE2008, which has grown in just three years from a national trade show into a “super-regional” consumer/professional exposition and conference, is now the largest photo trade fair in Asia. For 2008, the show – whose theme is: Experience It Yourself! The Power of Photos, The Future of Imaging – is anticipating more than 120,000 attendees who will view the offerings of up to 200 exhibitors (many of them from overseas) covering 250,000 square feet of floor space, show organizers said.

“We’re very pleased to have Mr. Fox and Mr. Zenren address our Photo Imaging EXPO show, two leaders in our industry who will provide a lot of valuable information to our show attendees,” said Takashi Ishihara of Fuji Sankei Business i, the show’s management firm. “Participation by Mr. Fox and Mr. Zenren serves as further evidence of PIE2008’s growing appeal among international exhibitors and visitors.”

Ted Fox, who has been associated with PMAI for 25 years, will discuss emerging imaging trends in the U.S. photo markets and their anticipated impacts on the global photo industry. Zenren, a long-time veteran of the Japanese photo industry, will touch on similar topics with respect to advances in Japan’s imaging industry.

In order to accommodate an increasing number of overseas exhibitors, PIE2008 is setting aside meeting and work space in Tokyo “Big Sight” especially for their use. In addition, organizers said, PIE2008 will sponsor an evening “get acquainted” reception exclusively for overseas exhibitors. At the reception, they can interact with trade press, industry analysts, an assortment of Japanese buyers and business representatives, and officials of PIE2008 and other industry association from the Pacific Rim.

Also for 2008, the show will feature a Business Zone, designed to meet the specific needs of new imaging businesses and their exhibit visitors. A new Stage Performance Zone has been designed for exhibitor demonstrations to larger audiences. And a record number of business seminars are part of the four-day program, show organizers said.

PIE2008 is sponsored by four leading Japanese photo industry associations: Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), Photo-Sensitized Materials Manufacturers’ Association, Japan Color-Photo Finishers’ Association (JCFA), and Japan Photo and Video Accessory Association.

A comprehensive program of seminars, symposiums and panel discussions on new trends and technologies in the photo industry, as well as international exhibitions of photographs and a photo contest, will be featured at the trade fair. Also, PIE2008 plans to offer:

· workshops on picture-taking techniques and the use of various photo accessories

· Kids’ Corner: entertaining hands-on events with family picture-taking in mind

· “themed’ exhibition corners covering a range of business imaging applications

· a special exhibit of photo artifacts provided by the JCII Camera Museum

· presentations of new photo technologies by the Society of Photographic Science & Technology of Japan

PIE2008 represents the fourth year for this trade fair, which combines the various shows previously organized separately by the four sponsor associations. More than 120,000 visitors from Asia, Europe and the Americas are expected to attend, occupying East Halls 4-6 of the Tokyo “Big Sight” International Exhibition Center. Exhibit space is still available. Show organizers are currently offering discount pricing for first-time exhibitors.

Show Dates and Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, March 19-22, 2008 Trade fair floor open: 10:00 to 17:00 each day

About The Sponsoring Associations

There are four sponsoring associations, covering all segments of the Japanese photo and imaging industry – such image input devices as cameras, film and other photo-sensitized materials, photofinishing services and photo accessories. Each association is composed of manufacturers and some distributors. They provide their members with publications, market research and analysis, data collection and statistical preparation, as well as trade exhibits and wide range of business services for their industry segment. About Fuji Sankei Business

Fuji Sankei Business i is a Fuji Sankei Group company that manages trade shows and publishes a daily newspaper covering the economy and business with a circulation of more than 160,000. The Fuji Sankei Group is the largest media group in Japan, consisting of 100 companies and 10,000 employees – including Fuji Television, Japan’s largest TV network, and Sankei Newspaper, a daily newspaper with a circulation exceeding 2 million.


   







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