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Final Report Issued on photokina 2008



September 28, 2008-- After six days, the 30th photokina: World of Imaging concluded in Cologne on September 28, 2008. The international photo and imaging industry put on an amazing show in Cologne, as 1,523 companies from 49 countries presented a huge range of product innovations, thrilling the numerous specialist trade visitors and consumers in attendance.

As Koelnmesse Executive Vice President Oliver P. Kuhrt stated, photokina thus "reconfirmed its position as the undisputed number one global trade fair for the entire imaging industry. This result was largely due to the tremendous innovation potential displayed by the fair, as photokina showcased not only the latest products but also the technologies and trends that will have a major impact on the market in the coming years."

The fair generated a great deal of interest among international trade visitors and professional users from around the world, all of whom came to Cologne to learn more about the imaging technologies of tomorrow and new strategic approaches to the business.

With 66 percent of the exhibitors coming from abroad and a larger number of participating countries (2006: 46 nations), the international nature of the fair was also once again enhanced. If visitor estimates for the final day are included, the imaging sector's leading technology and trend show attracted more than 169,000 people to Cologne.

Highlights:

Some 1,523 exhibiting companies from 49 countries showcased their complete range of imaging products and services

More than 169,000 visitors from 161 nations viewed an impressive presentation by the international imaging industry

Vibrant ordering activity generated an outstanding mood among exhibitors

High-quality supporting program and the Visual Gallery impressed trade visitors and consumers

photokina brought the fascination of photography into the city of Cologne


   







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