IFA Global Markets, Europe’s one-of-a-kind opportunity for manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers officially opened for business on September 3 at STATION-Berlin. Spread across four days, the unique event brings IFA suppliers, component manufacturers, OEMs and ODMs into contact with customers and partners from the consumer electronics and home appliances industries.
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place with special guests Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer Messe Berlin, and Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu, joined by Miss IFA to do the honours.
In addition to a packed marketplace of international companies, IFA Global Markets is also hosting a series of “Expert Talks” involving some of the most accomplished international buyers in consumer electronics, consumer IT and home appliances.
Speaking to IFA International, IFA director Jens Heithecker said: “In our industries, there is a huge network of suppliers behind our brands. So we needed a specialised B2B event like IFA Global Markets for suppliers to OEM and ODM companies. It is essential to re ect and consider the needs of this important segment.”
Although the event is only in its second year, Heithecker said it is sold out. “The important thing for us now is to ensure the right quality of visitors and activities,” he added.
Participants at IFA Global Markets showcase on- demand solutions and technologies in addition to consumer electronics and home appliances. International buyers attending include Tobias Redlin, managing director of iGo3D; Rebecca Fuchs, head of Retail Sales at Nimans; and Mike Lange, MD of wireless smart home solutions distributor Z-Wave Europe.
Photo: Jens Heithecker, IFA Executive Director; Dr Alexander Pett, CEO of gfu Consumer & Home Electronics; Hans-Joachim Kamp Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu Consumer & Home Electronics; Miss IFA; Dr Christian Göke, Messe Berlin CEO and Dirk Koslowski, IFA Senior Executive Manager (left to right)