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Trade News Reseller Park Celebrates 10 Years Exhibition space offers unique B2B opportunities for exhibitors IFA 2012 is a pivotal event for Jan Nintemann, as this is the year when he will celebrate the tenth anniversary of IFA’s Reseller Park. [ Interview by Bob Snyder ] Nintemann initially set up the concept in 1997, under the name Multimedia Home, and it was re-branded as the Reseller Park in 2003. By 2009, following rapid digital advances in mobile technology, Nintemann had separated the Reseller Park across two locations, with mobile and accessories in Hall 9, and CE in Hall 7.2. “The initial intention was to give a platform to companies who are working in the field of digital development for consumer electronics,” says Nintemann, owner of the trade fair project agency Global Fairs TT- Messe, and who has been active in the fields of telecommunications, mobile, information technologies, consumer electronics (CE) and digital imaging for over 25 years now. “Many of the smaller companies and start-ups are not large enough to have a big booth. Also, they may not want to focus on endusers. The Reseller Park gives these companies a B2B meeting point. It’s like an institution now at IFA, and the media promote the area very well. “And it really works,” Nintemann adds. “Our exhibitors are really happy as there is no risk for them exhibiting here, because this is an important centre for mobile business.” Nintemann says this has been a good year at the Reseller Park, but he expects the busiest days will be Monday and Tuesday, when the majority of visitors are B2B. Those days are very important for us. You have to be cleared to enter this area so it’s totally focused on B2B.” It’s a view echoed by Rhona Cashman, Public Relations Specialist with OtterBox, which produces high-end protective solutions for handheld devices. This is OtterBox’s third year at IFA but it’s the company’s first in the Reseller Park in Hall 9. “We moved to the Reseller Park because we wanted to meet with distribution partners, resale partners, buyers, and retailers and we believed through research they were coming and the Reseller Park is the place to meet them. And that’s certainly proved to be the case over the last few days.” Hall 9 Stand 101 Hall 7.2c Stand 101 Jan Nintemann Owner, Global Fairs TT Messe Voices from the Reseller Park Suzanne Hinderlink ENO “It’s good for us because we talk business-to-business, not to consumers, so it’s the perfect place for us. Monday and Tuesday are best. On the weekend you have a lot of consumers whereas on Monday and Tuesday it’s just B2B. We have made a lot of contacts but we only see the true effect of IFA at the end of the year. Sam Nas Managing Director, G&S Vision Ltd “I’ve been coming here for years. I’m here as a buyer but I’m actually thinking of having my own stand next year. The Reseller Park is very good for trends, for helping us to see into the future. We’re looking for new products, because going around this hall gives you ideas.” Ed Elliott-Square Sales Manager, IPT Because it’s B2B, it’s easier to focus. I’m looking for customers and I help them to network and meet each other. I’m a facilitator really, looking for customers and looking after existing customers. The Reseller Park is like a trading corridor. There are no end-users so it’s easier to focus. www.ifa-international.org IFA International • Tuesday 4 th September 2012 39

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