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Preview Edition - IFA

I FA international Official Daily News Source f or International Visitors at IFA Hall 3.1/103 Hall 3.2/134 Hall 21 / 104 preview edition Monday 27 th August 2012 Hall 21/101 The Market Dynamo IFA 2012 – set to break all records... again! Organisers of the world’s premier Consumer Lifestyle event – IFA Berlin – are predicting record numbers of international trade visitors and press at the 2012 edition of the event. The increasing pace of innovation, the keen interest shown by exhibitors and the media, and enthusiastic consumers all provide grounds for renewed optimism. Worldwide growth of 3-5% is forecast for the consumer electronics and home appliance market in 2012. Indeed, the gfu and Messe Berlin have sold out all display space at this year’s event, and are hard at work on constructing new halls for future editions. IFA will again be Industry Trends Ever larger TV screens with crystal-clear images and brilliant colours, in 3D with or without glasses, is just one of the trends in consumer electronics. Flat, light, fast and high performance ultrabooks, tablet PCs, smartphones and the networking of an increasing number of CE, IT and TC devices, in the “the gfu and Messe Berlin have sold out all display space at this year’s event” demonstrating the “ubiquity of the digital revolution” bringing manufacturers, the trade and the public together in a unique way, providing an unprecedented diversity of digital content and constant communication. Read page 7 home and on the move, are among the other significant trends. Read our Special Preview Feature on Page 19 Contents 06 > NEWS 13 > conference & events preview 16 > exclusive Interviews 18 > market & technology trends 19 > special feature home sweet home 23 > ifa sneak peek 35 > SPOTLIGHT ON EUROPE 39 > Green Page 41 > Trade News 44 > The Diary of Miss IFA 45 > Where to Go in Berlin "By visiting IFA, we are thus better able to decide how we should develop our business concepts." See page 41 trade news Stefan De Prycker Country Managing Director, Media Markt - Saturn Belgium EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS Maarten de Vries Chief Executive Officer, TP Vision "From the Philips side, we are bringing with us a very strong and long history of retail relationships." See page 16 Dr. Rainer Hecker Chairman of the gfu "..connectivity and networking are combined with both the dynamic development of the TV sector and with smartphone and tablet-makers." See page 6

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