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August 23, 2018

IFA 2018: Smart in every respect

IFA remains a driving force for growth and innovation – Display areas fully occupied – Home Appliances@IFA celebrates its tenth anniversary – The success story of IFA Global Markets continues – IFA NEXT with even more innovations – NEW: Debut for Shift AUTOMOTIVE – IFA Festival in the Summer Garden

Berlin, 23 August 2018 –This year’s IFA is booked up and boasts two fully occupied exhibition areas: the entire Berlin Exhibition Grounds as well as IFA Global Markets (for trade visitors only) at STATION Berlin on Gleisdreieck are full up for 2018. In its role as the World’s Leading Trade Show for Consumer and Home Electronics IFA 2018 again underlines the event’s unique global standing.

Boasting a wealth of innovative, smart new products, the world’s leading brands are once again showcasing their latest technology highlights: intelligent and interconnected home appliances, artificial intelligence and TVs featuring an even better picture quality are just some of the big trends at IFA 2018.

This year, in its role as an innovative force for growth in the consumer electronics and home appliance markets IFA will continue to expand and build on its standing as an international platform and meeting place. Furthermore, IFA has long established itself as the world’s largest trade show for home appliances, and this year the industry is celebrating its tenth participation in the event. Since the launch of Home Appliances@IFA 2008 the number of companies exhibiting small and major domestic appliances has trebled.

“IFA’s success is impressive proof of the show’s long-term ability to make forward-looking decisions and target specific audiences. Home appliance and consumer electronics products and markets are converging all the time. IFA was unique in recognizing this trend at an early stage. The resultant success shows it has become the world’s leading platform for both markets. IFA is perfectly positioned to write another chapter in this unique success story. IFA does not follow short-term trends. Its strength lies instead in a clearly defined role, in which it fully satisfies the demands of exhibitors, retailers, trade visitors, the media and the public“, said Hans-Joachim Kamp, chairman of the board of gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH, the organizers of IFA.

This year IFA NEXT, the innovation hub at IFA, is taking place for the second time and has almost doubled its floor space in Hall 26. It also features a second stage for presenting products, technology and innovations. In short, in 2018 IFA NEXT boasts an even wider range of topics and program of events, and with 125 startups from 21 countries will present more innovations than ever before. Thus, at IFA 2018 startups, entrepreneurs and designers will have even more space for their creative and forward-looking ideas.

This year, voice recognition and artificial intelligence are key topics at IFA NEXT. The House of Smart Living, an installation that sets the standard for connected living, will bring this topic closer to visitors: be it the coffee machine, digital media or energy management, everything reacts to voice commands, while a background learning process ensures machines automatically adapt every system to users’ needs. The House of Smart Living is part of a combined presentation organized by ZVEI, VDE and ZVEH (under the aegis of ZVEH – the German Association of Electrical and IT Professions).

IFA NEXT is also setting the tone with a wide range of topics. This is the first time the Shift AUTOMOTIVE convention will be taking place there, featuring keynotes, panel discussions and motivational speeches on the future of networked mobility. Shift AUTOMOTIVE puts consumers’ needs first and shows how new technology is changing people’s lives, thinking and the way they travel. “For us, Coinnovation is the interplay of different industries, such as Shift AUTOMOTIVE, where car manufacturers and electronics companies jointly discuss the challenges of the future of mobility“, said Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

As well as the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, which in 2018 are exclusively reserved for product brands, IFA is again occupying 20,000 square meters of additional exhibition space at STATION Berlin, near Potsdamer Platz. From 2 to 5 September at the marketplace that is IFA Global Markets, which is open exclusively to trade visitors, suppliers, component manufacturers and OEMs/ODMs will be meeting customers and business partners from the consumer and home electronics markets.

“IFA Global Markets will present a selection of the most innovative components and software solutions. They represent a vital basis for globally successful product specifications in the consumer and home electronics markets and consequently for IFA as well. We are delighted to have established IFA Global Markets as the largest and most important European sourcing market and as a significant part of IFA”, said Jens Heithecker, director of IFA.

Industry trends
Visitors to this year’s IFA will be able to admire screens with a resolution of 8k, flexible displays that can be rolled up like a window blind, large video walls that use a combination of red, green and blue luminous diodes to produce each spot of color, and new HDR technology. The ongoing development of voice commands is another exciting area, and virtual assistants utilizing such systems will become an established feature of many more types of equipment: in a “traditional” form in televisions, sound systems, soundbars and headphones, as well as in an increasing number of small and major domestic appliances.

Developments taking place in the home appliance sector will include the ever-increasing interconnectedness of various electrical appliances, resulting in products that are even smarter and more multifaceted. This year such developments will bring further improvements to the already high level of functionality of interconnected appliances. Interconnected devices can exchange information and register personal habits. Equipped with this information they can then suggest and implement improvements and optimizations. In this way the users of interconnected devices can save time as well as benefiting from increased capacities and resources. They can also receive a wealth of advice, for example, about saving energy or clothing care, as well as new recipes and new ways of preparing meals.
Consequently, in the fields of consumer electronics and home appliances, the two dominant trends of voice control and artificial intelligence (AI) in particular will have a far-reaching influence on IFA 2018.

Positive development of the German market during the first half of the year

During the first half of 2018 the market for home electronics products remained at the previous year’s level. Between January and June 2018, collectively the areas of consumer electronics and of small and major domestic appliances achieved a sales volume of approximately 19.3 billion euros.

During the first half of 2018 sales in consumer electronics rose slightly by 0.3 per cent to around 12.6 billion euros, which is also comparable with the previous year’s figure. Sales in the privately used telecommunications sector rose by 11.2 per cent to around 5.5 billion euros. In contrast, there was a decline in sales of consumer electronics items (- 8.9 %; 4.2 bi. euros) and of privately used IT products (- 3.5 %; 2.9 bi. euros). However, in these sectors increases were recorded in sales of loudspeaker cabinets, audio/video accessories, smartphones, wearables, desktop and tablet PCs as well as monitors.

The home electrical appliance sector revealed a number of different developments: sales of major domestic appliances fell by two per cent to just under 4.3 billion euros, while there was a slight increase in sales of small domestic appliances of 0.4 per cent to approximately 2.4 billion euros. The market for major appliances during the first six months was driven by tumble driers, fridge/freezer combinations No Frost A+++ and hobs with a built-in extractor unit. Among small domestic appliances there was a very positive increase in sales of deep fryers with convection heating, hand-held vacuum cleaners, robot vacuum cleaners and wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners.

This year’s IFA will once again provide a positive impetus for international and domestic markets. For 2018 as a whole the market for home electronics products is expected to remain stable at the same level as last year. With its impressive combination of products IFA paves the way for successful business expansion.

IFA Festival in the Summer Garden
IFA 2018 offers visitors a fascinating world of innovation, fun and excitement. The exhibition halls will be bustling with numerous stars and up-and-coming names from the world of TV and the media, while the IFA Summer Garden has a colorful program of music events for every taste.

Tickets to Oli Schulz & Wanda (30 Aug. 2018), Fritz DeutschPoeten (31 Aug. and 01 Sept.), James Blunt (02 Sept.) and the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band featuring Till Brönner (04 Sept.) can be purchased online or from selected outlets. Concert tickets are also valid for a day at IFA, so that visitors to the IFA Summer Garden can also enjoy a fascinating day at the show.

IFA Summer Garden events:

Wanda and Olli Schulz
Thursday, 30 Aug. 2018, Berlin | IFA Summer Garden, exhibition grounds
Doors open: 5.30 p.m., event starts: 6.30 p.m.
Tickets from € 39, plus applicable charges, are available from eventim.de and all the usual outlets.

Fritz Deutschpoeten 2018 – Kontra K, Bausa and Megaloh
Friday, 31 Aug. 2018, Berlin | IFA Summer Garden, exhibition grounds
Day tickets for Friday, 31 Aug. 2018 costing € 39.50, plus applicable charges, are available exclusively from eventim.de and fritzdeutschpoeten.com.

Fritz Deutschpoeten 2018 – Clueso, SDP, Romano, Eunique, BRETT, JORIS and FIBEL
Saturday, 01 Sept. 2018, Berlin | IFA Summer Garden, exhibition grounds
Day tickets for Saturday, 01 Sept. 2018, costing € 43.50, plus applicable charges, are available exclusively from eventim.de and fritzdeutschpoeten.com. Tickets are also valid for admission to IFA on 31 Aug. or 01 Sept.

James Blunt
Sunday, 02 Sept. 2018, Berlin | IFA Summer Garden, exhibition grounds
presented by 104.6 RTL
Doors open: 5 p.m., event starts: 6.30 p.m.
Tickets from € 43.50, plus applicable charges, are available from eventim.de and all the usual outlets.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band featuring Till Brönner
Tuesday, 04 Sept. 2018, Berlin | IFA Summer Garden, exhibition grounds
Doors open: 4 p.m., event starts: 5.30 p.m.
Tickets are also valid for admission to IFA on 04 Sept. 2018. Tickets for seated areas are available from all the usual concert ticket outlets.

The Summer Garden is open for concerts only during IFA, the World’s Leading Trade Show for Consumer and Home Electronics.

About IFA Berlin
IFA is the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. It will take place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds (ExpoCenter City) from 31 August to 5 September 2018. Alongside the event, IFA Global Markets will take place from 2 to 5 September at Station Berlin, bringing together buyers and OEMs / ODMs at Europe’s largest sourcing show for the electronics sector. www.ifa-berlin.com