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18. May 2017

The 2017 European MEDIA-TECH Conference in Hamburg on May 15 & 16, 2017

  • Annual members’ assembly of the MEDIA-TECH Association took place on May 15, 2017
  • Sven Deutschmann was elected to become a member of the Executive Board
  • Vinyl & Ultra HD Blu-ray had been the main topics of the 2017 conference

Hamburg, 18.05.2017 – The members of the MEDIA-TECH Association (MEDIA-TECH) met on May 15 in Hamburg during the 2017 European MEDIA-TECH Conference for their first annual members’ assembly. Topics of discussion included the further changes in the media landscape and the re-election of one executive board member.

Frank Hartwig, Chairman of MEDIA-TECH Association: “During the MEDIA-TECH Association Member Meeting in Hamburg, Sven Deutschmann (Chief Executive Officer of Sonopress GmbH, Gütersloh, Germany) was elected to become a member of the Executive Board of the MEDIA-TECH Association. We appreciate very much that with Sonopress one of the major players of our industry is active in the Executive Board”.

Frank Hartwig (Chief Executive Officer of CDA GmbH, Suhl, Germany) as chairman of the Association, Michael Hosp (Chief Executive Officer of kdg mediatech, Elbigenalp, Austria) as well as Dieter Lubberich, (VP Distribution Operations Sony DADC International), Sylvia Hitzel (Vice President Marketing & Sales of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, Kahl/Main, Germany) and Bryan Ekus (General Manager of Colonial Purchasing, USA) remain in their position in the executive board of the MEDIA-TECH Association.

After a successful conference in Hamburg which took place on May 15 and May 16 in 2017, the members agreed that such an event still represents an excellent forum for information exchange as well as face to face networking in the industry. The event covered the latest market developments and all aspects starting with Vinyl, optical media and highlighting new technologies like UltraHD TV & Blu-ray.

Sven Deutschmann, Sonopress: “We at Sonopress see a constant change in consumer lifestyle products and we expect that demand for 4K Ultra HD content will grow significantly.

The new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc offers the best viewing experiences and we think that Ultra HD Blu-ray marks the High-End quality standard for Home Entertainment.”

Megan Page, Record Store Day UK: “Vinyl now accounts for 14% of the total albums market and 40 new independent record shops opened in 2016. Vinyl sales surpassed £65m in the UK. No signs of Vinyl sales declining – The 2017 Q1 showed another 30% increase year on year”.

Alban Pingeot, Chairman & Managing Director MPO: “The future of the physical distribution will be decisive. Young consumers look for digital quality. What we need is the same street date: Streaming – CD – and Vinyl. We appreciate that the MEDIA-TECH Conference covers now all physical formats including Vinyl”.

Michal Štěrba, President GZ Media: “Vinyl is back and attracts a lot of attention. Product quality is and will be more and more important for the future success and the MEDIA-TECH Conference 2017 was the perfect place to discuss the challenges for our industry!”

About MEDIA-TECH Association
MEDIA-TECH was founded in 2001 to improve the representation of the interests of machine and device manufacturers of optical data storage devices. As an industrial association, MEDIA-TECH offers companies of the storage media industry a platform to exchange ideas, market developments and future trends in the field of optical data storage for prerecorded and recordable storage media such as Vinyl, CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.