GTI Asia Taipei – disappointing
The 19th GTI Asia Taipei Expo closed its doors for another year last week, but with disappointing results.
Official comment from the show’s organisers portrays a “large scale show” with plenty of new product on show. However, according to one international visitor InterGame spoke to, the show was two-thirds the size of last year’s event, which itself was two-thirds the size of the previous year.
“The show is definitely on it’s last legs,” said InterGame’s source. “There were hardly any international visitors and while there were posters everywhere advertising next year’s show, celebrating its 20th anniversary, there were no confirmed dates.” Last week’s show saw Taiwanese companies including IGS, Saint-Fun, Feiloli, InJoy Motion, Weche and Subsino to name just a few, support the show. While the international manufacturing scene was represented by the likes of Namco Bandai, Sega Amusements, Barron Games, MEI and Suzo-Happ.
Pictured from left to right a few of the international visitors that did attend the show: Marc-Antoine Pinard of Adrenaline Amusements, Greg Bacorn of Barron Games, Justin Burke of Sega Amusements Europe, Frank Ballouz and Gary Stern of Stern Pinball.
Amusement equipment company UNIS is to exhibit at the 12th ChinaJoy show in Shanghai from July 31 to August 3.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held earlier this month in Gangkou Town, Zhongshan City, starting work on what is to become a hub of the Chinese game and amusement industry.
According to the Spanish publication Azar, one of the most notable personalities from the Spanish coin machine industry, Juan Padrón, died on Sunday, aged 81.
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