Event: IFA 2020 Special Edition – Day 2 Industry Press Conferences

IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) is into its second day in Berlin press conferences by a slew of industry participants.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Day 2 of IFA 2020 Special Edition (3-5 September) in Berlin.

Here’s a sampling of what industry leaders shared today.

Dr. IP Park, President & CTO, LG Electronics shared that it has achieved a milestone in its developments in smart home living because “with this level of digital integration, we’re really beginning to build an evolving, connected and open eco-system of smart products and services that can deliver so much more than the sum of its parts – going above and beyond device-level thinking to unlock a whole new world of potential at the system-level.”

“We really need to make sure we understand the shocks to come in this market. What are we going to do to be vigilant to understand the next wave and how we might react and how we are going to put our teams in a position where they can make better decisions,” said Sean O’Neill, Chief Product Officer at GfK.

Matthias Ginthum, CMO BSH Hausgeräte envisaged that “we at BSH want to be the first company in our industry to neutralize the direct carbon dioxide emissions of all our locations worldwide.”

For Frederic Langin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, TCL Europe; TCL’s mission is “to make life intelligent with innovative technology to make our customers’ lives easier and smarter.”

Looking forward, Yannick Fierling, CEO Haier revealed that “Haier will introduce new solutions – based on an ecosystem built from the Internet of Things – for turning the group vision of Smart Home and Smart Living into reality.”

“Today, I am pleased to announce that we are bringing our all scenario smart life strategy to the next level. We will upgrade your productivity, creativity, connectivity and entertainment experiences, expand your smart life” and “From outdoor watches to all-rounder PCs, we are empowering young people to reinvent their smart life and expand the way they approach fitness, creativity, productivity and everyday entertainment,” said George Zhao, President of HONOR Global.

For Manish Pant, CEO & Executive Vice President Home & Distribution Division Schneider electric; he sees “the need to start to make homes not only smart but also sustainable and the urgency of the same has increased with the current crisis… We are now linking the electric world and the digital world. This is Wiser.”

In the meantime, Georg Walkenbach, Managing Director, Beurer GmbH wants us to “experience the power of the sea at home with maremed, the patented technology that creates a natural-identical seaside climate.”

Dr Reinhard Zinkann, Executive Director and Co-Proprietor of the Miele Group intimated that “The Miele Group has coped quite well with this challenging year so far. In fact, at the midpoint of the year our sales were actually almost 2 per cent higher than those in the first half of 2019.”

“Our commitment to innovation is demonstrated through our seamless, AI strategy and how it applies in Europe. It is also important to underline our commitment to our European operations, employees, relationships, designers, developers and other partners, as well as our commitment to the millions of European customers who choose and trust Huawei technology,” said Walter Ji, President of Huawei Consumer BG, Europe; in an interview.

Michael Cole, President and CEO Hyundai Motor Europe shared that the company was “making strategic investments in smaller fast-moving companies that will help Hyundai become more of a tech company rather than just a car company.”

SHIFT Mobility this year is a forum for global insights and ideas on the future of mobility, both on site and via streaming and virtual events.

Topping the list of speakers, Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller, spoke about future challenges, such as global warming, shared insights into the exciting journey that his company has started and also talked about how they have successfully made a comeback as part of Groupe PSA.

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