ELO has developed a ‘new and unique touch technology’ – Acoustic Pulse Recognition. Elo told InterGame: “APR technology combines the best of other touch technologies, providing a whole new set of benefits that were only partially achieved before. Elo is initially launching APR poker technology directed at the retail and restaurant point of sale market. Elo’s 1529L 15ins desktop touch monitors will be available for purchase from autumn.
MAGGI and Maggi UK, whose parent company is in Milan, Italy, has moved into larger premises in Bolton, UK. The cash handling expert has employed more people and increased its product range. Its new operation is a 7,000sq.ft purpose-built facility that replaces its previous three smaller buildings. This enables the firm’s engineers to produce its cash handling devices, processor units and power supplies for AWPs more efficiently.
GAMEXPO, September 12-14, 2006, has a new venue. In last few years, Avex-Team, the organizer, had found it difficult to fit all exhibitors into the Syma Hall. Thankfully, the Syma building now has three new pavilions ad has been re-named the Syma Sport and Event Centre. Gamexpo, will be held in its largest pavilion, the ‘A’ Hall. Its size is 8,000sq,m with 7,300 sq.m. usable exhibition space.
DESPITE e-gambling being forbidden in Poland, it is being advertised by a Polish football star. Celtic’s Maciej Zurawski became the face of Bet24’s ad campaign in June. In Poland, however, using the portal is illegal and punishable by up to two year’s imprisonment. “This is also breaking the fiscal code,” said Tomasz from the appealing public prosecutor’s office in Wroclaw. With thanks to www.e-play-pl.
SEGA JAPAN’S PLUSH RANGE IS US-BOUND
SEGA Japan has announced new Disney plush and plastic toys for cranes, amusement centres and redemption locations in the US. Sega Corporation has held the Disney license to manufacture plush and toys in Japan for over 10 years, and now the US market can look forward to similar unique styles of beloved Disney Characters for their amusement locations.
The new Disney line announcement comes at an especially fortuitous time. It is scheduled to release right in line with the company’s new UFO Catcher, a brand new crane machine that is “out of this world.” Sega UFO Catcher is a two-player cabinet that comes with three different claw sizes to pick up different sizes of plush, and a stable, steady. A special plush programme and even exclusive pieces will be available for Sega UFO Catchers operators only. “Our Disney Plush Sega UFO Catcher have experienced success at our test sites,” remarked Dave Cane, VP of merchandise sales. “The response when we debuted both at the ASI Show in Chicago in March was incredible.”
Max Box kiosks taken by UK supermarket chain
UK supermarket chain Kwik Save has chosen to adopt Felix’s Max Box digital kiosks as part of a wider makeover of many of its UK stores. Kwik Save, which earlier this year was acquired from some field by BBTF, currently has over 180 stores nationwide. The Max Box is an interactive kiosk that includes an ATM (which also dispenses sales promotion vouchers), mobile phone top-up and mobile downloads (ringtones, wallpapers and games), instant digital photo-printing, free customer broadband (via Wi-Fi) and Felix’s unique Everyone’s A Winner redemption vending system.
Western European NEWS
IMA SHOW TO RETURN TO GERMANY IN 2007
After several months of indecision, one of Europe’s premier trade shows has a new date set. IMA will be held in Dusseldorf on January 16-18, 2007. The big German show, which has strong international characteristics, attracting many visitors from central and eastern Europe, was not held in 2006. The German street market was at last given a new set of regulations to update its ageing AWP legislation towards the end of 2005. It was immediately recognized that the January 2006 slot for the show would be inoperable as machines for the new legislation would have to pass the PTB testing process and none would have been dealt with by that date.Initially, it was hoped to run a show in mid-summer, but the processing of AWPs was never going to achieve a rate to provide a meaningful display and the potential dates became too close to the January 2007 slot. Exhibitors were given the opportunity to vote for a city venue, as the previous location, Nurnberg, was not popular. Eventually Dusseldorf came out just ahead of Cologne as the popular choice.
Many German operators visited the London ATEI in January of this year with no IMA show but the organizers, Reed Exhibitions, do not expect that this will have damaged IMA for 2007. The new venue and the new regulations for Germany should give the show its strongest representation for many years. It is also expected that the uplift in the German market from the new law will result in many international poker companies taking an interest in the German domestic scene, so the number of foreign exhibitors should be considerably increased.
European gambling briefing creates debate
One hundred and fifty gaming professionals gathered for Clarion ATE’s second annual European Gambling Briefing in Brussels, Belgium, recently. The scene was set for two days of debate as industry players both for and against greater gaming controls came together. Wes Himes, chair on day one, opened the conference with the remark that at the moment there is an ‘unprecedented change in the legal scene in Europe.’ He then introduced the day’s opening speakers, Jacques Toubon and Christofer Fjellner, both MEPs who have a strong interest in the gaming issue.
Suzo Happ Group acquires Mazzco
Happ has acquired Mazzco, a major parts distribution company within the amusement, vending, billiard and gaming poker industries since 1984. The combined company is a global leader in manufacture and distribution of amusement and gaming parts and accessories, with nearly 400 employees in 14 locations serving customers in over 80 countries. Pfingsten Partners is the majority shareholder.
“This is a another strategic move which will enhance our global leadership position in the amusement and gaming parts and accessories market,” said Jim Norton, managing director of fingsten Partners and chairman of Suzo-Happ Group. “The continued investment in our business is further evidence of our commitment to exceeding our customers expectations by providing value added solutions to the marketplace,” added Tom Happ, president of HAPP North America.
* Germany : In 2005 the compound business volume of the Gauselmann Group companies totaled € 1.4bn, with fully consolidated revenues of € 686m. At the end of the fiscal year 2005 the headcount of the company was 5.625 worldwide and ever since its inception it has sold more than two million gaming products around the globe. Almost 500 online poker game developers worldwide work on gaming design, mathematics, graphics and quality management.
Italy : Trade association SAPAR has elected Paolo Dalla Pria as president. He will be backed up by the following people Luciano Ganatea, Eugene Bernardi, Fabio Pavinelli and Savior Riolo.