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NEWS | Industry Updates New face at photobooth specialist


Apple Industries, manufacturer of FacePlace photobooths, has appointed Francois De Freitas as senior director of marketing. Francois brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in


the photobooth market gained with former employer Photo- Me International. Apple CEO Allen Weisberg said: “We are delighted to welcome Francois to our growing and successful team. He has the equivalent amount of industry knowledge and experience coupled with extensive international marketing experience.” Apple COO Scott Avery added: “We anticipate his addition


to our company will be essential to creating an effective marketing strategy that could be quickly deployed resulting in increased growth and immediate success.” Francois said: “I am delighted to join Apple Industries and


be part of a truly progressive management team. This is an exciting time in the company’s growth and I am looking forward to leveraging my past experience as a marketing specialist in the amusement and photographic industry to develop new and existing areas of growth”.


INDUSTRY CALENDAR


NIVO Business Seminar &


Networking Event November 28


Wolverhampton Racecourse


AVA Christmas lunch December 6 Venue TBC


Top national award for Gem chair


As chairman and owner of GEM Vending, Steven Gallagher received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Vendies 2018, which were held in Birmingham on October 2. This award was the highlight of the evening and was presented by


Graham Kingaby. Graham echoed the sentiments of the entire vending industry in his congratulations to Steve on his service to the industry as a whole. GEM is celebrating its 50th year in 2018 and has just completed its


latest acquisition of Allen Vending, making it the largest privately-owned vending machine operating company in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. The success of GEM Vending and its team is seen as a reflection of why Steven was chosen for this outstanding national award.


China International Vending Machines & Self-service Facilities Fair


February 24 – 26, 2019 Guangzhou, China


EU Vend & Coffeena March 9 – 11, 2019 Cologne, Germany


The Vending Show, Paris


April 2 – 4, 2019 The future of vending machines in China


In China, experts are predicting that the vending industry is on the verge of an explosion which is a good reason to visit the China VMF vending exhibition from February 25 to 27 which will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou. According to the China VMP 2019 organising commitee,


in the next few year, the Chinese market is expected to increase by 50,000 to 100,000 vending machines a year while the number of vending machines in the domestic market is expected to reach tens of millions. According to the latest statistics from iResearch, in 2020,


the scale of self-service vending market will exceed 65 billion yuan, with a compound annual growth rate of 50% in three years. According to industry insiders, the domestic self-service sales market has only achieved 10%, and


there is still 90% market space to be explored. In addition, there is still plenty of room for smart vending machines to branch out. With this positive outlook the vending industry is currently looking at how to use existing technology to improve and develop and how to discover more profitable regions.


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Paris Expo Porte de Versailles


Vendex Midlands 2019 April 9, 2019


National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham


VendASEAN


September 18 – 20, 2019


Nonthaburi, Thailand


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