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2005 BRINGS GROWTH FOR GAUSELMANN GROUP

Germany's Gauselmann Group saw a revenue increases of 2.8 per cent in 2005, a result of both domestic and international growth.  The group’s report states: “All market opportunities were seized and positions in the central business areas were considerably strengthened.  The consolidated revenue of the group rocketed by 2.8 per cent  from € 669.7m in 2004 to € 688.2m in 2005.”
      The total aggregated business volume of all Gauselmann companies exceeded the E1bn mark for the first time.  In 2004 this volume was still € 987m, but reached € 1.004bn billion in 2005.  The company invested heavily in optimizing its national and international activities in rental machines and machines operated by the company.  In 2005 capital expenditure reached € 110m, compared to € 99m in 2004.  this corresponds to an increase of 11.6 per cent.
      In total, 5,638 employees contributed to the success of the company.  The Gauselmann Group is internationally active and currently trains 110 young people in 18 different vocations.  Since the Gauselmann Group was established it has established it has developed, manufactured and sold more than two million billion poker gaming products in more than 90 countries worldwide.  This makes it the leading company in its field in Germany and one of the top ranking electronics entertainment companies in the world.

      In addition to the main technology base of the group, the adp manufacturing plant in Lubbecke, the group has further manufacturing sites in Craz (Austria), Scottsdale (US), Novogrod (Russia), Mechernich (Germany) and Magstadt (Germany).  Adp Gauselmann Gmbh is the only german company in the industry that is TUV certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 for development, production, sales and service.
      The group develops, manufactures, supplies and operates games for coin-operated AWP machines.  It has been a successful player in Germany and the global international markets for almost five decades.


      “Despite political and legal problems, the group’s dominating market position in Germany, the core market of the company, was further expanded,” the report stated.  “This was possible mainly thanks to the adp Gauselmann Gmbh activities, which have been the mainstay of the German business of the group for a long time, and to the successful work of Merkur Spielothek in the field of arcades.  For several decades the Gauselmann Group has been the trendsetter concerning entertainment centres.”

GEXTECH ‘NOT A ONE-NOTE SYMPHONY’

Gextech chairman Mark Campbell has confirmed that the company is poised to export its Fantastic League concept to the global market , with licensing agreements in place for the Middle East and Scandinavia.  In an upbeat address to shareholders attending the Gextech AGM in London’s Pall Mall, Campbell reflected on an eventful and positive year in which the company had “doubled its number of employees, driven a fast and highly visible market entry, secured important revenue streams, identified many business opportunities and laid the foundations for converting t hem into profitable customers.”

      While acknowledging that Fantastic League had the reputation of being Gextech’s lead product, Cambell was quick to stress that the company was far from being a “one-note symphony,” stating: “We are building on our extensive poker experience in developing and porting high quality gaming solutions to multi-platform environments, as well as guaranteeing good opportunities in other high-growth markets such as mobile games for lotteries, promotional games for marketing purposes or interactive TV content.”
      Following on from a successful GIGSE, Gextech will be enhancing its market position further with a high profile presence at EiG in Barcelona, Spain, The Betting Show in Birmingham, UK, G2E in Las Vegas and ICEi in London.

IGH: ‘STRONG POSITION GOING FORWARD’

Interactive Gaming Holdings, the online mobile sports betting and gaming operator, has announced its unaudited results for the six-month period to May 31, 2006, and a positive trading update on Q3. 
      Turnover increased to £ 8,85m (the same period in 2005 brought in £ 1.66m).  Commenting on the results, John Heaton, chief executive officer, said: “The first half of our financial year was a period of significant change at IGH with the creation of an infrastructure to enable us to drive future growth, the implementation of the new Orbis software platform and the development and launch of our casino.

     “The costs of these investments were in line with expectations and place the group in an extremely strong position going forward, with the benefits already being felt.  “We have two strong brands in PremieBet and Heathorns and we are ideally placed to drive profitable growth.”

SHOWTIME NEWS

THOUSANDS ATTEND RECORD-BREAKING EXPO

Marking its 10th year as the bowling industry’s premiere annual events, International Bowl Expo 2006 surpassed the previous  record year attendance of 2000 by five per cent and received extremely high marks from bowling industry leaders, suppliers, manufactures and attendees.  Over 5,200 gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-29 at the Las Vegas Hilton and Las Vegas convention Center.
      Contingencies from Canada, the European Bowling Proprietors’ Association, the Japanese Bowling Proprietors Association, as well as numerous representatives from China, Australia, South America, Mexico, Russia, India and South east Asia among many other countries were also in attendance.  The 2006 expo presented attendees with an exhibit floor comprised of more than 800 100sq.ft booths, showcasing over 250 exhibiting companies representing a range of new and standard products and services available to the bowling industry.  Thousands of bowling centre, military, Property shop and other bowling-related operators spread throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibit floor, which was sponsored by Pepsi Cola, in search of the industry’s most current and innovative products and services.

      Overall reports from IBE exhibitors indicated an upward trend in trade show floor sales.  Many property bowlers appeared all over the show floor signing autographs while an increase in trade show activities including pie eating contests helped keep buyers on the trade floor throughout both exhibit days.
      The AAMA  pavilion was made up of 1,200sq.ftof booth space and accommodated 12 AAMA member companies.  Member companies included AMOA, American Changer, Andamiro, Bay-Tek Games, benchmark Games, Embed Integration, Face Place, Merit Entertainment, Namco America, OK Manufacturing and Stern Pinball.  AAMA and its members are ‘pleased’ with the success of the International Bowl Expo and what it brings to the coin-op industry.  The association alone wrangled up over 60 leads from location owners interested in either starting up or expanding their game rooms.  The pavilion will return in 2007, where the IBE heads back to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort and Convention Center, from June 27-28.

GTI EXPO TAIPEI, TAIWAN 2006 STATS RELEASED

Since its first edition in 1993, GTI EXPO has kept growing in numbers of booths, visitors and exhibitors to enhance its reputation, making it a vital platform for Asian firms to showcase their products to the world.  Taking place at Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Center, the three-day GTI EXPO  2006 finished on July 9, having hosted 112 exhibitors from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan, occupying 857 booths -28 of which were newcomers.

            This year, the annual trade show for the global electronic gaming/ amusement industry attracted a total 3,424 visitors from over 50 countries besides Taiwan, including most countries in south-east Asia, Nepal, Turkey and delegation groups of 30-plus people from Japan and Korea; Denmark, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovakia and the UK from Europe; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, the US and Venezuela from America; Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia from Africa.

ZONES FILLING UP QUICKLY AT JAMMA

Intergame has been handed the details for JAMMA 2006, and by the looks of it the annual Japanese coin-op show is going to be packed to the raffers.  Twenty-five firms will occupy the arcade zone, with Sega unsurprisingly taking the largest booth.  Bandai Namco, Taito and Banpresto will also have sizable stands.  Japanese amusement product manufacture BLD Oriental will take the most floor space in the Family Zone, followed by Hope, Yuei and a further five firms.  Ashi Seiko and Sarwa Denshi will occupy the Associate zone’s two biggest stands.  Six more companies will have booths in that area.  Prize Fair takes the largest area of the four-company Prize Zone, closely followed by SK Japan.  Finally, the Publicity zone will be filled by the Japanese publications Amusements Journal and Sougou Unicom.  JAMMA will take place at the Makuhari Messe from September 14-16.

    PREVIEW LOOKING FORWARD TO OVERSEAS VISITORS

The annual London Preview event, scheduled for October 11-12 this year, is filling up nicely.  As InterGame went to press, Preview’s organizer was happy with the way things were going.
            Online registrations for visitors were 35 per cent higher than last year’s, including visitors from 20 countries outside the UK.  Only 15 per cent of available floor space in the downstairs area of the event was up for grabs, with the upper level and mezzanine level both fully booked.  Show organizer Howard and Wikberg’s Yiva Howard told Intergame : “Last year, four exhibitors booked the week before the show started, so I’m not worried that we’re not quite full as yet.”

BILLIARDS EXPO READY TO BREAK OFF

The SYMA Exhibitor Hall that used to be the venue of Hungarian show Gamexpo is under construction at the moment.  Two halls are going to be added to the building and the complete SYMA  Sport and Event Center will be ‘ready soon’ ahead of its scheduled dates of September 12-14.  Show organizer Avex Team told InterGame: “In accordance with new applicants and our regular exhibitors’ intention to enlarge their stands, we decided to organize Gamexpo in the Largest Hall (‘A’ Hall) of the new SYMA  building.  Its quality and area benefits provide much better facilities to our exhibitors.  Its size is 8,000sq.m (plus office areas, restaurant and rooms for presentations).  The 16m high building will give a really good opportunity for ones, who prefer individual stands.  Its quality and area benefits provide much better facilities to exhibitors and visitors alike.”
      The Avex Team is happy to answer any queries about the new layout.  It can be contacted via email on avexteam@axelero.hu.

 

 

 

 

 
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