Started as “Deutsche Funkausstellung” (German Radio Fair) – now the most important fair for Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances.
IFA in Berlin is the most important trade fair for the Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances industries worldwide. IFA’s successful history goes back to the year 1924 – the concept as exhibition for the public and order place for the trade is unique.
Nowadays IFA grows continuously and is getting more and more international. IFA’s competence as meeting point of the industries is the reason for the worldwide significance.
The ”Funkausstellung“ (Radio Fair)
The ”Funkausstellung“ started with the exhibition of detector receivers and radio receivers with electronical tubes. Superhead receivers, gramophones, first audio recording systems, live broadcasts from the fair ground and the first European car receiver were to follow.
On September 3rd 1926 the Berlin Radio tower was inaugurated. Since the late 1920s the first TV sets have been exhibited, followed by the first totally electronical TV broadcast in 1930.
The wonderful world of Color-TV
UKW transmission, semiconductor technology, TV sets and remote control were the dominating trends at IFA’s restart after the Second World War. In the next years stereo sound, compact cassette, Color TV, video recorder and laser disk followed.
IFA is getting international
Home Video recorders, quadrophonic sound, camera recorders, radio traffic service and teletext are this time’s topics. Furthermore, dual sound and stereo programs, CD, DAT and the first digital TV sets were presented.
In 1985 High Definition television (HDTV) has been presented for the first time. The first satellite TV receivers, the D2MAC Standard, Radio Data System (RDS) and 33 as well as 37 inches TV sets came up in the late 80s.
The multimedia age
IFA showed new technologies like DCC, CD interactive, Photo-CD, and Mini Disc. Laser-TV, digital TV sets, digital cameras and camcorders, DVD-Players and DAB receivers promoted the digital future. First Flat-TVs, mobile phones connected to the internet and MP3-players followed. Furthermore, the “Home Network” is on its way.
Steps into a new era
Since 2006 IFA is an annual event – following the innovation pace of the Consumer Electronics industry.
LCD- and Plasma-TV sets conquer the market, enabling bigger screen sizes, HDTV and 3D-TV. The Blu ray Disc is able to store high definition content and the industry of Consumer Electronics is getting mobile.
In 2008 the successful premiere of Home Aplliances@IFA takes place. A success story – nowadays IFA is the world’s largest fair for small and major domestic appliances.
In 2010 IFA celebrates its 50th edition.
In 2014 IFA celebrates its 90th birthday. Also the “IFA+Summit” started.
In 2016 the marketplace “IFA Global Markets”, which is open exclusively to trade visitors, suppliers, component manufacturers and OEMs/ODMs was successfully introduced. Furthermore the new segment “Smart Home” was established.
In 2017 “IFA NEXT”, the innovation hub at IFA for R&D laboratories, leading global players and startups, had its premiere.
In 2018 “Home Appliances@IFA” celebrated its 10th annual. “IFA NEXT” has grown to nearly double size and features the convention “Shift AUTOMOTIVE” for future mobility for the first time. “IFA Global Markets” is now Europe’s biggest sourcing market.
2019 IFA NEXT hosted Japan as its first Global Innovation Partner; the Japan pavilion was showcasing the newest ideas and innovations for how machines and humans can interact.