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IFA consumer electronics trade fair opens in Berlin

2008-08-30 10:06:52 GMT2008-08-30 18:06:52 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Visitors look at flat screens televisions at the Panasonic exhibition stand on the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer electronics fair in Berlin Aug.29, 2008. The IFA is the worlds largest consumer electronics exhibition opened to the public from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3, (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Visitors watch a video presentation at the Sony exhibition stand at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer electronics fair in Berlin Aug. 29, 2008. The IFA is the worlds largest consumer electronics exhibition and opens to the public from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Visitors walk pass a booth of Chinese electronics company Haier during the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin, capital of Germany, Aug. 29, 2008. The fair opened to public on Friday. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)

Visitors watch lcd screens during the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin, capital of Germany, Aug. 29, 2008. The fair opened to public on Friday.(Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)

A visitor operates a notebook computer during the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin, capital of Germany, Aug. 29, 2008. The fair opend to the public on Friday. (Xinhua/Luo Huanhuan)

BERLIN, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 48th International Radio Exhibition (IFA) opened in the German capital Berlin on Friday.

The IFA is one of the largest consumer electronics trade fairs in the world, providing exhibitors with the opportunity to present their latest products and developments to the public.

This year's event has attracted 1,245 manufacturers of >screens?<, cameras and phones from 63 countries and regions.

Energy saving is among the selling points of many products against the backdrop of soaring high oil prices. Flat-panel televisions were the dominant product at the fair.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the opening ceremony of the fair on Thursday evening.

The event, ranking among the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany, will last till Sept. 3.

Exhibitors reported receiving 2.75 billion euros (4.07 billion U.S. dollars) in orders from merchants at last year's event, promoting organizers to raise their expectations for this year's function.

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