CTA’s Shapiro: ‘Resilience’ is a Focus of CES 2019
The Consumer Technology Association’s president and CEO, Gary Shapiro, officiated at a New York City press event Nov. 8 that set the stage for the pre-CES 2019 run-up period, talking tough on tariffs while emphasizing the international nature of CES and its global-venue status as its strength for the coming together of the “entire ecosystem” of current and emerging technologies, including 5G and Artificial Intelligence.
He warned of “serious ramifications for the industry” should tariffs on Chinese goods ratchet up to 25 percent come January 1. “Companies are feeling the effects of 10 percent,” he said. He framed the tariffs in historical perspective, alluding to the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act imposed in 1930, which raised U.S. import duties on over 20,000 imported goods and, it is widely believed, heightened the impact of The Great Depression. “We are on the cusp of doing something very similar,” he said. “This is also about small companies… It affects our industry, the stock market, our economic health, and the strong successes that have come about in the Trump Administration.
“But we’ll be resilient,” Shapiro continued. “Resilience is the new focus of CES 2019,” he said.
Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES, enumerated some high points of the upcoming show, which runs from Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas. In addition to some 4,500 exhibitors across 2.75 million net square feet of floor space, the show will feature 250 conference sessions.
Some other highlights:
- Exhibits by some 1,200 startups, who will show their wares in venues including Eureka Park.
- Keynoters who will hail from IBM, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), LG Electronics (whose president and CTO, Dr. I.P. Park, will discuss AI), and Verizon (whose CEO, Hans Vestberg, will deep-dive into the 5G topic, and announce the rollout of its 5G Home Service).
- 45 Smart Cities exhibitors/
- A host of prominent first-time exhibitors including tractor company John Deere (where self-driving tractors will be a focus), Procter & Gamble, Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com and Raytheon.
- 100 Digital Health-focused exhibitors including 3M, Aetna, Omron and Philips
- The return of the Sports Zone, which will encompass the burgeoning Esports category.
Stay tuned to dealerscope.com for further information on CES 2019 as it comes to light.