International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association and MEDIA-TECH Association agree on Cooperation
The IDEMA is an international, non-profit trade association that represents the hard disk drive industry and its infrastructure. Founded in 1986, IDEMA organizes trade shows, technical conferences, symposia, education classes, networking events and an active international standards program for more than 500 corporate and individual members worldwide.
The MEDIA-TECH Association represents companies in the optical disc industry with its membership primarily in Europe and the US.
Joel Weiss, President of IDEMA, comments: "It appears that IDEMA could provide MEDIA-TECH increased exposure and access to the Asia Pacific and Japan regions, while MEDIA-TECH could increase IDEMA’s exposure and access to Europe."
The memorandum provides membership discounts on events held by the partner organizations. In addition to this, events will be announced in each association’s online calendars and electronic publications, and links will be provided on the respective websites.
"We are pleased that this important industry body will be working more closely with the MEDIA-TECH Association in the future," adds MEDIA-TECH Association Managing Director Bryan Ekus. "Magnetic and optical storage technology provide global business opportunities and provide the ideal complement to each other."
IDEMA and MEDIA-TECH have also agreed to explore the potential for holding parallel events in the future. "I see benefits for both our organizations to work together for the benefit of the storage industry, and to help reduce the cost to our members and exhibitors," says Joel Weiss.
IDEMA is in addition looking forward to providing input for MEDIA-TECH events, the MEDIA-TECH Conference in March 2008 in Miami, USA and MEDIA-TECH Expo in May 2008 in Frankfurt, Germany.
About the IDEMA
IDEMA is the hard disk drive industry's forum for proactive collaboration and leadership, aiming to improve the health and capabilities of the storage industry while promoting its criticality in the IT world.IDEMA's mission is to provide measurable value and leadership to all levels of the global HDD infrastructure by - Building and operating a pre-competitive, collaborative structure within which industry best practices can flourish - Setting industry technology standards and benchmarks - Communicating a shared vision of industry criticality, stability, innovation and growth - Hosting "best-in-class" trade shows, symposia, and conferences - Offering unique networking and educational opportunities for all industry participants.For further information about IDEMA, please visit: www.idema.org
MEDIA-TECH Association e.V.
The MEDIA-TECH Association is a body created in 2001 to serve every facet of the optical and removable storage media manufacturing industry, spanning the range from all current formats of optical discs and magnetic media to future formats such as Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD and HVD. The MEDIA-TECH Association serves the optical storage media manufacturing industry with a unique program of trade shows and conferences where the exchange of ideas can take place, along with the demonstration of the latest in technology – from services to equipment. The annual MEDIA-TECH Expo and the MEDIA-TECH Showcase & Conference alternate between Europe and the US.For further information about MEDIA-TECH Association, please visit: www.media-tech.net