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Golden Photokina Needle goes to president of Nikon
Mark Peters : September 22th 2012 - 11:45 CET
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PhotokinaMakoto Kimura receives Golden Photokina Needle : Makoto Kimura, President and CEO of the Nikon Corporation, has been honoured with Photokina's highest award. In recognition of his service to Photokina, Makoto Kimura, President and CEO of the Nikon Corporation was presented with the Golden Photokina Needle by Jürgen Roters, the Mayor of Cologne and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse, during the Photokina 2012 Show. The Golden Photokina Needle has been presented since the beginning of the 1950s to individuals from the spheres of business, science and politics who have rendered extraordinary service to Photokina.

Golden Photokina Needle

Golden photokina Needle
In his laudatory speech during a festive ceremony in Cologne's historic city hall, Roters praised Makoto Kimura for his outstanding dedication to the world wide imaging sector. He also pointed out that since 1960 the Nikon Corporation has always participated very actively in Photokina and that the company has not only remained loyal to the Cologne fair, the world's leading imaging event, but has also significantly shaped the fair's positive development.

President of Nikon

President of the Camera and Imaging Products Association
In addition to his responsibilities at the Nikon Corporation, Makoto Kimura also serves as the President of the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA), and in this function as well he is committed to the interests of the imaging sector. CIPA has had a presence at Photokina since 1956, and in that time it has developed into one of the most important links to the Japanese camera and imaging industry.

Mayor of Cologne

Jürgen Roters Mayor of Cologne
The Mayor of Cologne in Germany made special mention of Kimura's strong personal commitment and underlined the importance of his involvement in the close partnership between the Japanese photography industry and Koelnmesse. Jürgen Roters said, "Anyone who promotes the interests of the photo industry with such a massive amount of energy and dedication must be committed to this sector with his heart and soul. And the sector urgently needs people of this calibre."

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