DUBLIN, IRELAND - The 7th European Machine Vision Business Conference in Dublin, held May 15 to 16, 2009, attracted more than 120 participants from 22 countries. Besides European countries, Brasil, Canada, China, India, Israel, Russia and the United States were represented.

The ample networking opportunities during the conference were used for expanding business contacts and for intensive discussion of the current economic challenges and how to face them.

Four different sessions focused on machine vision in Ireland, technology and business trends as well as machine vision markets. The market session placed emphasis on the BRIC countries and their potential for establishing and enlarging the machine vision business in these rapidly emerging economies. The attendees received information on the state of the technology as well as current figures, not previously presented.

At the EMVA General Assembly the election of the EMVA executive committee took place. For the next three years the executive committee will be composed of Mats Gökstorp (SICK, Sweden/Germany), Gabriele Jansen (Jansen C.E.O., Germany), Cor Maas (LMI Technologies, The Netherlands), Ignazio Piacentini (ImagingLab, Italy) and Toni Ventura-Traveset (Datapixel, Spain).

The EMVA Conference 2010 will take place in Istanbul. More information will be available soon at www.emva.org.

Founded in May 2003 in Barcelona, the European Machine Vision Association currently has 114 members representing 20 nations. Its aim is to promote the development and use of machine vision technology and to support the interests of its members - machine vision companies, research institutions and national machine vision associations. The main fields of work of EMVA are: standardization, statistics, the annual EMVA Business Conference and other networking events, public relations and marketing.