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Laval Virtual

deploys in China


This morning, François Zocchetto, Senator and Mayor of Laval, and Yingsheng Huang, Deputy Director of the People’s Government for Laoshan district, Qingdao, signed an agreement organising the first edition of Laval Virtual Asia from November 3 to 6, 2017.


Based on the French model, which has proved its worth for the past 19 years, the new fair will bring together virtual and augmented reality professionals for two days before opening to the general public over the weekend.


More than one hundred exhibitors are expected to be present over 10 000 sq. m of floor space; 70 will be from Asia and 30 from the rest of the world. Twelve internationally-renowned scientists, selected by the Laval Virtual team, will be there to present their vision for the future of VR/AR technologies to manufacturers with a strong presence in Asia.


The new event is further evidence of the Laoshan District, Qingdao’s determination to become a key player in the world of VR/AR, technologies in which they have chosen to invest 500 million euros. The market is expected to reach USD 80bn by 2025.


This partnership is the first in the Laval Virtual fair’s planned deployment across new continents.

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Qingdao is a city of 8 million people in Shandong Province; Laoshan is one of the city’s Districts. In September 2016, businesses, research institutes and the Government formed the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance, making Qingdao the heart of an ecosystem that brings together researchers, a start-up incubator specialising in VR and invaluable support from major industrial groups, including Haier and Goertek (who produce the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR). Six major companies from the district will be attending this year’s Laval Virtual.





Thomas Marko & Associés

Peter EVEN - T. 01 44 90 85 25 - M. 06 27 06 27 58


Clemence GAUVIN-DENISE - T. 01 53 20 18 07 - M. 06 74 64 79 63 clemence.d@tmarkoagency.com

Laval Virtual is the European leader in the fields of new technologies and uses of virtual reality, and the fair of reference for their development. In 2016, nearly 15,000 visitors filled the aisles of Laval Virtual and discovered a constant diversification of the sectors represented: industry, heritage, health, training, marketing, culture, etc. At every edition, this diversification, and the interest expressed by both professionals and the public, strengthen the undeniable status of Laval Virtual which brings together the entire new technology community. For more information: www.laval-virtual.org