Instance Automatics MD Ian Eason will address an international
audience of amusements professionals on the future of the sector – and
how stakeholders can best innovate themselves out of the Covid blues.
Whilst UK tradeshows appear to be off-the-books for the considerable future, Ian Eason of Instance Automatics still plans to display his wares and rub (virtual) shoulders with fellow amusement professionals, having signed up for an online showcase event next month hosted by US games manufacturer UNIS Technology.
“We’re a partner of Unis and so work very close with them in all aspects of our business,” he told Coinslot earlier this week. “With all the trade shows being cancelled, UNIS came up with the fantastic idea of doing a showcase online, and then making it even more interesting by having people talk on various things – including how Covid is affecting our business lives.”
The company’s 2020 Showcase – which it is billing as “Innovating into the Future” – will take place on October 21, with interested parties able to sign up via the UNIS website. Eason will be one of the day’s scheduled speakers, when he plans to discuss how the amusements trade best moves forwarding during these difficult times.
“UNIS have been innovating through lockdown, just as we have,” he remarked. “For example, we’re looking at the home consumer market and also into the fitness sector. Developing products which fit into these markets has given us all a lot of ideas about what the future holds for machine development within the amusement and FEC trades.” Of course, Eason is the first one to admit that 2020 has been a rocky period for everyone: and to that end his forward-looking assessment of the next few months is one where “uncertainty is the key word,” however – his address to industry next month will carry distinct notes of optimism drawn from the latest reports back from Instance operators.
“We’re getting good feedback from customers who have had a decent year despite being closed for 3 months,” he commented. “We’re still moving forward with manufacturing and expect 2021 to be a good year as we believe people will continued the trend of staying at home for their holidays.”
Indeed, Eason is adamant that despite the hardships which Covid-19 has brought to the UK, the nation’s amusements sector will emerge relatively unscathed.
“I truly believe that we will all be okay: this sector is innovative and looks at things from different angles,” he insisted. “We all need to move forward optimistically and try to carry on as normally as possible, with an open-mind as to other avenues from where we can derive additional revenue.”
Join us for an Online event on the 21st of October please register here: https://uniselite.com/unis-showcase-2020/