CEDIA Asia Pacific  held a series of education and networking events in China, Japan and Hong Kong recently.  

CEDIA reports that the response was very positive with well-attended training sessions, growing membership interest and an increase in profile for the residential custom installation industry.  

CEDIA or the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association is an international trade association of companies specialising in the planning and installation of electronic systems for the home including home networking systems, home automation systems, communication systems, media rooms as well as entertainment systems.  

The Association hosted two days of dedicated training in Beijing and Tokyo.  

The Beijing programme focused on Business, Designer and Technical pathways with courses covering: 

  • 5 Changes to a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
  • Advanced Distributed Audio Systems
  • IP for Technicians
  • Lighting and Lighting Control, an HDMI Update
  • How to sell Home Theatre

The sessions were presented by Robin Cai, CEDIA’s Director of Asia, supported by Executive Director, Stephen Miller and James Chen from Kordz with more than 50 delegates attending the event.  

The Tokyo training featured: 

  • Lighting and Lighting Control, an HDMI Update
  • CEDIA CPD presentation on ‘Designing Ready Homes’
  • Special 3D Projector Seminar with support from Sony, JVC and Mitsubishi

CEDIA members Lutron and Onkyo participated in the Tokyo event, providing manufacturer training sessions for delegates.    

James Chen also led the HDMI Update session in Tokyo, where he was joined by presenter Nishimoto-san, Chairman of CEDIA Japan from CEDIA member company Linc Styles in front of a 15-strong audience of installers and potential new members.  

CEDIA also hosted a residential industry reception in Hong Kong attracting over 45 guests, which provided an excellent networking platform for CEDIA members, potential members, industry distributors and manufacturers.  

The HDMI Update was received very well at both the events, helping the delegates to understand current and future HDMI transport technologies and standards.   

The lighting and lighting control course presented on CEDIA’s behalf by Steven Mao of Lutron, Trade Supplier in China succeeded in raising awareness for many installers about the technology and business potential of integrating lighting control as part of home entertainment systems, especially in home cinema applications.  

Stephen Miller says that the favourable response to the events promise an extremely bright future for CEDIA and the custom installation industry as a whole in Asia.  

He adds that the events are part of a dynamic training and networking programme from CEDIA Asia Pacific. Going forward, more events will be planned to support the growth of a professional custom installation industry across Asia.