CES Honors Companies Exhibiting for 40+ Years

CES Honors Companies Exhibiting for 40+ Years

As Part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Panasonic Will Receive Special Recognition As Sole Company with 50 Consecutive Years


Arlington, VA—CES 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the innovation event. Since its start in 1967, CES has showcased an estimated 700,000 tech products. This year, as part of its anniversary celebration, CES honors 37 influential companies that have exhibited at CES for more than 40 years. Panasonic will receive special recognition as the sole exhibitor to have exhibited in all 50 consecutive CES shows.

Nine other companies were at the first CES in 1967 and will again be at CES 2017 in January: 3M, Lenovo, Memorex (now MEM-CE), Philips, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Voxx International and Westinghouse. The first CES was held in New York City and featured 117 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. Hot products in its first year included black-and-white TVs, transistor radios and stereos.

The first CES was held in New York City in 1967.

“CES has been the proving ground for innovators for 50 years and has grown from a top destination for mainly audio/video retailers and distributors to a global gathering place for the entire innovation ecosystem,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA). “In addition to the traditional tech players, CES now draws from nearly every major industry. We are honored and humbled to celebrate this core group of exhibitors who have been with us from the start.”

CES  Honors Attendees

Exhibitors and attendees with 40+ years at the show will receive 50th anniversary lapel pins at CES 2017. Additionally, CES will celebrate the individuals who have attended CES for extended runs. On-site recognition ribbons also will be available in five-year increments to identify how long each person has supported CES. Furthermore, 50th anniversary commemorative T-shirts will be sold in the CTA Center.

In addition, special ceremonies will be held on opening day, and a special tribute to CES founder Jack Wayman is planned. CTA will also release a retrospective documentary of CES in June 2017. ces.tech