The second edition of Jewellery & Gem Fair – Europe attracted more than 6,500 jewelry professionals from around the world, of which over 4,500 were buyers from 87 countries and regions.
The jewelry trade fair, held March 22 - 25 at Messe Freiburg, Germany, also attracted 445 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions, according to UBM Asia, which owns and operates the event.
“JGF Europe is positioned as an effective trading platform for mid- to high-end jewelry,” said Wolfram Diener, Senior VP, UBM Asia. “We believe that JGF Europe fills the gap in the European trade fair calendar; it gives European buyers the opportunity to source effectively from suppliers from around the world without having to travel to overseas trade shows. With the participation of over 4,500 buyers, this shows that JGF Europe addresses a market need.”
The majority of visitors came from Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Austria. There were 1,801 buyers from Germany, while Switzerland ranked the second with 309 buyers, up 17.5 percent compared to last year. The top 10 visiting countries account for 70 percent of the total number of visitors.
Meanwhile, exhibitors were from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. In addition, nine group pavilions representing Antwerp, ACODES, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mauritius, Thailand and the United States.
Dates for the 2016 edition of the fair are March 19 – 22. “We believe that this will enable smaller jewelry retailers or jewelrs from the peripheral area of Freiburg to have sufficient time to visit the fair,” Diener said.
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