A positive outlook for jewellery demand in China bodes well for the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, which is scheduled for September 13 to 17 at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) and from September 15 to 19 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
According to the GFMS Gold Survey 2016: Q2 Update & Outlook, published by Thomson Reuters, jewellery demand in China is expected to pick up in September ahead of the week-long national holiday in October. Recent data from the Chinese government also showed an improvement in the Chinese market: China’s gold imports from Hong Kong reached RMB45.8 billion (around US$687 million) in the first six months of 2016, up 550 percent from the same period in 2015. The September Hong Kong Fair positions participants to tap into opportunities in China as well as in the rest of the Asia Pacific., according to show organiser, UBM Asia.
The September Hong Kong Fair, now in its 34th edition, will host more than 3,550 exhibitors from 54 countries and regions over more than 135,000 square metres of exhibition space.
“We are excited to unveil numerous new events, launch value-added show features and introduce new exhibitors at this edition as part of our initiative to continually enhance buyers’ experiences. We work hard to develop the September Fair to ensure that it responds to the market’s ever-changing needs. Of course, we are also working hard to make sure that through our quality service, the September Fair maintains its reputation as the world’s leading jewellery event,” said Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at UBM Asia.
Sunny Chan, deputy fair manager of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia, said the B2B show is expected to welcome around 58,000 local and overseas buyers in its seven-day run. “Participants can expect the same business-friendly environment and reliable and professional services that have become the hallmarks of UBM Asia’s fairs over the past several years,” Chan said.
The trade show will feature first-time exhibitors from Nigeria, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Slovak Republic, Tahiti and Vanuatu. In addition, the fair welcomes new group pavilions from Myanmar and Portugal. Their coming on board brings to 25 the number of group pavilions in the two venues. The rest are companies from Antwerp, Brazil, mainland China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the US and the International Colored Gemstone Association.
The Fair Mobile App is now available for download at http://www.jewellerynetasia.com/. Through the app, users can receive show alerts and updates, browse the list of exhibitors, and create a personal daily planner and more, through their smartphones or laptops.
The Alrosa Group, the world’s largest producer of diamonds by volume, will again host its diamond auction at the AWE. Meanwhile, the 59th Paspaley Pearl Auction and the 68th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction will be held at HKCEC. Also returning are the world’s largest Diamond Pavilion, Asia’s biggest gemstone marketplace, and the Hong Kong Pavilion and the Hong Kong Premier Pavilion, which will feature the biggest display of Hong Kong jewellery in the world.
AWE will display jewellery raw materials from more than 1,600 local and overseas exhibitors, while HKCEC will showcase fine finished jewellery from around 2,000 international fine jewellery exhibitors.