THE IIJS SIGNATURE SHOW AT ITS OPTIMUM IN THE SIXTH EDITION
550 Exhibitors, 1083 booths, 5 International Pavilions and over 7000 buyers, Signature is Premium and the Preferred one
Mumbai, February 22nd 2013: The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council officially inaugurated its Sixth edition of Signature in Mumbai on February 22, 2013, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (NSE Complex), Mumbai. Spread over 30,000 sq m with 1083 Booths, IIJS Signature 2013 being held from Feb 22-25, 2013 is the largest of the Signature event held thus far with participation from over 550 exhibitors and over 7000 National and International visitors.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Smt. Rita Menon, IAS, Chairperson &Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation, Guests of Honour, Mr. Stephen Lussier, CEO, Forevermark Diamonds Pvt Ltd, London and Shri. Siddharth, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry along with Chairman, GJEPC, Shri. Vipul Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC Shri. Pankaj Parekh and other senior officials from GJEPC and eminent members of the trade. The distinguished guests lit the lamp as a mark of commencement, which was followed by a guided tour around the exhibition.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, “Signature is a great platform where international and national retailers and manufacturers come together to build associations, transact business and forge long-lasting relations that enable business transactions all year around. Hopefully we will see greater quantum of business being transacted during this edition of Signature 2013.”
Signature Mumbai has evolved into a key event in India’s Jewellery calendar. Positioned as a niche event, the Signature is a vibrant and exclusive sourcing event for the domestic and international trade, where 90% of its participants have been participating on a regular basis. Following its tradition, Signature 2013 will showcase exquisite jewellery collections and create opportunities for buyers to discover the latest trends, meet with the leading trade partners and plan their collections and inventories as only the leading manufacturers adhering to the highest standards of design, quality and craftsmanship participate at the show. Given the compact nature of the show, the Signature show allows for closer business ties between the participants and leads to stronger trade relations in an industry that continues to face global economic challenges.
Mrs. Rita Menon, CMD, ITPO said at the inauguration, “I am happy to see the level of modernization, the awareness ofcertified products and a regulatory framework which this industry has exhibited over the years. Lately I have also been closely working with GJEPC to launch their first business to consumer initiative, the India Gems and Jewellery Fair which will be held in New Delhi and looking at the skills which the council has exhibited in the past I am sure IGJF is going to be another successful and promising show keenly awaited by people in neighboring states of Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. Opening new vistas and business opportunities especially with the Asian countries, ITPO is hosting the 26th Asian Trade Promotion Forum Chief Executives Officers Meet in Agra where we will have a networking session with all the CEO of trade promotion bodies of countries such as Taiwan, China and Japan. I would invite Mr. Vipul Shah to designate someone from GJEPC to represent the council during the forum.
The Signature show this year features 5 international pavilions, which include Thailand, Belgium, Turkey, Israel and UAE. Given the event’s growing international recognition, this year’s show will feature the UAE pavilion for the first time as the ME continues to emerge as one of the key markets for the Indian trade. The product offering has been segmented to include all aspects of jewellery and will offer some of the most unique designs in gold, diamond, and precious stones jewellery, the Signature Club that will feature high end couture jewellery, besides loose diamonds and precious colored gemstones.
With each year, Signature has been continuously evolving and growing to accommodate the increasing needs and expectations of the participants and buyers alike; and today, Signature has attained its stature as India’s premium Jewellery sourcing event where participating companies are selected through a strict screening process and visitors are restricted to decision makers. The result of which is that huge volumes of business are conducted at a show, which rightfully is a convergence of premium quality and serious business enterprises.
Marking the event, Mr. Stephen Lussier, CEO, Forevermark Diamonds Pvt Ltd, London said “I thank GJEPC for providing me this opportunity to be here at Signature 2013. Over the years I have seen that customers around the world have a strong appetite for this magical industry and product, the diamond. In 2011 we launched the Foreovermark diamond brand in India and have seen a very favorable response from domestic customers. India over the last decade has been the fastest growing diamond jewellery market, even surpassing countries such as China. This is mainly attributed to the love for diamonds and better economic conditions. We have aggressive goals for India and plan to double our sales in the coming years.”
Some of the key highlights of Signature 2013 are:
An online Buyer Matching Program:
• The online matching program enables participating exhibitors to beforehand screen other exhibitors, get automatic matches to their requirements basis their profiles uploaded and makes it possible for them to send enquiries to other exhibitors in order to schedule and confirm their appointments beforehand to enable ease of business negotiations at the event.
Signature Mobile App:
• The IIJS Signature Application allows participants and visitors to locate stalls of different traders and shows the closest route to reach there. It basically gives a complete route map of the entire IIJS Signature ground for any person on their mobile.
Exclusive Elite Club for Top Retailers:
• The Elite Club offers selected retailers privileged hospitality at Signature Mumbai. At an exclusive lounge they can enjoy a quiet moment, relax and have access to the internet and refreshments.
Notes to Editor:
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council is an all – India apex body for Gem & Jewellery representing 5,500 members. Set up in 1966, it operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
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