TRADE FAIRS – Kobe trade event IJK 2024 reported strong orders, enquiries and business engagement

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KOBE, JAPAN International Jewellery Kobe (IJK), held from May 16-18, 2024, at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall, reported strong orders, enquiries and business engagement, organiser RX Japan said.

IJK 2024, which attracted 13,674 visitors over three days, showcased some of the finest in the jewellery industry, drawing both local and international attention.

TRADE FAIRS – Kobe trade event IJK 2024 reported strong orders, enquiries and business engagement

Exhibitor feedback

MELI GIOIELLI FIRENZE

Dott. Simone Meli, President of MELI GIOIELLI FIRENZE, highlighted the significance of IJK for both the Japanese and international markets.

“It’s a very important fair for Japan and for foreign markets. We’ve been participating for 25 years, only pausing during the COVID-19 period. We met with Japanese regular customers and new international clients from Korea, Taiwan, and China,” Meli said.

He emphasised the importance of the international clientele and hopes for continued invitations to foreign customers in future editions.

“With a customer ratio of 60% regular customers, especially from Japan, and 40% new customers from international markets, we sold important pieces in Mediterranean coral and other specialized styles, which shows the diverse interests of the international buyers,” Meli added.

Present Watch & Jewelry Co. Ltd.

Noelle Chow, Co-Founder and GIA Graduate Gemologist, praised IJK for providing an excellent platform to introduce their new collection.

“We’ve been participating in jewellery fairs in Hong Kong since 1982. After receiving wholesale orders from the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair in March, we decided to explore the Japanese market.

The response has been positive, with several inquiries and orders. Japanese customers are meticulous, often visiting multiple times before making a purchase,” Chow said.

She suggested that pre-show advertising could enhance visitor preparedness and engagement.

“The organization of the fair is impressive, and the structured setup allows exhibitors to focus on presenting their products,” Chow said.

PURITY JEWELRY CO., LTD.

Sambhav Jain of PURITY JEWELRY CO., LTD. decided to exhibit at IJK after visiting as a buyer last year.

“The response has been really good. We are wholesalers, with factories in Bangkok and offices in the US and Hong Kong. Our goal was to build a strong customer base and provide excellent service. The footfall was impressive, and we are planning to return next year,” Jain said.

He suggested extending the fair to four or five days.

“The quality of interactions we had with buyers was exceptional, and the fair’s professional atmosphere contributed to meaningful business engagements,” Jain added.

TRADE FAIRS – Kobe trade event IJK 2024 reported strong orders, enquiries and business engagement