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Fair Report
For immediate release
10 October 2014

32nd edition of September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair welcomed 
a new record high number of exhibitors and buyers




The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (http://exhibitions.jewellerynetasia.com/9jg/), the world’s number one fine jewellery event, has yet again lived up to its status as the largest B2B event of its kind in the world. The seven-day event capped its 32nd edition on 21 September with record-breaking numbers: 3,695 exhibitors from 49 countries and regions and a total of 59,116 unique buyers from 157 countries and regions, roughly a 12-percent growth.
‘Today, the September Fair is the most influential business-to-business jewellery trade event where the most engaged jewellers in the industry access premium quality buyers. It is the ultimate platform for lobbying and agenda-setting for the industry, and for discovering the products and ideas that excite the jewellery market. Moreover, it brings global players together for a thoughtful dialogue,’ said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia.

Ms Lau continued, ‘Demand for diamonds and gemstones were robust. The 17-percent growth in visitor numbers from Asia compared to last year’s edition tells us that the region continues to be the key driver in the world’s jewellery market. Response to the September Fair has been overwhelming; buyers from the Middle East have increased by about 25%, India has increased by about 24 percent and mainland China up by about 23 percent. We also noticed growth in the number of buyers from other markets, including Africa about 19%, North America about 12% and Europe about 6%.’


Below is a breakdown of visitor numbers at the Fair, held at the AsiaWorld-Expo from 15 to 19 September and the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from 17 to 21 September:

ü The total number of unique visitors (count once in the entire fair period) over seven days reached 59,116. These visitors came from 157 countries and regions in six continents. More than 131,700 visits were recorded during the Fair.

ü Hong Kong-based visitors totalled 17,079, accounting for roughly 30 percent of the total number of visitors. The rest of the visitors: 42,037, or roughly 70 percent of the overall total, were from overseas.

ü Top 10 sources of visitors: the largest group of visitors from outside Hong Kong region came from mainland China. At 18,310, this edition marks the first time the number of visitors from mainland China surpassed the number of Hong Kong-based visitors. Hong Kong region follows with 17,079; India, 3,867; the United States, 2,211; Taiwan region, 1,776; Thailand, 1,768; Japan, 1,466; the Philippines, 1,093; Korea, 1,075; and Indonesia, 920.

ü The Top 5 countries with highest increase in the number of visitors are:
Country Name

Total no. of visitors

Net Increase

Percentage growth

China, Mainland

18,310

3,411

22.89%

India

3,867

743

23.78%

USA

2,211

249

12.69%

Taiwan region

1,776

146

8.96%

Russian Federation

742

104

16.30%


ü During the September Fair period, eight seminars, one diamond auction, one pearl auction and some special events, six conferences were held at AWE and HKCEC.


Exhibitor’s Quotes

(AsiaWorld-Expo)

‘We met over 20 new quality local and international buyers at the show. We noticed more buyers from Europe compared to last year. The visitor profile is broad; the fair's large scale is impressive. We closed many profitable deals during the fair. It’s definitely the best B2B jewellery trade event in the world. We will participate in June and next September editions in 2015. We are also considering participating in the Shanghai Fair.’
– Mr Roongsalk Treerojanan, General Manager of Veerasak Gems, a ruby and sapphire wholesaler from Thailand, an exhibitor at the Fine Gem Pavilion at AsiaWorld-Expo

‘Serious buyers visit the September Fair so we can't afford not to participate. The fair is bigger than before and the quality of visitors is imposing. We are satisfied with the business we made, which is more than twice than the previous year. We will participate both the June and the September editions in 2015.’
– Mr Dinesh Vaswani, Buyer at Duarte & Bastos, a gemstones manufacturer and wholesaler from Brazil and exhibitor at the Gemstones Pavilion at AsiaWorld-Expo

‘We are a long-term exhibitor at the September Fair and totally agree that this fair is very important for all professional traders. Most of our top management come to the September Fair to network and learn from esteemed industry experts. We saw a significant growth in the number of visitors from mainland China and North America.  We will certainly participate again next year, as well as in the Shanghai Fair.’
– Mr Ramesh Virani (Maldar), Managing Director of HINI Star Ltd, a manufacturer and wholesaler of diamond from India, an exhibitor in the Diamond Pavilion at AsiaWorld-Expo

‘The September fair is the world’s largest jewellery event. The visitor profile is excellent and organiser services are brilliant. We got orders from mainland Chinese buyers and met some potential buyers from that market as well. We will continue to support the September Fair and also participate the June edition next year.’
– Mr George Lu, Manager of Chii Lih Coral, a wholesaler of coral from Taiwan region, an exhibitor in the Gemstones Pavilion at AsiaWorld-Expo

(Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre)

‘This is my first time to participate in the September Fair. I met some Asian buyers, particularly from mainland China and India. The fair is getting bigger and it’s a good platform to explore Asian markets. The excellent organiser’s service and product sectorisation impressed us most. The September Fair is definitely the world’s leading B2B jewellery trade event. We will participate again in 2015.’ 
– Mr Ruslan Futlikov, Director of Vlasta, a manufacturer of gemset jewellery from Ukraine, and an exhibitor in the International Fine Jewellery Pavilion at HKCEC

‘This is the 10th time we participated in the September Fair. We met many of our target buyers from Russian Federation. The fair is large and the security is good. The fair's website is informative so we visit it regularly for updates. We will join again the June and September editions next year.’
– Ms Munisa Arif, Business Manager of Ivy Co Ltd, a wholesaler of diamond jewellery and gemset jewellery from New York, and an exhibitor in the Fine Design Pavilion at HKCEC

‘This is our first year at this Fair. We met many target buyers from the United States, mainland China and Hong Kong region. The September Fair is large and services available are helpful. We visit the fair's website frequently to keep pace with the fast-moving market.’
– Mr Rafat Szyszko, Owner of Glitter & Eva Stone, manufacturer and designer of diamond jewellery from Poland, and an exhibitor in the Designer Arena at HKCEC

‘We met target buyers from United States, Italy and mainland China. The fair is large; its mobile app and fair website are user-friendly and informative. We will participate again next year.’
– Mr Simona Pacifici, Production Manager at Roberto Demeglio, a manufacturer and wholesaler of diamond jewellery and jewellery timepieces from Italy, and an exhibitor in the International Premier Pavilion at HKCEC

Visitor’s Quotes


‘This is my sixth visit to the September fair. My priority was to visit existing and potential new suppliers. The quality and variety of products were very good and they were competitively priced. I am impressed by the shuttle bus service; it is very thoughtful of the organiser to provide it and the other range of services to buyers like me. The fair separates loose and finished jewellery, which is a brilliant idea. The mobile app is user-friendly; it helped facilitate my trip. I do think the September fair is the most influential B2B jewellery trade event. And from this excellent experience, I am planning to visit UBM’s Shenzhen, Shanghai and Jewellery & Gem Fair - Europe jewellery fairs, and definitely, I will visit the September fair again next year.’
– Mr Marc A. Green, Vice Chairman of Lux Bond & Green from the United States

‘We visit this fair regularly. The show houses a lot of quality suppliers of diamonds and fine finished jewellery; services are good and we can acquire update market trends here easily. The product sectorisation makes it easy for us to locate products. We will certainly visit again next year, and consider visiting Jewellery & Gem Fair - Europe in 2015.’   
–- Ms Suvarna Kadam, Director of Beauty Gem, Inc. from India

‘I have visited the September Fair many times to meet my existing and potential new suppliers of diamonds and fine finished jewellery. It’s certainly an excellent platform to find new suppliers, update myself with the market trends and to network. The organiser’s service is great, particularly the currency exchange service. I will consider visiting UBM’s jewellery fairs in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Jewellery & Gem Fair - Europe. And definitely, I will visit the September fair again next year.’
– Mr Simon Phillips, Director of Lawrence Blunt Ltd from the United Kingdom

‘The September Fair always impresses me with the broad product variety and exhibitors’ profile. I was able to find new suppliers, meet existing partners, and update myself with the market trends via the insightful special events. I was also able to network. The product sectorisation, informative fair website, and user-friendly mobile apps assisted me in locating products. I will visit again, definitely.’
– Mr Alex Jeyaraj, Sourcing Executive at Rosy Blue in Dubai

‘To see upcoming market trends and meet serious jewellery professionals, the September Fair definitely an event one can’t afford to miss. I met some suppliers of diamonds, fine finished jewellery, jewellery timepieces, equipment, packaging and technology from United States and mainland China; they have a wide range of good quality products. I will visit again next year and consider visiting UBM’s jewellery event in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Europe in 2015.’
-- Mr Massimiliano Arostinin, Director of Picador s.r.l. from Italy

Massive Support from the Industry

The Fair enjoys support from major international jewellery organisations including:
Advisory Board:

v Hong Kong Jewellers’ and Goldsmiths’ Association 
v The Hong Kong Jewellery and Jade Manufacturers Association      
v Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association      
v Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China
v Hong Kong Gemstone Manufacturers’ Association
v Hong Kong Pearl Association

Sponsors:

v The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong      
v Hong Kong Gold & Silver Ornament Workers & Merchants General Union      
v The Kowloon Pearls, Precious Stones, Jade, Gold and Silver Ornament Merchants Association

International Sponsors:

v Gemological Institute of America
v Antwerp World Diamond Center, Belgium

Coming Fair Dates

September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair
16 - 20 September 2015, AsiaWorld-Expo • Hong Kong
Exhibits profile: diamonds, gemstones, pearls, equipment & packaging

18 - 22 September 2015, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Exhibits profile: fine finished jewellery

The September edition of Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair will again be held in conjunction with the September Fair, running for four days at AsiaWorld-Expo from 16 to 19 September 2015. 

June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair
The June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair will be held from 25 to 28 June 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Mineral & Gem Asia
Dates: 27 – 30 June 2015
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo • Hong Kong

Other important jewellery fairs organised by UBM Asia

CHINA, MAINLAND
China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shanghai
Dates: 6 – 9 November 2014             
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

Hangzhou International Jewellery and Gem Fair
Dates: 21 – 24 November 2014               
Venue: Zhejiang World Trade International Exhibition Centre

China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shenzhen
Dates: 20 – 22 April 2015    
Venue: Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center


SINGAPORE
Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 23 - 26 October 2014               
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
TAIWAN REGION
Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 21 – 24 November 2014
Venue: Taipei World Trade Center
JAPAN
Japan Jewellery Fair
Dates: 26 – 28 August 2015
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center
TURKEY
Istanbul Jewelry Show – II
Dates: 16 – 19 October 2014
Venue: CNR Expo Center, Istanbul
Istanbul Jewelry Show – I
Dates: 12 – 15 March 2015
Venue: CNR Expo Center, Istanbul
GERMANY
Jewellery & Gem Fair – Europe
Dates: 22 - 25 March 2015
Venue: Messe Freiburg, Germany
INDIA
Gujarat Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 21 – 23 November 2014
Venue: Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl & Gem Fair
Dates: 5 – 7 June 2015
Venue: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad, India
Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 10 - 12 January 2015
Venue: Milan Mela Exhibition Complex
Delhi Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 3 – 5 October 2015
Venue: Pragati Maidan, India
Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition
Dates: 20 – 22 March 2015
Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
JUNWEX St. Petersburg
Dates: 4 – 8 February 2015
Venue: EXPOFORUM, St. Petersburg
JUNWEX New Russian Style
Dates: 27 – 31 May 2015
Venue: All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow
JUNWEX Moscow
Dates: 1 – 5 October 2014
Venue: All-Russian Exhibition Centre, Moscow

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For fair details, please contact:
Sales Department, Jewellery Fairs
UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2585 6179/ 2516 1677
Fax: (852) 3749 7319
E-mail: [email protected]
For media enquiries, please contact:
Marketing Communications Department,
Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2516 1649
Fax: (852) 3749 7318
E-mail [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

About UBM Asia’s jewellery fairs (http://www.jewellerynetasia.com/)
UBM Asia, organiser of the most professional international jewellery fairs globally, offers opportunities to the world’s jewellery trade. UBM Asia’s jewellery fairs attract over 100,000 trade buyers and over 10,000 exhibitors from around the world. The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, with over 3,690 exhibitors and over 59,000 visitors, is the world's number one fine jewellery event. The June Fair is Asia’s biggest mid-year international jewellery fair. UBM Asia also organises jewellery fairs in Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Shanghai in mainland China; Chennai, Delhi, Gujarat, Hyderabad and Kolkata in India; Japan; Istanbul in Turkey; Singapore; Taiwan region; Freiburg in Germany; and Moscow and St Petersburg in Russian Federation.

Appendix I: Fair Statistics

(A) Numbers of overseas and domestic visitors

Number of visitors from outside Hong Kong region 42,037 71.11%
Number of Hong Kong-based visitors 17,079 28.89%
Total number of visitors 59,116 100%

(B) Visitor attendance by continent and region

Asia-Pacific (excluding Hong Kong region) 33,186 56%
Europe 4,090 6.9%
North America 2,490 4.2%
Middle East, Africa, South & Central America 2,221 3.8%
Oceania 50 0.1%
Hong Kong region 17,079 29%
Total number of visitors 59,116 100%

(C)  Visitors came from 157 countries and regions, including:

Asia-Pacific
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia (Kingdom of), China, Mainland, Christmas Island (Indian Ocean), Hong Kong region, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao, Macau region, Malaysia, Mariana Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar (Union of), Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka (Rep of), Taiwan region, Thailand (Siam) and Vietnam.

Middle East
Azerbaijan (Republic of), Jordan, Bahrain (State of), Lebanon, Oman, Sultanate of, Syrian Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, Armenia, Qatar (State of), Egypt (Arab Republic of), Israel and Yemen (Rep of).

Africa
Congo (Dem Rep of the), Swaziland, Madagascar (Dem Rep of), Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo (Rep of), Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (Rep of), Tunisia, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Réunion, Rwanda, Morocco, Guinea (Rep of), Botswana, Algeria, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Spanish Territories of North Africa.

Europe
Albania (People's Socialist Republic of), Andorra, Austria, Belarus (Republic of), Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia (Republic of), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia (Rep of), Finland, France, Georgia (Rep of), Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania (Rep of), Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova (Rep of), Monaco, Montenegro (Rep of), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia (Rep of), Slovak Republic, Slovenia (Rep of), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan (Rep of), Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Uzbekistan (Rep of).

South & Central America
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Virgin Islands, British, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Honduras (Rep of), Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, Panama (Rep of), Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, Suriname (Rep of), Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela and  Virgin Islands of The USA.

North America
Bermuda, Canada and United States of America.

Oceania
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Norfolk Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti and Vanuatu (The Rep of).

(D)  Top 10 visiting countries and regions (excluding mainland China & Hong Kong region)
 Number of visitors from mainland China: 18,310


Item

Country/Region

Number of Visitors

1

India

3,867

2

USA

2,211

3

Taiwan region

1,776

4

Thailand

1,768

5

Japan

1,466

6

The Philippines

1,093

7

Korea

1,075

8

Indonesia

920

9

Russian Federation

742

10

Australia

686



(E)  No. of exhibitors (By countries & regions)

Item

Country / Region

No. of Exhibitors

Item

Country / Region

No. of Exhibitors

1

Australia

14

26

Mexico

1

2

Austria

4

27

Monaco

1

3

Belgium

104

28

Nepal

1

4

Brazil

38

29

Netherlands

1

5

Cambodia

4

30

New Zealand

3

6

Canada

6

31

Norway

1

7

China, Mainland

245

32

Philippines

1

8

Colombia

11

33

Poland

21

9

Czech Republic

2

34

Russian Federation

15

10

Egypt

1

35

Singapore

20

11

France

28

36

South Africa (Rep of)

1

12

French Polynesia

 5

37

Spain

23

13

Germany

91

38

Sri Lanka (Rep of)

31

14

Greece

5

39

Switzerland

28

15

Hong Kong region

1,342

40

Tahiti

1

16

India

161

41

Taiwan region

114

17

Indonesia

18

42

Thailand

388

18

Israel

116

43

Turkey

64

19

Italy

236

44

UK

26

20

Japan

207

45

Ukraine

2

21

Korea

47

46

United Arab Emirates

15

22

Lebanon

2

47

USA

232

23

Lithuania (Rep of)

 8

48

Vietnam

4

24

Madagascar (Dem Rep of)

1

49

Zambia

1

25

Malaysia

4

Total: 3,695 exhibitors





 


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