10th SIGNATURE IIJS COMMENCES BUYING SEASON WITH INDIA’S TOP-OF-THE-LINE JEWELLERY SHOW

In its golden jubilee year, the Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) presented the trade with two wonderful opportunities to commence the Year’s buying season with the 10th edition of Signature IIJS and the 4th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME). Ernest Blom (WFDB President) and Shri Manoj Dwivedi (Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India) inaugurated Signature IIJS 2017 in the presence of Shri Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman, GJEPC), Shri Saunak Parikh (Convener – Exhibitions – National, GJEPC) and Shri Sabyasachi Ray (Executive Director, GJEPC). The distinguished dignitaries also unveiled the Signature IIJS 2017 and IGJME catalogue and the GJEPC mobile app on the momentous occasion.

SIGNATURE IIJS unveiled the most coveted premium jewellery and jump-started the new buying season from 6th – 9th February, 2017 at Bombay Exhibition Centre. The event hosts more than 500 exhibitors and 1,000 plus stalls and is expected to attract 15,000 visitors from over 455 cities and towns pan India and more than 55 countries. Buyer delegations are from countries such as the UK, Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Lebanon, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal amongst others.

Ernest Blom (WFDB President) unveils the GJEPC mobile app in the presence of L to R Shri Manoj Dwivedi (Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India), Shri Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman, GJEPC) and Shri Saunak Parikh (Convener – Exhibitions – National, GJEPC) at the inauguration of the 10th edition of Signature IIJS and the 4th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME)
Ernest Blom (WFDB President) unveils the GJEPC mobile app in the presence of L to R Shri Manoj Dwivedi (Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India), Shri Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman, GJEPC) and Shri Saunak Parikh (Convener – Exhibitions – National, GJEPC) at the inauguration of the 10th edition of Signature IIJS and the 4th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME)

Addressing the inaugural session, Shri Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “GJEPC has been conducting several trade promotion initiatives and exhibitions are the most popular and recognised ones. Signature IIJS has been one of the most sought after exhibitions after IIJS as it has tremendous significance from the growth and continuity point of view. This year, its significance has gone up as the gem & jewellery sector looks forward to growing exports after the recent challenges. The gem & jewellery sector is confident of achieving double digit growth this year in exports. This year, in sync with the Government programmes such as Digital India, GJEPC has unveiled its own mobile app to help members as we move towards transforming into a cashless, paperless institution.”

Shri Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry for Commerce, said, “The two events SIGNATURE IIJS and IGJME help in reinventing the business wheel with new designs, themes and innovations. The rapid expansion and growing popularity of the Signature and IIJS events year on year indicates that this is the right time for GJEPC to create its own one-stop exhibition & convention centre and the Government will be happy to extend support. We are happy that GJEPC has unveiled its mobile app thereby creating a bigger identity in the virtual space. GJEPC can consider linking MyKYC initiative to the mobile app so that participating members can have a single interface to complete formalities.”

Thanking all the sponsors, partners and vendors, Shri Saunak Parikh, Convener, Exhibitions – National, GJEPC, said, “Signature IIJS has earned the distinction of being ranked as the second most popular must visit gem & jewellery trade show in India after IIJS. Signature IIJS serves as an ideal platform to gain insights into the current trends and demands. IGJME complements Signature IIJS 2017 with its technological prowess making it a one-stop sourcing destination for manufacturers. We have extended timings of the four-day fair to enhance interactions between exhibitors and visitors. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all who contributed to make it a success despite the prevailing uncertainties.”

Signature IIJS provides a perfect platform for the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers to facilitate an exchange of market insights and knowledge, providing networking opportunities for business. In addition to that, an exclusive ‘By Invitation Only’ Networking Evening has been organised for exhibitors and buyers to further explore business opportunities and strengthen existing business ties.This year, the overseas visitor registration too has witnessed a steep increase when compared to last year indicating the growing importance of the show across the globe to source exquisite jewellery. The ‘on the spot’ registration facility is expected to increase visitor footfall significantly. The show, which features well defined sections of Diamonds, Gemstones and studded Jewellery in addition to International, this year, the Gold section will be further extended to accommodate more number of exhibitors under this category. The main highlight of the show is the Signature Club which showcases the most exquisite couture jewellery by the leading Manufacturers of the Country. Signature IIJS provides a perfect platform for the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers to facilitate an exchange of market insights and knowledge, providing networking opportunities for business. In addition to that, an exclusive ‘By Invitation Only’ Networking Evening has been organised for exhibitors and buyers to further explore business opportunities and strengthen existing business ties.

Concurrently, the visitors will get to witness IGJME, Asia’s largest gem & jewellery technology fair. IGJME is a strategic initiative of GJEPC planned to help manufacturers to witness new ideas, discover innovative technical know-how and learn cutting-edge techniques in production. The revolutionary technology exhibited at the show is expected to drastically improve the quality of the products while minimizing the raw material wastage at the same time. IGJME will provide an opportunity to interact with leading suppliers of machinery, tools, components, packaging accessories and allied products from all over the globe, who will showcase cutting edge technology, such as laser machines, computerized yield planning machines, advanced bruiting lathes, diamond impregnated scaife, etc.

Shri Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman, GJEPC), Shri Saunak Parikh (Convener – Exhibitions – National, GJEPC), Shri Manoj Dwivedi (Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India) and Ernest Blom (WFDB President) take a tour after the inauguration of the 10th edition of Signature IIJS and the 4th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME)
Shri Praveenshankar Pandya (Chairman, GJEPC), Shri Saunak Parikh (Convener – Exhibitions – National, GJEPC), Shri Manoj Dwivedi (Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Commerce, Government of India) and Ernest Blom (WFDB President) take a tour after the inauguration of the 10th edition of Signature IIJS and the 4th edition of India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME)

About GJEPC

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce and industry, Government of India (GoI) in 1966. It was one of several Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) launched by the Indian Government, to boost the country’s export thrust, when India’s post-Independence economy began making forays in the international markets. Since 1998, the GJEPC has been granted autonomous status. The GJEPC is the apex body of the gems & jewellery industry and today it represents over 6,000 exporters in the sector. With headquarters in Mumbai, the GJEPC has Regional Offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Surat and Jaipur, all of which are major centres for the industry. It thus has a wide reach and is able to have a closer interaction with members to serve them in a direct and more meaningful manner. Over the past decades, the GJEPC has emerged as one of the most active EPCs, and has continuously strived to expand its reach and depth in its promotional activities as well as widen and increase services to its members.

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