Inhorgenta ends on high as orders hold-steady


Positive reaction to 42nd Munich trade show from exhibitors.

The 42nd Inhorgenta trade event in Munich has closed its doors, highlighting a positive four days, steady footfall and a high volume of orders for exhibitors.

The event welcomed 1,055 exhibitors from 40 countries, plus a variety of loose stone and gem sellers, positioned across six halls.

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There were 233 new exhibitors at Inhorgenta this year, with the majority of these reportedly signed up to exhibit again in 2016.

In total, over 26,000 visitors from more than 75 countries visited Munich in order to gather information about new products, trends and developments of the industry. About one third of the visitors travelled to Munich from abroad. The most strongly represented countries were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

According to a visitor satisfaction survey conducted at the show by Gelszus Messe-Marktforschung, 94% of respondents rated Inhorgenta as ‘excellent’, ‘very good’, or ‘good’.

Coeur de Lion managing director Nils Eckrodt, commented: “"We take advantage of Inhorgenta Munich primarily as an order platform. Both trend and classic jewellers have already placed their orders and we could generate a few new contacts. One year ago, there still was a more buzzing atmosphere, but we could generate more contacts in 2015 – we are satisfied.”

Albert Ruppenthal, managing director of Ruppenthal, said: “We are delighted about the high-quality trade audience which is even better than in the past years. You really do not have the force anybody, the people are prepared to buy.”

Frank Maier, managing director of fine jewellery brand Leo Wittwer also added: "We have had a very good frequency in Hall B1 and could realize good sales. We also have had a vivid exchange with international customers, mainly from Belgium, England and Scandinavia. The ambiance is very pleasant, the Seminar Program is absolutely diverse and interesting, and we are particularly pleased with the Inspiration Lab – a really impressive arrangement.”

Seminars also proved to be a big hit at Inhorgenta this year, with pearls and the rise of smartwatches and wearable technology proving to be crowd-drawing topics.

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