The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council officially inaugurated its eight edition of Signature on February 20 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.
Over 580 exhibitors will be participating, with over 1,100 booths spread over the 30,000-sq-m venue.
The event will witness more than 7,000 national and international visitors through February 23.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Andrey Polyakov, Vice President, Alrosa, Russia; Guests of Honour Shaina NC - Social Worker; Kirtilal Doshi, industry stalwart; Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC; Pankaj Parekh, Vice Chairman, GJEPC; Nirav Bhansali, Convener – Exhibitions Sub Committee (National), GJEPC; 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 an inauguration of the show catalogue, called ‘Glorious Indian Diamonds.'
Speaking at the event, Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, “There is widespread optimism that good times are ahead. The government has shown foresight and vision in supporting our industry with plans for a special diamond import and trading zone. We must use the opportunity to ensure that India truly becomes a global hub for gems and jewellery.
“A show like Signature, not only supports the growth of the gems and jewellery industry, but also elevates it to higher levels of sophistication. Every year, we observe improvements in the design and quality of the products. And the retail sector from all parts of the country flock to Signature in greater numbers to purchase stocks for customers who are ever more demanding. Both the buyers and sellers are grateful that the show provides greater efficiencies in sourcing.
“The jewellery events organized by the Council such as the mega IIJS, Signature, IIJW and IGJME have provided useful platforms for the industry to grow and collectively raise the bar in terms of quality, design and business practices. We are delighted to welcome you to Signature 2015 and wish you a very successful show.”
Marking the event, Chief Guest Andrey Polyakov, Vice President, Alrosa, Russian Federation, said, “It’s an honor and pleasure to be a part of this event. The relationship between Russian rough diamond industry and Indian polished diamond industry is rapidly growing.
“At the world diamond conference that happened last year, the two leaders from both the countries expressed their support for this industry. We signed long term direct sourcing agreements with 12 Indian polishing companies. We are here for new opportunities. The challenges that we face are generic diamond marketing, syndicate diamonds, banking and many other policies. We want to keep this industry as attractive as the diamond itself.”
Guest of Honour Shaina NC said at the inauguration, ““I believe jewellery is one of the most innovative sectors in India. With every single exhibition, Signature moves ahead with the time. It is India that creates the best jewellery product irrespective of where the diamond comes from. We are happy to work with the gem and jewellery industry to enhance the revenue sector of India.
“This gem and jewellery sector is a true representation of the ‘Make in India’ project of the government. We are proud of the growing jewellery industry talent in India. We hope that there are bigger and better exhibitions with each passing year and have an exhibition soon in Delhi.”
The Signature show this year exhibits eight international exhibitors from USA, Japan, Belgium, UAE and Thailand and had international delegations from Russia, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran and Bangladesh.
Some key highlights of Signature 2015 are:
The online matching program facilitates participating exhibitors to screen other exhibitors before, get automatic matches to their requirements basis their profiles uploaded and enables to send enquiries to other exhibitors so as to schedule and confirm their appointments prior to ensure easy business negotiations at the event.
The Signature Mobile app enables participants and visitors to seek stalls of various traders and displays the closest route to reach there. The entire road map of the complete signature ground can be viewed via the app.
Registration Hall No 2 is reserved for the privilege and elite club visitors who have not yet registered to procure their badges.