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18th EPHJ Trade Show returns positive exhibitor feedback and attendance increase

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The 18th annual EPHJ Trade Show left its 820 exhibitors and organisers with positive news and feedback following this year’s event.

The four day show saw its number of visitors increase by more than 4%, with many first timers feeding back they were impressed by the quality and expertise of exhibitors.

Reflecting on what he sees as a positive year, Alexandre Catton, director of EPHJ, said: ““This 18th show was a continuation of previous versions with improvements in many areas, especially the number of visitors, which was up more than 4%, and the satisfaction of the exhibitors.”

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Adding: “Watchmaking is not losing any appeal, but medtech and the microtechnology machine industry are also attracting lots of high-calibre visitors who are increasingly seeing the overlaps between these different high-precision industries.”

A post-show survey also made it clear that this year’s visitors had come from further afield than just Europe but also from around the world.

Following the show, organisers confirmed that upturn in watchmaking exports seemed to have had a tangible impact on the volume of deals being concluded and new orders being taken.

It also described how it found morale to be good and thinks the indicators are all looking positive.

The next EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Show will be held next year from 16-19 June in Geneva.

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