Advances in watchmaking technology on show at next month’s EPHJ-EPMT-SMT trade show in Geneva


Watchmakers and service centres have their very own show highlighting advancements in precision equipment starting next month when the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT exhibition opens in Geneva from June 18 to 21 June.

The high-precision gathering is unique anywhere in the world and attracts more international buyers every year.

With more than 800 exhibitors from 18 countries and 20,000 international industry visitors expected from 5 continents, the 18th edition of the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Show 2019 will continue in the tradition of previous events.


While some trade shows are asking themselves questions about their format, the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Trade Show, which is dedicated mainly to watchmaking suppliers, knows no such crisis.

“EPHJ-EPMT- SMT is a B2B show,” explains Alexandre Catton, the director of the show. “That is both its strength and its niche. The exhibitors can meet not only Swiss but also international professionals who represent various brands and have come to do business, find out about new products or discover new technologies for their finished product.”

The event is a showcase of high-precision technology in the fields of watchmaking, jewellery, microtechnologies and medical technology.

There are 704 exhibitors who are based in the watchmaking industry, which remains the foundation and raison d’être of the Trade Show.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with 120 new companies exhibiting in Geneva compared to last year. These new exhibitors are testament to the progress and new technical demands within this industry focussing on high-precision tooling, machines and services. Control and quality levels of finished products are playing a more and more important role among these exhibitors, and on a smaller and smaller scale.

There will also be a focus on Industry 4.0 and innovative concepts to connect the digital and real worlds. Another technology that is on everyone’s lips and has been embraced by several exhibitors is 3D printing, with solutions geared towards realising even the most complex projects in record time, from design right through to production.

Last but not least there is the field of robotics, which has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years and is now able to execute extremely prise micro-assemblies (accurate to the micron) and deploy 3D gesture recognition to perform automated component coupling and decoupling on different surface finishing tools. There are also clear developments in terms of environment simulation equipment, heat technology, clean rooms and containment.

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