Success of specialist watchmakers’ show suggests Swiss industry is holding steady

EPHJ attracted 20,000 visitors to Geneva.

The EPHJ-EPMT-SMT trade show can be viewed as a marker on health of the Swiss watchmaking industry, and this year’s event demonstrated resilience as participation in the professional watchmakers’ exhibition remained solid.

As the doors to the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT trade show closed, the organisers took initial stock of the satisfactory picture emerging for the 2017 event.

“The levels of participation and attendance were identical with last year. In a market environment that is bouncing back, this is truly gratifying. This satisfaction is further enhanced by the exhibitors’ incredible spirit of enterprise in innovating and improving their products and services year on year, applying know-how that is the envy of the entire world”, explains Alexandre Catton, the trade show manager.


The number of professional visitors was once again close to the 20,000 mark registered in 2016.

Around 850 exhibitors, the prime movers in the high-precision technology sector, occupied an area identical to that of last year.

“The general consensus is that this show points to the industry’s ability to bounce back, thanks to its ingenuity and know-how that seem to know no bounds”, said Claude Membrez, general manager for Palexpo, which hosted the exhibition.

“All the exhibitors interviewed expressed their satisfaction at the end of this show. The contacts were fruitful and the market seems to confirm the improvement seen in the past few weeks.”

The next EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Show will be held from 12 to 15 June 2018 in Geneva.



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