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Watchmaking tech show EPHJ will go ahead in September

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EPHJ, Switzerland’s trade show dedicated to equipment and technology for the watchmaking, jewelry, and medical sectors, will take place from September 15 to 18, having been postponed from earlier this year because of the pandemic.

“We have held widespread discussions over the past few weeks with numerous exhibitors to obtain as accurate a picture as possible of the situation on the ground,” explains Alexandre Catton, director of the EPHJ event.

“Some of them believe that the situation is difficult and that the market trend, the persistent uncertainties and the potential fall in footfall mean that they should concentrate on other priorities. For others, the majority, the desire is a return to normality; for them, to be able to present their innovations and to meet clients and prospective customers at the Trade Show is a priority,” he adds.

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The vast majority of exhibitors have maintained their registration for the 2020 edition, the organiser says.

The organizer is keeping an open conversation going with exhibitors, and will react to any health and safety protocols required by the Swiss authorities.

“This decision has been taken based on the data currently available”, says EPHJ’s Alexandre Catton.

“Depending on how the health restrictions evolve between now and September and on the authorizations granted to the EPHJ Trade show, we will make adjustments and put in place the health and safety measures required.”

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