Feb 12, 2018

Exhibitors Pleased with Response to IGJME 2018

There was a general sense of satisfaction among most exhibitors at the 5th India Gem and Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME 2018) as the four-day event drew to a close on Monday. A few of the exhibitors, especially those dealing in smaller machines and consumables reported having finalised some business transactions, while almost all those that gjepc.org spoke to said that they had also established many promising contacts and potential leads which could probably generate business in the short to medium term as well.

“A growing number of machines of different types are being employed by manufacturers across India, irrespective of their size, “ said Fredrico Murari, Sales Manager of Italian company Electrolaser SRL which offers various sizes of laser markers and welders to the Indian jewellery industry. “The most popular product is our Meganet series of markers, especially the desktop models that are being used by big and small manufacturers,” he said, explaining that the laser welders are popular even among those specialising in handmade products.

Electrolaser SRL has been in India for over seven years and is exhibiting both at IGJME and IIJS for the past two years, and Murari was pleased with the response at this show, saying, “We were able to interact with many of our over 200 existing customers and also establish many new contacts.” The company upgrades it machines each year to deliver faster speeds, as well as other improvements related to the quality of beam, spot, power etc, and the show is a good platform to showcase these, Murari explained.

John D’Souza of Alpha Projects, a company offering machines for refining of precious metals, also reported a reasonably good turnout of visitors. Alpha, which has been a regular at IIJS and IGJME since 2007, said it had introduced a Skid mounted ETP machine this year which was of interest to many. However D’Souza felt that the footfalls at the IIJS Premiere machinery section last  year had been significantly higher than those at the current show, and said he looked forward to having a larger number of walk-in visitors in future editions.

First-time exhibitor Photocentric, a manufacturer of 3D printers and supplier of resins, also stated that they had received a number of confirmed orders at the show. The UK-based manufacturer, with 15 years of experience in chemicals and four years in making 3D printers, was offering a unique type of 3D printer which has its own patented Liquid Crystal display and comes fully pre-loaded with its own software, unlike the machines of many others.

International Sales Manager Aylin Halilova said, “The unique LCD technology coupled with our experience in chemicals helps us to incorporate innovations in the 3D technology. Plus there are other special features like simultaneous output of multiple designs, for example, she added. Due to this factor, as well as the highly affordable price (each printer is selling at Rs 2,25,000 at the show), and the low maintenance costs, we did immediate business here and are hoping to expand our network across the country soon.”

Another new introduction in India that was available at IGJME was the EN442 finishing machine for jewellery manufactured by Hispana, Spain. Donald Michael of DM Impex, which distributes the EN 442 and other products of Hispana as well as laser markers and welders from Italian, Swiss and Chinese manufacturers in India, said that this improved version has many advantages. “It can not only be used for white gold, but allows the finishing of both outer and inner surfaces without having to unload pieces from the rack and is equipped with two tanks to either double the capacity or make simultaneous finishing of different metals possible in a single process.” He added that there have been many inquiries for various types of equipment, and was hopeful that some of these would translate into concrete business.

Paolo Lepri, Export Sales Manager of Italian manufacturer GB Meccanica was also positive about the show. The Company offers machinery for manufacture of all types of hollow jewellery products including beads, tubes, chains and also fancy shapes. Stating that the machines are popular among gold jewellery manufacturers across India, Lepri said that they enable jewellers to produce jewellery that retains the large look that is in demand across India, but at a much lighter weight. He added that the Company has been doing business in India for nearly 15 years and has an established clientele all across the country.  “The show has been good, with visits from our older customers as well as new walk ins.”

Sky Huang and Nicole Li at the stall of Dong Gu Laser Technology (HK) too said that the turnout at the show had been up to their expectations. The machinery manufacturers from the Far-East said that the inquiries had been from many different parts of the country, and offered good openings for follow up.

Fredrico Murari of Electrolaser SRL, who is already looking forward to the IIJS Premiere show in which the company will be participating later this year, said that there were benefits from being present at both shows. “The visitor profile at each is different. At the IIJS Premiere, which is far from the main venue, we mainly get the ‘specialists’, those who are directly involved in production and with machinery. But, here we see many more visitors from the senior management  / jeweller-owner level who are decision makers. They step across from the jewellery side of the show to get an overview of the technology and new systems, without getting deeply into too many technical details,” he says.

“Both types of visitors are good for our business, so both formats work well for us,” he concludes.