| The fifth edition of GJEPC's Signature IIJS 2012, slated from January 6-9, 2012, at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (NSE Complex), Mumbai, concluded on an optimistic note from the exhibitors as well as visitors. The first exhibition of the year showcased the world's best and finest in gems and jewellery across 22,000 sq mts of space. With over 10,000 visitors, 800 booths, 450+ exhibitors; Signature IIJS 2012 grew to more than double its size this year. This year the show was much more grande than its previous avatars seen in Goa and Mumbai.
Signature IIJS has been conceptualized to represent and showcase the very best that India has to offer in terms of design, craftsmanship and quality. This exclusive platform saw participation from India's leading, hand-picked companies who displayed the choicest in products and design.
The fifth edition of Signature IIJS 2012 was formatted at the couture level and focused more on designer jewellery. There are plans of expanding the show next year to include more gems and jewellery exhibitors. The plan includes spreading it over a much larger space to give it a further niche look.
GJEPC's objective of keeping Signature IIJS 2012 show an exclusive buyer event has been successful. The general frame of mind of the exhibitors on the concluding day of the event was quite cheerful and they expressed pleasure at the reasonably well business held during the course of four days at the show. For those few who anticipated very little or no business at all, they were genuinely surprised at the kind of serious queries they could generate at the show.
Most of the exhibitors were of the opinion that though the number of visitors, compared to the last four editions were fairly less, they received patient and business-minded buyers who though not in a hurry to buy, were keenly waiting the wedding season to begin in the next few months.
According to Mr. Alpesh P Thadeshwar of J P Enterprise, "The show is just too good. It is not only better, but much better than last year and I am glad I decided to participate for the second time here. The response on all the four days of the show has been extremely good though the buyers are looking for the same kind of products at around 15 to 20 percent lesser price than compared to last year".
Mr. Pinakin Shah, director, Kalyan Jewels Pvt. Ltd from Ahmadabad, says, "This is our first experience at Signature IIJS and we are quite happy with the kind of response we got at the show. We met with fair number of new clients at the show and the business in general has been moderately good. We are looking forward to participating at the main IIJS August show also and will try to book a stall this year".
But according to Mr. Manish Kumar Kotawala of Delhi-based Kotawala Creations Pvt. Ltd, because of the worldwide recession, things didn't move as per expectations. But he maintains a positive outlook and is looking forward to the forthcoming wedding season. He expects sales to improve in the first quarter following the local wedding season.
Jaipur-based Lifestyle Jewels' Mr. Ashish Mehta sounds happy about the overall steady enquiries the company received during the show. The company received good many orders for their unique one-off jewellery pieces displayed at the show. He says, "Though there were ample of foreign delegates, I still feel that we should have more visitors from Russia and Middle East countries as I guess these two markets have so much of potential".
Next year Signature IIJS will be held from February 22 to 25 and is expected to be about 20 percent bigger in magnitude and splendor.