Mr. Rajesh Vummidi
23-25 March 2018Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai
Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition (GJIIE) 2016 concludes on a bullish note
South India’s Largest B2B International Jewellery Show by MJDMA and UBM India
The 12th edition of the three-day mega B2B gem and jewellery extravaganza, the Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition (GJIIE 2016) drew to a successful and promising close. The exhibition was held at the Chennai Trade Centre from October 7th to 9th , 2016. The show was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, Padma Shri Awardee and other key dignitaries Mr. Rajesh Vummidi, Chairman, MJDMA – GJIIE, Mr. Jayantilal Chalani, President, MJDMA, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India and Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee, Group Director UBM India.
Speaking on the successful completion of the 12th edition of GJIIE, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said“South India is the country's major consumer of gold and diamond jewellery and through GJIIE 2016, UBM India provided an international trading platform enabling jewellery, diamond, pearl and gemstone suppliers to congregate, interact and network with key buyers, both local and international in the Southern region. The overwhelming industry response further validates the industry need for such a large trade platform to tap the potential of South India’s market, for both exhibitors and visitors. The expo co-hosted with MJDMA, is the second largest jewellery expo in the country and is one of the four successful pan India jewellery shows, held annually by UBM India. This year, the expo saw a growth of 35% with exhibitors from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Trissur, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Madurai, amongst many others.”
The three day expo being the second largest gems & jewellery B2B exhibition in India had participation of over 350 wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters, jewellery manufacturers, diamond, gemstone, pearl suppliers and traders, precious metal and jewellery mounting traders and suppliers, and representatives from trade and governmental bodies. It was a gateway to the Indian jewellery market and provided an excellent platform for buyers and suppliers to connect, network, exchange ideas, discover upcoming trends and generate business opportunities. In addition to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and other potential II and III tier cities in India, the exhibition also had delegate representation from Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai, thus substantiating the international reach and presence of GJIIE 2016.
The exhibitors presented a wide spectrum of merchandise including diamonds, pearls, gemstones, studded jewellery, exquisite South Indian gold jewellery including Temple Nakshi Jewellery , Stone Studded Jewellery, and Bridal Jewellery such as Manga Malai, Kasu Mala and Pachhi Designs, to name a few. Some of the innovations at the expo included Challani Jewellery Mart’s display of a collection of Rudramadevi jewellery from Bhahubali, GRT Jewellers’ display of the heaviest pair of gold earrings that weighs 1.5 KGs and is certified by Guinness World Records, Gomathi Jewellers’ display miniatures of the world cup, and a working gold fan amongst others.
Some of the notable exhibitors who participated included leading players from Chennai, Trissur, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Madurai, Cochin, along with Mumbai, Hyderabad, Rajkot, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Kolhapur, Calicut, Surat, and Vijayawada, to name just a few. The exhibitor names included leading players like Emerald, Krizz, Royal Chains, Sangam Chains, Damara Gold, Jewel Park, Mehta Gold, White Fire, Laxmi Diamonds, Bonitas Diamonds, Chain N Chains, Angel Gold, Anmol Swarn, Silver Emporium, Derewala, Harish Creations and Ashlyn Chemunnoor.
This year, GJIIE 2016 also witnessed the Tamil Nadu Retail Jewellers Awards, a unique initiative honouring the best in the retail jewellery business in the southern region. Some of the nomination categories of the coveted awards included ‘Design Excellence’, ‘Best Print Ad’, ‘Best Marketing Campaign’, ‘Store of the Year’, ‘Exemplary Customer Service’, ‘Best Retail Team of the Year’, and more. The awards were interspersed with sequences of a fashion show which showcased astonishing pieces of jewellery, capturing the trends of the season.
UBM has been an integral part of the jewellery industry for nearly three decades now, organizing similar renowned jewellery fairs worldwide. GJIIE is one of the four-city jewellery shows (Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi) hosted throughout the year by UBM India.