SIGNS OF TRUST FROM THE GOLD & JEWELLERY INDUSTRY
VICENZAORO Fall is over. The final data record the attendance of 7,160 visitors from abroad, while the Italian attendance data reached 10,879 visitors.
VICENZAORO Fall strengthened the expectations that were aroused by the About J preview, where international buyers and top Italian retailers showed a solid business orientation. This attitude continued also during the exhibition held in the Vicenza fairgrounds that was visited by buyers from 111 countries, with particular regard to the Euro Zone, Central and Eastern Europe, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Asia with particular reference to China and North America.
The September edition of VICENZAORO confirms the signs of recovery in international demand, already remarked in the early months of 2013. For the first time, after two years of negative signals, the second quarter of 2013 showed a positive result for Italian exports of jewellery (ISTAT data) that have grown in terms of both value (+6%) and quantity (+2.6%) over the same period of the previous year. Particularly significant is the growth in exports to the United States (+12% in value) and to the United Arab Emirates (+32% in value). We will see if this trend will continue also in the final months of the year. Among the industry players there is an atmosphere of moderate confidence.
VICENZAORO Fall 2013 was, first and foremost, the starting point for a new vision of the relationships between Fiera di Vicenza, gold and jewellery businesses, and the economic categories. The Trade Show Company, international leader in the organisation of Jewellery Shows, took care to listen to the different voices in the sector so as to fully understand the needs of client-firms and to support their development.
On the third evening of a series of meetings which Fiera di Vicenza dedicated to the voice of entrepreneurs, President Paolo Mantovani and his guests brought it all together, drawing future plans, objectives and commitments.
Last night saw the last of a series of meetings that Fiera di Vicenza, for the first time in its history, has dedicated to the voice of exhibitors. An initiative highly appreciated by the jewelry community. It was a very special evening that saw the President of Fiera di Vicenza Paolo Mantovani, President of Federorafi Licia Mattioli, Master Gianmaria Buccellati and the President of the National Association of Goldsmiths of Confartigianato Franco Pozzebon on the stage coordinated by journalist Natascha Lusenti. Their task: to design a possible future.
"I take comfort in the fact," began the President Paolo Mantovani "that much of what I have heard in these meetings has confirmed what I had already guessed. Fiera di Vicenza has to open itself up, face and lead change by taking companies on a new path in dealing with foreign markets with competence and decisions."
THE NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN FIERA DI VICENZA AND HKTDC
The deep partnership between Fiera di Vicenza and HKTDC comes against the backdrop of the brisk jewellery trade between Hong Kong and Italy. Italy ranked the sixth largest supplier of fine jewellery to Hong Kong in 2012. In the first 6 months of 2013, the total import of fine jewellery into Hong Kong from Italy was valued at EUR 257 million (USD 339 million), an increase by 12.6%, year-on-year. Reciprocally, fine jewellery worth EUR 52 million (USD 68 million) was exported from Hong Kong to Italy.
The two main organizers of jewellery exhibitions, Fiera di Vicenza and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) team up to bring to the fore the design and innovation of international jewellery at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (HKIJS). Following the success of 2013, the two trade show companies deepen their mutual cooperation, with a view to next year's edition.
“The partnership between Fiera di Vicenza and HKTDC, organiser of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, allows us to develop joint promotional strategies - says Paolo Mantovani, President of Fiera di Vicenza – and this is a clear example of the internationalization process envisaged in the guidelines for updating the Strategic Plan FDV 2013-2017. The goal is to transform Fiera di Vicenza and VICENZAORO into a platform for the worldwide promotion of the Italian excellence manufacturing and technological innovation, as well as into a provider of high value-added services aimed to the qualification and promotion of the involved sectors. In this context, it is strategic for Fiera di Vicenza to initiate close, practical collaboration with the trade associations in their role as a link with the companies they represent, and to set up or consolidate international strategic partnerships in order to strengthen internationalisation".
The General Manager of Fiera di Vicenza Corrado Facco comments: “I am very happy that this project has been launched, since it represents an important target within the framework of the strategic presence of our know-how in the global market. We have worked on this project with HKTDC in the last 24 months and, starting from 2014, we will, therefore, add to our offering range a new interesting initiative. This renewed agreement shows that Fiera di Vicenza masters the ability to get across the world and modulate its offering, featuring specific design characteristics making it an innovative point of reference. We have created a global comprehensive interconnection with markets, proposing Fiera di Vicenza as an international platform supporting business networking and also as a place where to exchange ideas and know-how”.
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Many stories in the VICENZAORO piazza
Offering an important showcase is no longer enough. With VICENZAORO Incontri Fiera di Vicenza also offers its exhibitors a microphone.
Yesterday marked the first evening of VICENZAORO Incontra: an informal meeting, as Chairman Paolo Mantovani stressed, to allow many market protagonists to share their stories. "At a time like this we are concerned but equally confident," the President said: "it’s up to us to get through it. Maybe even by taking advantage of these meetings. This is a place where people talk and deal with it. Fiera di Vicenza gets comfortable and listens," he concluded, taking a seat in the audience and starting to take
Thus, under the direction of the manager, writer and motivator Sebastiano Zanolli, many stories surfaced, each with their own peculiarities , all with the common denominator of a strong will, based on great trust.
Porte Bonheur, on show, new millennium amulets
The exhibition, organised by Alba Cappellieri and Livia Tenuta, opened yesterday. On show, selected designs from the last edition of the Next Jeneration Jewellery Talent Contest.
The Porte Bonheur Exhibition preview took place yesterday on the opening day of VICENZAORO Fall, where it will remain until the end of the trade fair when, from 12th to 29th September, it will be transferred to Palazzo Bonin Longare in Vicenza's historical centre.
The first humans to wear ornaments knew nothing of vanity: what we now think of as "jewellery" and that once consisted of shells, stones, pieces of wood or animal teeth, was meant to "bring good fortune", to keep evil at bay, to heal.... Mankind's very first jewellery items were none other than lucky charms. It is therefore extremely interesting that, although this function has been lost through the millenniums and jewellery's ornamental purpose has practically taken over entirely, this ancient function was re-introduced as a theme for the last edition of the Next Jeneration young designer contest set up by Fiera di Vicenza. The contest has now become an exhibition organised by Fiera in collaboration with Apindustria, CNA Vicenza, Confartigianato Vicenza and Confindustria Vicenza.
The exhibition, under the curatorship of Alba Cappellieri, a teacher at Milan Polytechnic, and Livia Tenuta, also from Milan Polytechnic, showcases the twenty selected designs from the contest and subsequently produced by Vicenza In fact, the idea created a temporal short circuit that released a spark of creativity from young stylists as well as yet another chance for Vicenza craftsmen to prove and highlight their ability to produce an object from an idea.
The tv channel dedicated to jewelry
VICENZAORO goes on air Fiera di Vicenza conquers the ether with VICENZAORO CHANNEL, the TV channel dedicated to the world of jewelry. Although still an infant, it is already making great strides. VICENZAORO CHANNEL, the TV channel of Fiera di Vicenza, viewable 24 hours a day throughout Europe and North Africa, represents a privileged access to the worlds of jewelry and precious metals. An exclusive insight and behind-the-scenes look into new trends of haute jewelry, the channel made its debut last January at the Winter edition of VICENZAORO. The results were startling: twenty-four hours a day of live coverage and insights broadcasted for the duration of the event, reports and testimonials by key figures and designers in the industry, in addition to many previews on initiatives by VICENZAORO. As the saying goes, the show must goes on. Thanks to this new technology and crucial outpost, Fiera di Vicenza is expanding its presence in the world of communication and new media, a sector already established thanks to VICENZAORO.COM, the new multimedia portal of Fiera di Vicenza which has already become a milestone for the vast international Community that gathers in Vicenza. In Italy, VICENZAORO CHANNEL is viewable on the free channel 832 available from Sky and Tivùsat. But that is not all: the TV channel of Fiera di Vicenza is about to become an international phenomena, a strategic asset for communicating the values, resources and excellence to a wider more attentive and cosmopolitan audience. During VICENZAORO Spring, from 18th to 22nd May 2013, VICENZAORO CHANNEL restarts its editorial insights about the tradeshow and the related events. Stay tuned.
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VIORO Daily is distributed every morning at the Fair entrance and in the foyer of key hotels. With precision and care, VIORO Daily gives a running report on all the activities held inside the Fair and is therefore an important showcase for all the sector traders. With its articles, reporting and daily distribution, VIORO Daily is a formidable communication tool for every player along the production line.