IJL Announces Germany as the Market Focus for 2016

14 Mar 2016

Germany, renowned for its fine and high end silver jewellery, has been selected as the IJL Market Focus for 2016. This international business initiative, successfully launched last year with a focus on Italy and a group of innovative Italian companies, aims to facilitate links and boost trade between UK jewellery industry members and their international counterparts.

Market share for German brands and designers has been steadily on the increase. In 2013 to 2014, a robust 61% growth rate in jewellery imports from Germany was recorded* - in line with the UK’s overall imports of silver jewellery growing from just $7 million USD in 2009 to $274 million USD in 2014*. Since then demand has been going from strength to strength.

With fifteen German companies already set to showcase their new collections and flagship pieces at IJL 2016, the German Market Focus will provide an insightful view of the very best of German design and creativity.

Of particular note are Hans D. Krieger, a family firm with decades of expertise and renowned for faultless classic design with a twist; Richard Hans Becker producing distinguished and classic jewellery, epitomising elegance; Manu Werkstatt Fur Schmuck creating exquisite hand-crafted designs, and Fine Gems Collection, the leading manufacturer of gold and silver jewellery, using the finest diamonds and natural coloured gemstones.

Sam Willoughby, Show Director, explained the importance of this venture. “Germany’s skilled design is recognised around the world - especially in the silver jewellery sector - and we hope that this year’s Market Focus will help aid the exchange of essential market knowledge and forge business links, as well as encourage the sharing of trend and design inspiration. IJL supports business networking and this will see different countries united by a common appreciation of the best in jewellery practice and production.”

Johannes Weege, MANU jewellery and IJL 2015 exhibitor, commented: “We met 80% of our UK customer base at IJL last year. All the important UK jewellery stores come to IJL and for us it is the meeting point for the industry.”

"I´m exhibiting at IJL, because this show opens the gateway to the UK market for me. In the classy and stylish atmosphere of IJL it is easy for vendors and buyers to make contacts on the highest level," added Richard Hans Becker, when exhibiting at IJL 2015.

Comments supported by Chris Dowrick, Ch. Dahlinger an IJL 2015 exhibitor: “We have exhibited for more than 30 years at IJL, as it offers the company the perfect opportunity to show the UK buyers our complete packaging and display collections, during the key buying period of the year. We generated a significant number of strong enquiries resulting in a high conversion to order values. The last two years have seen a growth in orders in excess of 20% over previous years and the UK is now regarded as one of our key markets within our overall business."

The German Market Focus is supported by a comprehensive, proactive online and direct marketing campaign in the lead up to the show, during and post the event. All participating German exhibitors will also be featured in an exclusive catwalk scene on the Sunday Late Night Shopping event and thereafter within the Catwalk shows for the duration of IJL 2016.

*Source: RX analysis of UN Comtrade data
25 November 2015


IJL 2016 will run from 4 to 6 September 2016 at Olympia GRAND, London. For more information about IJL 2016 please contact: Jennifer Hall-Thompson or Suzanna Hammond +44 (0) 207 630 6633 / +44 (0) 7770 802442 IJLPressoffice@reedexpo.co.uk

About International Jewellery London
International Jewellery London is the UK’S leading trade event for the international jewellery industry. The event showcases the latest product ranges from over 550 high end, finished jewellery manufacturers, designers, loose gemstones, and retail services suppliers. IJL attracts an unparalleled range of jewellery focussed and pre-qualified buyers from 64 countries in an exclusive trading environment to do business, share knowledge and network in the heart of London, the UK’s style capital. Inspiring the industry for over 60 years, IJL showcases future industry trends, provides 100% free education and attracts an unrivalled selection of consumer and trade press. For further information please visit www.jewellerylondon.com IJL is sponsored by the NAJ and supported by the GIA, Gem-A, The Houlden Group, The Company of Master Jewellers, The Responsible Jewellery Council , Euromonitor and CIBJO.

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