EPHJ says it is excited to be back after what it described as a “sterile” 2020.
In light of that, organisers promise they have done everything in their power to ensure that 2021 can be held in the best possible conditions.
This year, the Trade Show will host more than 500 exhibitors at Palexpo with large numbers of Swiss and international visitors, mainly from neighbouring countries, already signing up.
Alexandre Catton, director of the trade show, said: “The convivial and friendly spirit at the EPHJ Trade Show is one of the main factors behind its success.”
Adding: “Everyone really wants to meet up, reconnect with each other, smile at one other without a screen, have a drink with their clients and do some face to face business.”
Ahead of the show this year, a multitude of innovations are waiting in workshops and research and development offices, as evidenced by the number of applications received for the 2021 Exhibitors’ Grand Prix, which rewards the most brilliant of these new creations.
The winner of this competition, elected by their peers, will be announced on 14 September.
To access the Trade Show, in compliance with the rules defined by the FOPH, visitors and exhibitors must present an identity document and a valid COVID certificate (in QR Code form) evidencing that they have been vaccinated, previously contracted the disease or been tested.
These precautions will allow visitors and exhibitors not to wear a mask inside the halls if they do not wish to do so.
Looking at what the show has on offer more closely, EPHJ says innovation will be at the heart of this 2021 edition, especially during the various Round Tables, thanks to the participation of experts and recognised personalities, according to the following programme:
– 14 September at 2:30 p.m.: “How far will the reconfiguration of the watch market go?” with the participation of Jean-Daniel Pasche, President of the Watchmaking Federation and Philippe Bauer, President of the Convention Patronale de l’Industrie Horlogère
– 15 September at 9:00 a.m.: “The essential role of Research for the future of high precision and watchmaking” with the participation of leaders of CSEM and CNRS
– 15 September at 2:00 p.m.: “Medtech: what are the market opportunities for high-precision players?” with the participation of Benoit Dubuis, director of Campus Biotech and Sébastien Virtel, senior VP of the Acrotec Group.
– 16 September at 10:00 a.m.: “Traceability and sustainability: the new demands of watchmaking on suppliers” with the participation of Antoine de Montmollin, CEO of Metalor and Didier Théraulaz, sustainability advisor at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.
– 16 September at 2:00 p.m.: “Laser and additive manufacturing” with Swissphotonics