The 11th EPHJ-EPMT-SMT trade show opened yesterday at the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva. The number of exhibitors reached a record 664, and the number of visitors is expected to exceed 13,000. The number of exhibiting watchmaking suppliers, microtechnology and medical technology companies increased by 100, or 16%.
Along with the 4-day exhibition, until June 8, a series of lectures focusing on future technology and industry needs will be held at the exhibition.
‘EPHJ-EPMT-SMT is a unique European forum for the exchange of expertise and important innovations. The microtechnology industry continues to develop with the talent and vitality of all people. Today, in Geneva, they are a great opportunity to show themselves. That’s why this annual conference is so important: everyone can showcase their products and technologies, stay up-to-date with the latest technological innovations and harmonize with the market, ‘said Johann N., Member of the Swiss Parliament and Head of the Federal Economic Affairs Department Schneider-Ammann said.
The co-founder of the exhibition, André Colard, recalls the use of 316 L stainless steel, ceramics, and even the application of laser technology from the medical industry to the watchmaking industry, emphasizing the synergy of the exhibition. ‘At our show, productive exchanges between different industries have allowed the subcontracting industry to continue to develop and revive,’ he said. ‘The fact is so. For example, we will find some special materials developed by medical technology experts today. It is becoming more and more common in watches. In this case, everyone is a winner. ‘
The Grand Prix des Exposants Grand Prix was set up in 2012, which will reward exhibitors for technological innovation, contribution to the growth and development of the industry, manufacturing technology and originality. The final day of the show will announce the list of Grand Prix winners.
Visit www.ephj.ch for the full schedule of lectures, or check out the new iPhone app at the trade show.