The first edition of Mineral & Gem Asia concluded on a positive note at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on 30 June 2015, with over 4,600 local and overseas visitors attending the fair. Organiser UBM Asia expressed that more than 1,900 of the total number of visitors were trade buyers including exhibitors and visitors from June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
“The launch of Mineral & Gem Asia was an important milestone in UBM Asia’s fair history. We were glad that the fair had received great support from the industry. Over 100 exhibitors showcased the world’s rare and invaluable minerals & fossils as well as decorative gemstone products. It gave global buyers a platform to source effectively from suppliers from around the world without having to travel to many overseas shows,”
said Mr Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President, UBM Asia. He excited the extraordinary exhibits featured in the fair.
“It was a privilege for UBM Asia to have been given the opportunity to showcase rare and well-preserved fossils at our show, thanks to the Stephen Hui Geological Museum of The University of Hong Kong. Among these exhibits were the Permian invertebrate fossils and Jurassic and Tertiary plant fossils unearthed from Lantau Island and Dong Ping Chau in Hong Kong,” Mr Diener continued.
The fair featured 103 exhibitors from 27 countries & regions while the visitors came from 55 countries and regions in Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Oceania, Middle East, Central, North & South America. Mineral & Gem Asia is recommended by The Munich Show.
"As the world's No 1 hub for gems and jewellery Hong Kong is the perfect place to establish an international mineral show. UBM did a great job in organizing this first edition of "Mineral & Gem Asia". With its modern venue, a high quality exhibitor list and the attracting special exhibition this was an excellent start with the potential to become Asia's leading mineral show,"
said by Mr Christoph Keilmann, CEO of Mineralientage München Fachmesse GmbH, the fair organiser of The Munich Show.
Hong Kong-based visitors totalled 2,981. The largest group of visitors from outside Hong Kong came from mainland China, the number recorded being 835. The mainland was followed by Taiwan, with 126; India, with 83; Thailand, with 82; Japan, with 62 and Australia, with 41.
Apart from the spectacular display of rare mineral specimens, the showcase of three dinosaurs – Tyrannosaurus rex-King Kong, the Allosaurus and the Suuwassea – was also well-received by the visitors as they were being displayed to the public for the first time in Asia. A three-dimensional model of the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx and an Archaeopteryx fossil were also very popular among the visitors.
Panel of Experts
Seminars conducted by prominent speakers from around the world were popular among the attendees. Six seminars discussed a variety of topics, including minerals, gemstones and gold specimen collecting. Among the speakers were Mr Bryan Lees, Miss Monica Kitt, Mr Dougal Pitt, Mr Wayne Leicht, Mr Mark Mauthner and Dr Edward Liu.
The fair will be renamed Mineral, Gem & Fossil Asia and will be held from 24 to 27 June 2016 at AsiaWorld-Expo. The June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, meanwhile, will be held from 23 to 26 June 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This special arrangement will enable gemstone exhibitors at the June Fair to attend the Mineral, Gem & Fossil Asia. In addition, an enhanced advertising and promotion campaign will be executed to attract more trade buyers to the fair.
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