Wednesday 17th March took place the Opening Ceremony of Baselworld.
Baselworld is the salon recognized worldwide as the watchmaking and jewelery industry platform ‘par excellence’, was launched today in the presence of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga. Baselworld 1500 brings together brands among the most famous and prestigious in the world, 4000 journalists of traditional print and new media, all from the four corners of the planet. From March 17 to 24, Baselworld 2016 will catalyze professionals and consumers around the world.
René Kamm, CEO of MCH Group, has welcomed the Federal Councillor, Simonetta Sommaruga, declaring himself honored to see it open Baselworld 2016. This year represents a significant step, since the MCH Group is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its first Trade Fair Swiss (Muba). Kamm has traced the history of this fair, which marks the beginning of the Group and the birth of the exhibition business in Basel and Switzerland. It made a special tribute to Baselworld and demonstrated its pride and joy because of developments in the lounge. From small exhibition of Swiss watches in the Muba, Baselworld has become “the largest platform dedicated to the industry.” However, he stressed that “keep this leadership role requires considerable efforts” and that “Baselworld continues to consolidate and strengthen its position as the leader year after year – a rare quality that deserves to be highlighted.” He has at the same time evoked the difficult economic situation that the world and the industry are going through. Kamm has reaffirmed its confidence in the sector: “Where prevails the passion, the will to overcome the challenges will always be crowned with success. The watch industry and jewelry have the passion and resilience necessary to accommodate these challenges. ”
Sylvie Ritter said Baselworld had sensed the uncertainty of some exhibitors, mainly among small and medium enterprises, less organized to deal with a drop in demand in the medium term. Despite these uncertainties, it has proudly announced that almost all the previous year’s exhibitors are present at this new edition, although some have decided for economic reasons obvious to participate this year in a small number of events and demonstrations. In conclusion, Ms. Ritter has unequivocally stated that the show works tirelessly to meet the needs and expectations of the industry, thus giving reason to those faithful exhibitors’ know that Baselworld will continue to move forward, to invest in the future, to grow even the quality and attractiveness of this event to strengthen its leading position. ”
The ceremony of opening of Baselworld ended with a speech of Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga.