The Professional Environment of Watchmaking - Jewelry (EPHJ) Show

Now a major annual international event (nearly 500 exhibitors this year), the EPHJ Show will take place from 3 to 6 June in Beaulieu-Lausanne. All microtechnologies will be represented, with a special EPHJ section devoted to watchmaking and jewellery and an EPMT section focusing on other microtechnologies (the aerospace and biomedical industries, metrology, microelectronics and robotics). EPHJ is the only annual meeting place for all professions involved in the manufacture and finishing of products in the fields of watchmaking and jewellery.

Growing numbers of exhibitors and visitors have made this an annual event not to be missed, giving their seal of approval to an exhibition which offers suppliers and clients the opportunity to meet, get to know one other and forge relationships in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to creativity and business.

On a floor space 10% larger than last year, the 2008 edition of the EPHJ will welcome more than 360 exhibitors, including more than 70 from France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Great Britain.

The arrival of new exhibitors will add even more depth to the range of expertise present and increase the variety of products and services on offer; and professional visitors in search of ideas and suppliers will appreciate this spiralling diversity.

In a break with the previous edition, certain exhibitors working (or wishing to work) mainly in fields of activity outside watchmaking (particularly some well known machine manufacturers) have begun an initiative, likely to become more marked next year, which sees them exhibit either wholly or partially at the parallel Professional MicroTechnologies Environment Show (EPMT), thereby multiplying the synergies between the two events, as indeed is the intention.

EPMT is the only exhibition in Switzerland which brings together all microtechnologies, enabling exhibitors to showcase different fields of application and visitors to find new ideas in areas complementary to those in which they are active throughout the year.

In addition, in the light of the resounding success of its conferences in 2007, the EPFL (Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne) has decided to hold its Microtechnology Days at the EPHJ-EPMT event and, in collaboration with relevant Swiss associations, has organised a rich and varied programme of conferences on the subject of "Applied Photonics", (details below).

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