The second edition of CARAT+, The World’s Premier Diamond Event, closed on Tuesday, May 8 after a positive three-days of buying, networking, glamour and evening entertainment.
The trade event surpassed its attendance goals, with a total of 3,829 visitors across all three days (up from 2,927 last year). Among those visitors were diamond professionals, buyers and members of the press from 50 countries, including India, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Sharing his opinions on the show, Rapaport Publisher, John Costello, commented: “This show is a beacon of light for the diamond industry in Europe. To have such a stunning platform for diamonds and a show dedicated to the beauty of diamonds is very important to the trade, and it is something that Rapaport is very proud to be associated with. We will do all we can to help promote and develop the show, and this year we have seen a step-up from last year – it is still a very young show and it has years to develop, but this is an excellent start.”
HRD Antwerp Marketing and Communications Manager, Laurence Vadenborre, adds: “The first experience for HRD Antwerp at CARAT+ was very positive. The organisation of the fair was of a top-level, as well as the communication around it. We enjoyed success at our booth, both for our grading service and for the demos of our new equipment. We felt supported by the CARAT+ team throughout this exciting journey and we will be very happy to take part in the next edition.”
CARAT+ 2018 also featured an impressive array of technology for the diamond industry. Chris Sanger, Trade Development Manager at IIDGR De Beers, says: “We had a great experience at the CARAT+ show, which continues to grow as an important event in the calendar. Many people were interested in our diamond detection instruments and adding this technology to the glamour of CARAT+ made for an interesting mix. We look forward to the 2019 event.”
CARAT+ 2018 Main Partner, Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), hosted a hugely successful diamond hackathon, Hack4Diamonds, which concluded at CARAT+ on Sunday, May 6. Hosted in collaboration with Junction, the event finale drew a packed crowd to the CARAT+ conference room where teams presented their innovative ideas to tackle challenges in the diamond sector.
The winning team presented fresh ideas on blockchain technology, while second place was awarded to a team proposing co-working spaces in the diamond sector.
Carat+ founder, Filip Van Laere, concluded: “This year, we achieved a number of significant long-term objectives way ahead of the initial planning. One such objective was to create world-wide awareness for Carat+ as a diamond-specific show with great potential, and I believe we ticked that box successfully in 2018. Now that the global format and all the organisational aspects of the show are fully under control, we can fully concentrate on bringing yet more visitors to experience Carat+. I would like to personally thank the whole Carat+ team, the exhibitors, visitors and special guests who made the second edition of Carat+ such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.”
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