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EPHJ: High-precision industry meets in Geneva

The annual EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Show is one of a kind, unique, in that it is the only trade fair dedicated to microtechnology.

The event is known worldwide for the quality of the exhibiting companies and for the diversity of innovations presented.

Leading companies in three sectors – watchmaking, jewelry, micro-technologies and medical technology – meet every year in Geneva to confront the market and present their products or services to some 20 000 professionals visitors from five continents. 

Known for its concentration of innovations, the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Show is well-known, above all for its ability to allow more than 800 exhibitors to develop new business. This is essential for these companies from 18 countries.

Foster innovation

Fostering innovation and encouraging entrepreneurship is not just an intention at EPHJ-EPMT-SMT, it’s something that is translated into reality.

Having demonstrated a real vision by combining watchmaking know-how, microtechnologies and medical technologies under one roof, and having created a hub of start-ups in 2017, the organizers of the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT show went even further by launching the first “Watch MedTech Innovation” challenge, in collaboration with the Inartis Foundation in 2018.

The objective of this challenge is to bring out, support and accompany new transdisciplinary projects.

Indeed, companies active in the field of watchmaking are still more likely to take advantage of their know-how to diversify into the medical technology sector. There were 365 in 2018.

But this evolution is not so simple.

Alexandre Catton, director of EPHJ-EPMT-SMT, says: “You have to turn the idea into reality.

“The desire for diversification can exist among our exhibitors, but what is lacking the most it is often the means and the support to achieve it.

“This challenge meets this expectation and shows that new potentials exist. It will be renewed in 2019.”

The Exhibitors’ Grand Prix

When we talk about innovation, we inevitably think about the EPHJ-EPMT-SMT Exhibitors’ Grand Prix. This has become a reference, which ensures the winners benefit, besides a free module, from notoriety and welcome media exposure. The former winners of the Grand Prix are unanimous on this point.

The winner in 2018, the SY & SE start-up, convinced the jury with new revolutionary technology for assembling materials, without glue or welding – impulse current bonding.

A breakthrough innovation promised a bright future.

Who will succeed them in 2019?

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