Monday, 16 January 2017


Rimini, 16 January 2017 – 2017 is getting off to a great start for IEG – Italian Exhibition Group SpA. The new player on the expo scenario officially founded on 1st November with the merger between Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza, which is the second Italian expo hub as far as turnover is concerned. Helmed by president Lorenzo Cagnoni, vice president Matteo Marzotto and General Manager Corrado Facco, IEG begins the new year with two world-level expos - VICENZAORO and SIGEP – each in its respective market, but based on the same great value: things well done in Italy.
President Cagnoni announces, ´Overall, the two expos will feature over 4,000 exhibitors, await 260,000 trade visitors, of whom, with a wonderful international profile, over 70,000 will be from aboard.´
500 highly qualified top buyers from the main key markets will be at Vicenza, and the same number are awaited at SIGEP; in both cases in collaboration with ICE, the Agency for the foreign promotion and internationalization of Italian enterprises - foreseen by the Italian government´s special plan for the promotion of Italian-made products.

On Friday 20th January, Fiera di Vicenza hosts the inauguration of VICENZAORO January, the international jewellery boutique. Until 25th January, products, new collections and innovation of over 1,500 brands from 36 countries will be showcased. Visitors, buyers, journalists, opinion leaders and trendsetters are awaited from over 120 nations.
The leitmotif of VICENZAORO January 2017 will be Responsible Gold, a project begun at the previous editions, for the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility on the gold and jewellery world, which features important issues such the value of traceabilitỳ, ethical trading, environmental protection, the safeguard of workers´ rights and obligations, and health protection. The following appointments with VICENZAORO are scheduled from 23rd to 27th September, for the autumn edition, and from 15th to 18th November for VOD - Dubai International Jewellery Show.
Visitors to VICENZAORO will also have the opportunity to see the second new edition of the Jewellery Museum, inaugurated on 16th December 2016, the first in Italy and one of the few in the world dedicated exclusively to Jewellery, locate in Vicenza´s Palladian Basilica.

On Saturday 21st January, Fiera di Rimini will host the inauguration of SIGEP, the world-level expo dedicated to artisan confectionery, which this year is being held along with the biennial A.B. Tech Expo, featuring bakery technologies. With the expo centre sold out for months, Fiera di Rimini will also use the recently finished first stage of the expo centre´s expansion, which increased space to 118,000 sq.m. and foresees a rise to 129,000 sq.m. at the end of 2017: Gelato, pastry, bakery and coffee (included in the expo´s denomination as of this year) are the product chains featured.
With the participation of all international artisan confectionery´s great masters, the expo awaits visitors from 170 countries and the program includes extremely interesting events, such as the Under-23 World Confectionery Championship (10 teams from every continent, the German Challenge with 62 German gelato makers competing for access to the finals of the Gelato World Tour in Berlin in July 2017; Bread in The City, with eight nations (the first four at the last two edition) fighting it out for the title of best country for bakery specialities. SIGEP will also host the announcement of the new stops on the Gelato World Tour and Gelato Festival.

ELISABETTA VITALI | head of national media & corporate communication | ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP S.p.A.
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