Antwerp Diamond Bodies Partnering With CARAT+ 2018 Show

CARAT+ has announced a partnership with the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FDBD) and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) for the second edition of the show from May 6-8.

Easyfairs and the Antwerp diamond sector "will combine their efforts to continue to build an ambitious vision for the future of the international diamond business". The organization of CARAT+ in the Antwerp Expo Halls, with large spaces and logistical facilities, meets the demands of exhibitors and visitors alike, and anchors the show in Antwerp, the organizers said.

“We are pleased an agreement has been reached in order to bundle our efforts with CARAT+, the new Antwerp diamond and jewelry show,” said Philippe Barsamian, President of the FBDB. “This partnership will create a new synergy and will ultimately benefit the entire Antwerp diamond industry and especially our members. The dynamism and the diversity of our diamantaires will be highlighted in this new international framework.”

“This partnership allows us to associate the Antwerp diamond sector and its organizations to an already successful CARAT+ trade-show concept,” said Dirk Oosterlinck, Managing Director Easyfairs. “With our partners, we believe we are even better placed to expand the CARAT+ claim as ‘The World’s Premier Diamond Event’ and to continually develop it into the most relevant meeting, networking and sales event for the international diamond business.”

Launched in 2017, the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors in its first year. In addition to the FDBD and AWDC, show partners and sponsors also include Dutch bank ABN AMRO, motor company, Bentley, security expert Brinks, Brussels Airlines, insurance broker Driesassur and the GIA.