CARAT+ Welcomes Antwerp World Diamond Centre As Main Partner For 2018 EditionMarch 07, 18
(IDEX Online) – CARAT+ has welcomed the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) as its Main Partner for the 2018 edition of the show.
"United by a shared commitment to Antwerp as the ‘Diamond Capital of the World’, AWDC will host a series of unique events before and during CARAT+ 2018 to highlight the city’s world-renowned diamond heritage and expertise," Carat+ and the AWDC said in a statement.
"Highlights will include an immersive 360° film to be shown in the Antwerp Diamond Experience Dome on the CARAT+ show floor. This innovative experience will follow the entire journey of a diamond as it heads towards its final destination: from the moment it is mined, through the cutting and polishing process and, finally, landing in the experienced hands of diamond professionals in Antwerp – the world’s foremost centre for rough and polished diamond trading."
In addition, AWDC will host the world’s first Hack4Diamonds event, from May 4 to May 6, in collaboration with Junction and with the support of CARAT+. This forward-thinking ‘hackathon’ event will address contemporary challenges in the diamond industry by bringing together young innovators, students and start-ups with expertise in computer science, marketing, business management expertise, blockchain, artificial intelligence and more. Together they will ‘hack’ problems and seek to solve challenges during the fair.
Ari Epstein, CEO of AWDC, said: “AWDC is proud to be the newest and Main Partner of CARAT+. After bursting onto the diamond scene last year with a successful maiden edition, we knew CARAT+ represented the future of diamond trade shows in Antwerp, and also knew we wanted to be part of it. We expect the second edition of CARAT+ to be another giant step forward in their objective to become the world’s premier diamond event.”
“In order to stay ahead of global competition, it is also important that we engage with external businesses and professionals and listen to their insights and particular expertise. This culture of co-creation, led by the inaugural Hack4Diamonds event in Antwerp, is what will truly spur innovation across our industry,” Epstein added.
CARAT+ founder and event director, Filip Van Laere, comments: “I am very happy to welcome AWDC as a Main Partner to CARAT+ 2018. I strongly believe that the combination of an entrepreneurial initiative like CARAT+ and one of the most respected organizations in the international diamond community is a tremendous feat. Together, we will help to ensure Antwerp remains a hub of diamond excellence and that CARAT+ develops into an annual destination for diamond networking and sales.”
CARAT+ aims to offer an annual meeting place for buying, networking and debating the future of the diamond industry. 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.
The AWDC’s mission is to ensure Antwerp remains at the forefront of the global diamond industry, to foster awareness of Antwerp’s unparalleled contributions to local and international trade and to inspire current and future generations. It promotes the interests of more than 1,600 individual companies, representing 6,600 direct and 26,000 indirect jobs in Belgium.
CARAT+ takes place from May 6 to 8 at Antwerp Expo in Antwerp.