Speech Script of ICA president Wilson Yuen at the 3rd International Gem and Jewelry Conference (GIT) 2012 on December 12, 2012
Ladies & gentleman, thank you on behalf of ICA for this wonderful opportunity to share our views.
Since 2009, the consumer market has been focused towards the Greater China region which is a newly developing market with huge potential. Growth rate has been very encouraging. However, as global economic cycle flows, major economists are expecting a slowdown in 2013 due to the global down-trend. Stability in emerging markets-especially China-tends to drop gradually, in spite of the projected 8.4 percent in 2012 compared to 9.2 percent in the previous year.
With this expectation, let’s look at our industry in two distinguishing perspectives.
In terms of sales and export, Mainland China and India remain as the largest consumer markets.
As the markets of gold, diamond, pearl with higher price transparency mature, the profit margins become relatively lower. Attentions will continue to be on colored gems for its wide variety and higher profit margins.
For products of top quality, mainstream sales platforms are high-end jewelry shops & department stores. Segmentation is rather a niche like it is in any other regions. Planning for future retirement, education funds, health related expenses are factors which affect spending pattern on the top-end market in China.