Approximately one month before it is due to begin, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia has set a new record in the amount of booked exhibition space. To meet increased demand, the trade fair for the ceramics industry in Southeast Asia, which already increased the amount of space it occupied in 2016, had to do so again. From March 1 to 3, visitors at the Gujarat University Exhibition Centre in Ahmedabad will find the Who’s Who of the domestic and international ceramics industry on more than 11,000 square meters of exhibition space (2016: 9,500 square meters). Besides the latest industry solutions that are tailored to the Asian market, visitors can also look forward to a unique supporting program.
Status: High demand for space
All well-known companies in the ceramics industry have registered for Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia 2017—many of them requesting more space than organizers had expected. On more than 11,000 square meters of exhibition space, visitors can gather information about the entire value chain in the ceramics industry, from classic to high-tech ceramics, from some 250 exhibitors. Among other things, industry giants such as Colorobbia, Cretaprint, De Boer, Dorst, Eirich, Esmalglass-Itaca, H&R Johnson, Imerys, Netzsch, Sabo, SACMI, Sibelco, SITI B&T, Smalticeram, Smaltochimica, System, Torrecid and Verdes will be represented in Ahmedabad. The number of international exhibitors participating in this year’s fair in particular has increased by another 20 percent. Dr. Robert Schönberger, Exhibition Group Director for ceramitec & Indian Ceramics, is pleased that interest among companies is so high: “Even now, the number of registered companies is already higher than the final number from last year. The increased number of exhibitors underscores the fair’s significance for the southeast Asian ceramics market.”
First-rate supporting program
Besides the fair, visitors attending Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia can enjoy the added value of a first-rate supporting program that includes the Innovation Exchange Forum, the cfi – Ceramic Forum International – Workshop, the I-Bart Workshop and the new Buyer-Seller Forum. This combination of a trade show and a forum program is unique for the industry in this region.
Innovation Exchange Forum
The Innovation Exchange Forum is a know-how forum where the latest trends and new technologies in the ceramics industry are introduced in best-practice presentations. This is the fourth time that the forum is being held in conjunction with the fair. To provide trade visitors and other interested parties with the best possible information, topics are selected in close cooperation with industry partners in India. Renowned speakers from the industry, from trade associations and above all from the show’s exhibitors will lead visitors through the program in 30-minute slots.
cfi – Ceramic Forum International – Workshop
The Ceramic Forum International Workshop is also being held for the fourth time. The title of this year’s workshop is “Advanced Process Technologies and Raw Material Solutions for the Indian Market.” The workshop starts at 10:30 on the second day of the fair with a Q&A session before moving on to practical applications and technical implementation.
The title of the first I-Bart Workshop is “Mechanization of Traditional Indian Clay Brick Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.” It takes place from 10:00–13:00 on March 3, 2017. Well-known representatives of the heavy clay ceramics industry underscore the significance that this sector of the industry has to the trade fair. They will share important insights into the future of this key ceramics sector.
The Buyer-Seller Forum is also being held at Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia for the first time. Specially organized meetings allow exhibitors and the industry’s leading managers to exchange ideas and information. Everyday between 11:00 and 16:00, participants have a chance to meet, conduct business and make new contacts.
Online visitor registration
Anyone who is interested can register online for Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia (http://viablesoft.com/Indiaceramics2017/index.asp). Visitors who register in advance can access the fair directly via special counters. More than 7,000 visitors are expected.
Additional information about both exhibitions is available at www.indian-ceramics.com or at www.ceramicsasia.net.