The leading trade fair for ceramics and brick industry, Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia took place from March 7 to 9, 2018 at the new venue in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, where about 300 exhibitors from 18 countries presented their product innovations including ceramics machinery, raw materials and ancillary equipment to more than 8,100 visitors. There was an increase of 35 percent in overall exhibition space and 15 percent increase in visitor footfalls from the past edition reinstating Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia again as the most important trade fair for ceramics and bricks sector in India.
This outstanding result delights Gerhard Gerritzen, Member of the Management Board, Messe München GmbH, and Amen Liao, President, Unifair Exhibition Service: “The milestones in the journey of the trade fair over the past few years have been tremendous—growing in terms of exhibition space, moving to a bigger venue with modern infrastructure and facilities in Gandhinagar and showcasing a substantial spectrum of products and services for the ceramics community of India.”
According to Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, and Ken Wong, General Manager of Unifair Exhibition Service: “The Indian market is very promising and has been growing enormously over the past one decade. Our trade fairs resonate the mood of the industry very well.”
The trade fair was well-attended and attracted buyers from across sectors resulting to complete satisfaction of the participating exhibitors. Vinayak M. Tambwekar, Senior General Manager—Sales & Marketing, H&R Johnson (ENDURA), India, confirms the sentiments: “We have been putting our stand in India Ceramics for the last 5-6 years now. We are regular and are very happy with the way things are organized. The way all stakeholders are involved in this event—in terms of customers, manufacturers, purchasers, vendors—everybody is involved and they get an open stage to exchange their ideas and share knowledge. It is a really good platform for us to showcase all our products.”
Justin Zhou, Managing Partner, Guangdong EDING Industrial Co., Ltd., one of the key Chinese exhibitors added: ”We have been participating at Ceramics Asia since 2013. This exhibition has been well organized and become bigger and bigger with more international standard recent years. In this edition, we have launched many new machines that can definitely bring value for the Indian ceramic market. We really appreciate the organizer and our clients who support us from past many years.”
High level supporting programs
As one of the key attractions, a Job Fair was organized for the very first time, in partnership with Global Job Placements which attracted huge participation from ceramic companies as well as professionals and students who explored new career avenues and took advantage of this unique initiative.
The twin trade fairs enabled attendees to foster stronger dialogues and offered ample of networking opportunities through programs such as Buyer-Seller Forum—where over 170 face-to-face meetings between exhibitors and visitors took place. Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia is not only a networking platform. Basar Türkay, Mechatronics Engineering, KareImalat, Turkey, confirms that specific projects were discussed and business is initiated at the show: “We are happy about the inquiries received from professional visitors. Our experience at the trade fairs have been phenomenal. We are very satisfied with our participation as we made new contacts with high-profile buyers at the show—who are looking to source new technologies. We look forward to participate next year.”
The three days were action-packed with display of technologies along with knowledge-share supporting programs including Innovation Exchange and Workshops where industry think-tanks, consultants and industry professionals exchanged meaningful insights into current trends, new and emerging technologies, as well as global best practices in the ceramics industry.
Ceramics industry gets its first ever—Market Research Report
In order to keep up with the market developments, a market research report ‘Indian Ceramics Industry: Status Quo and Outlook 2022’ was unveiled at the show which highlighted India’s status as 2nd largest ceramic tiles producer in the world accounting for 7 percent of the global production. The report elaborated on the market growth drivers including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), Development of 100 Smart Cities, Housing for all by 2022 as well as included latest trends nano technology, 3-D printing, large size tiles among other industry statistics.
The market report would bridge the knowledge gap and enable global and domestic companies to make meaningful business decisions by providing valuable insights. “The market report is our commitment to the ceramics industry. We are confident all stakeholders will benefit from the contents of the report.” concluded Singh.
The next edition of the leading ceramics show, will be continuing with its new combined name Indian Ceramics Asia from 2019 onwards and will take place from February 27 to March 1, 2019 in Gandhinagar at The Exhibition Centre.
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