Innovation on a Global Scale
Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Rimini, Italy, October 1-5 for Tecnargilla 2004, the 19th International Exhibition of Technologies and Supplies for the Ceramic and Brick Industries. According to show organizers, this year's event is expected to be even more successful than Tecnargilla 2002, which boasted 801 exhibitors (including 244 foreign companies from 31 countries) covering an exhibit space of 80,000 square meters (~20 acres-14.2% more than in 1999), and 29,689 visitors (7% more than in 1999, including 10,697 visitors from countries other than Italy).
Expanded ExhibitsAbout 100 new exhibitors have signed up to participate in this year's show; as a result, the event will cover an additional 13,000 square feet of floor space in a new hall that was opened earlier this year. A range of production technologies for tile, sanitaryware and tableware will be on display at stands organized by companies such as Sacmi, System, Barbieri & Tarozzi, Saint-Gobain, Tecnoferrari, Nuova Fima, Officina C.M.C., LB Officine Meccaniche, Borax, GFC Kilns, Tecno Italia, Welko, Laies GmbH, Smac, Cuccolini, Garoll, Riedhammer, S.I.T.I. and Sertam.
Tecnargilla 2004 will also include Kromatech 2004, a showcase of aesthetic trends in the ceramic sector. Covering everything from raw materials and glazes to graphic design and screen printing products, Kromatech will offer visitors to Tecnargilla 2004 a range of new solutions and ideas. According to show organizers, an even greater number of companies are taking part in this year's event compared to Kromatech 2002, when the section first debuted. This year, Kromatech will occupy three halls in the Rimini exhibition center with a total floor space of about 18,000 square meters (~4.5 acres).
New this year is Claytech, a section devoted exclusively to the brick and tile industry. Over 100 suppliers are expected to showcase plants and machinery; refractory materials, rollers, kiln furniture and plates; finishing and decoration technologies; and design and engineering solutions in the more than 10,000 square meters (~2.5 acres) set aside for this section.
Educational ConferencesA number of educational conferences will also be held during the show. On Friday, October 1, a session on "Brick Manufacturing in Europe," organized by ANDIL-Assolaterizi and ACIMAC, will provide an update on process, product and project legislation relevant to heavy clay products.
On Monday, October 4, visitors can participate in the 3rd Ceramic Technology Transfer Day (Ceramic TTD), organized by ACIMAC and ISTEC-CNR, which aims to connect potential partners interested in supporting the implementation and development/acquisition of new technologies for the ceramic industry. "KREA, Technology for Creativity in the Ceramic Industry," organized by ACIMAC and the Italian Ceramic Society, in cooperation with Ceramicolor and Assopiastrelle, and "Edge-Ground Wall Blocks: An Advanced Product," organized by ANDIL-Assolaterizi and Gruppo Editoriale Faenza Editrice, will also be held on Monday.
Tuesday, October 5, will feature a conference discussing the "Presentation of the 'ACIMAC Quality Mark,'" organized by ACIMAC.
In addition to these events, the Ceramic Workshop, a collection of displays and exhibits first opened in 2002 to explore possible developments in the ceramic industry in the near future, will be returning to Rimini as part of Tecnargilla 2004. Created by ACIMAC to enhance Tecnargilla's ability to propose new trends and innovation in the ceramic sector, the workshop will again this year be coordinated by IED, the European Design Institute in Milan.
For more information about Tecnargilla 2004, contact Rimini Fiera at (39) 0541-744513, fax (39) 0541-744243 or visit http://www.tecnargilla.it .
Tecnargilla 2004: Exhibits at a GlanceBorax Europe Ltd. will highlight the advantages of borates in ceramic applications. Borates have been an essential ingredient in ceramic glazes since their earliest confirmed use in China during the 10th century. They facilitate a good fit between the clay and glaze, increase glaze luster and durability, and lower glaze firing temperatures. Recently, borates have also become an essential component in ceramic tile bodies. Manufacturing trials have proved that adding Optibor® to tile body batches lowers energy use, emissions and handling losses, thereby helping to solve some of the industry's biggest problems-dwindling resources, skyrocketing energy costs and more stringent environmental regulations. Borates are 20 times more powerful than the fluxes traditionally used in ceramic tiles, and they allow producers to reduce energy consumption, enhance tile quality and use lower-cost raw materials. Moreover, borates' binding properties can increase the mechanical strength of unfired tiles by as much as 100%, which allows producers to reduce process losses, along with tile thickness and weight, or to lower clay costs by using local clays rather than imports. Visit http://www.borax.com .
Editor's note: The exhibits profiled above represent information submitted by Ceramic Industry advertisers. A complete list of Tecnargilla 2004 exhibitors can be found online at http://www.tecnargilla.it .