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Foreign visitors accounted for 39.2% of total attendance at Tecnargilla 2008. According to event organizers, the increase (up from 35.9% in 2006) is significant, considering that many markets and consequently many ceramic producers are experiencing a period of stagnation or crisis. Italian attendance fell slightly to 19,119, down by 3.2%.
“I am very pleased with this result,” said Acimac Chairman Pietro Cassani. “It is the result of the extensive preparatory work that has been done in particular by the Italian exhibitors, who have succeeded in showcasing truly innovative technologies and energy-saving and aesthetic solutions, further underscoring their world leadership position. This result repays all the efforts that have been made and I hope will inject fresh vitality into the ceramic industry. The figure for foreign visitors is particularly positive and demonstrates the strong interest in our exhibition on the part of the whole ceramic world.”
“I had been expecting good results from this edition of the show because during a downturn in the ceramic industry our exhibitors have seen our exhibition as a venue for launching cutting-edge solutions for producers all over the world,” said Lorenzo Cagnoni, chairman of Rimini Fiera. “The presence of such a large number of foreign visitors underscores the international scale of Tecnargilla and at the same time of Rimini as a city with the logistics and hospitality facilities required to accommodate visitors from all over the world.”
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