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The three pillars of this year’s show—Technologies, Innovation and Materials—reflect the broad scope of the event’s exhibits and opportunities.
Ceramitec 2012 will be held May 22-25 in Munich, Germany. The event will again take place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, which is easily accessible due to its central location in Europe. The three pillars of this year’s show—Technologies, Innovation and Materials—reflect the broad scope of the event’s exhibits and opportunities.
Building a Network
Ceramitec is a global event that covers a comprehensive range of sectors, including the brick and tile industry, technical ceramics, raw materials and additives, sanitaryware, and more. In 2009, nearly 15,000 visitors from 84 countries attended the show. Ceramitec 2012 is expected to draw almost 600 exhibitors and thousands of key industry manufacturers, researchers, and end users.
In addition to the exhibition, additional networking opportunities will be available at this year’s trade fair. On May 25, Ceramitec will be holding a Career Day for job seekers. Participating companies will have their human resource managers on hand to facilitate the hiring process. All students who are preparing to graduate and experienced professionals who are looking to change employers will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. A list of participating exhibitors can be found at www.ceramitec.de/en/visitors/careerday.
Free guided tours will be offered to visitors for the first time at Ceramitec 2012. Tour guides will be taking groups of up to 30 people through exhibit tours with one of four themes: efficiency and sustainability; potential of technical ceramics and advanced materials; brick as a high-tech product; and ceramic components and technologies for energy and environmental technology. At each stop, the exhibitor will present the highlights of their individual product or technology.
Keeping Up with the Industry
An opening panel discussion will kick off Ceramitec 2012: “Green Manufacturing: Sustainable Production in Ceramics—Ways and Solutions for Greater Resource- and Cost-Efficiency.” The panel will be chaired by Karen Scharrer, editor-in-chief of Ceramic Forum International and Wolf-Dietrich Müller, Ph.D., business unit director of Messe München GmbH. Other participants in the discussion will include Frank Appel, managing director of Hans Lingl GmbH & Co. KG; Pietro Cassani, CEO of Sacmi Group; Werner Griebe, board member of Duravit AG; and Ing. Michael Zins, Ph.D., deputy institute director of Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme.
Ceramitec’s supporting program will encourage conversation about new products and technology innovations. Key events will include Powder Metallurgy Day, Heavy Clay Day, Technical Ceramics Day, India Day and ThinkIng. In order to accommodate visitors, talks and panel discussions will be translated into German and English.
On May 22, Powder Metallurgy Day will feature presentations by the Trade Association of Powder Metallurgy. These presentations will center on this sector’s production systems and processes.
Speakers from Ziegelindustrie Internationalwill talk about conserving energy and natural resources on Heavy Clay Day (May 23). A panel discussion by the European Ceramic Technology Suppliers (ECTS) will be held on that day as well.
The 10th International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications (CMCEE) will be held in Dresden from May 20-23. This event will continue in Munich during Technical Ceramics Day on May 24. Participants from CMCEE plan to take part in the Technical Ceramic Day sessions: raw materials and equipment, energy efficiency, ceramic components for energy and environment, and networks.
ThinkIng and India Day will also provide learning opportunities during Ceramitec 2012. At the ThinkIng initiative, students will be able to meet and talk to companies about industry job prospects and the working world. India Day will be organized by the India liaison of Germany’s Engineering Federation and will focus on the advancements of the ceramic industry in India.
A Ceramitec 2012 app will be available online as of May 12 at www.ceramitec.de/app/en. For more information, visit www.ceramitec.de/en.