ceramitec 2000: A Record-Breaking Event

September 28, 2000
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ceramitec 2000, which will be held in Munich October 17-21, is breaking all records so far. More than 800 exhibitors from over 40 countries-more than ever before in ceramitec's 21-year history-will display their products and services at this 8th International Trade Fair for Machinery, Equipment, Plant, Processes and Raw Materials for Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy. In comparison, the 1997 fair saw 744 exhibitors from 33 countries.

Sixty percent of all exhibitors are coming from outside Germany-a 10% higher foreign participation compared to ceramitec 1997. The increased number of exhibitors also means, of course, more exhibition space; for ceramitec 2000 more than 750,000 square feet of space will be available in seven halls-a rise of 15% over 1997. A large amount of this exhibition increase comes from the "traditional" ceramics countries. The strongest representation is again from Italy, with 190 exhibiting companies, followed by Great Britain with 74. A total of 43 companies from Spain have sent in registrations, representing an increase of 73% from that country, and the space taken up by Spanish exhibitors has more than doubled compared to 1997. The French contingent also rose 5% this year to 38 exhibitors.

As at past ceramitec events, an extensive technical program will accompany the exhibition. The latest results from science and research will be presented and discussed by renowned specialists from all over the world. Most of these events will be held in the new International Congress Centre (ICM), next door to ceramitec's exhibition halls. The 7th International ceramitec Symposium will be held on Tuesday, October 17th, along with the annual convention of the Deutsche Keramische Geselleschaft (German Ceramic Society, or DKG). DKG seminars, which will cover topics such as raw material processing, firing systems and nanotechnology, will continue through Wednesday, October 18th, and the Autumn Convention of the DKG Working Party on Carbon will be held October 19-20th. The European Conference on Powder Metallurgy (Euro PM2000), the 2nd European Symposium on Powder Injection Moulding (PIM 2000), and the Workshop on Soft Magnetic Materials for Electric Motors will also be held concurrently with ceramitec 2000.

International ceramitec Symposium

"Ceramic and Powder Metallurgy: Fit for the Global Market" is the theme of this year's International ceramitec Symposium. Dr. Horst Teltschik, a member of the board for BMW AG in Germany, will discuss whether business is depriving politics of its power in this age of globalization. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Thede, a management consultant in Germany, will talk about economic mega trends and their reflection on the ceramic industry.

Next up will be Dr. Graham B. Lawson, chief executive for Watts Blake Bearne & Co., PLC in the U.K., who will discuss challenges for ceramic raw material suppliers in the 21st century. Ottmar C. Küsel, chairman of the Executive Board of Rosenthal AG as well as chairman of the Ceramics Industry Association in Germany, will present a paper on the tableware and technical ceramics industry; and Dr. Wolfgang Reithofer, deputy chairman of the Managing Board Winerberger in Austria, will discuss building materials such as brick and tile. The research and development of refractories for future market demand will be discussed by Dr. Axel Eschner, director of Didier-Werke AG, RHI-Industrials in Austria. The symposium will close with a presentation by Prof. Dr. Randall German, Brush Chair Professor in Materials at Penn State University in the U.S., on powder metallurgy growth via focused and innovative developments.

The registration fee for the symposium is EURO 100 (approximately US$87), including 16% value-added tax (VAT). Symposium attendees who book in advance will also receive a ticket for the ceramitec trade fair. The Symposium will be simultaneously translated in English and German

For more information about the symposium, contact the DKG at (49) 2203-966480, fax (49) 2203-69301 or e-mail info@dkg.de. More information about Euro PM2000, PIM 2000, and the Workshop on Soft Magnetic Materials for Electric Motors can be obtained from the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) at (44) 1743-248899 or fax (44) 1743-362968.

Transportation and Lodging

The New Munich Trade Fair Centre is situated right next to the A94 motorway. Visitors arriving by car can take one of three exits from the A94: Feldkirchen-West, München-Riem or Am Moosfeld. Signs for the Trade Fair Centre are posted in and around Munich, and there is ample parking at the Centre.

ceramitec visitors who pre-register before the show will also be given a ticket to travel to and from the event free of charge on all forms of public transportation in Munich run by the MVV. There is also an underground railway line (U-Bahn) that runs from the central station to the Trade Fair Centre. Visitors should take the U2 line (Feldmoching, Hauptbahnhof, Messestadt West and Messestadt Ost) directly to the New Munich Trade Fair Centre and get out at the Messestadt West station. A taxi ride from the airport to the Trade Fair Centre costs a flat rate of DM 75 (approximately US$35).

Hotel reservations can be made through the MesseReiseService at (49) 89-32304-244/245, fax (49) 89-32325-94; the Münchner Hotel Verbund-GmbH at (49) 89-3077-5050, fax (49) 89-3077-5055, e-mail info@Muenchen-hotel.de; or the Fremdenverkehrsamt at (49) 89-233-0300, fax (49) 89-233-30233, e-mail tourismus@muenchen.btl.de. c

For more information about ceramitec, contact the show organizers, Messe München GmbH, at (49) 89-949-11378, fax (49) 89-949-11379, e-mail info@messe-muenchen.de, or visit www.ceramitec.com.

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