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September 18, 2000
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CERSAIE 2000 Creates New Opportunities

On October 3-8 2000, the Trade Fair District in Bologna will host CERSAIE 2000-the International Exhibition of Ceramics for the Building Industry and Bathroom Furnishings. Covering an area of over 1.5 million square feet, CERSAIE will welcome more than 1,000 of the world's top manufacturers of ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings and more than 100,000 professional operators. In addition to showcasing new products and materials, CERSAIE will also create opportunities for business exchanges and professional development.

Last year's show welcomed 106,491 visiting professionals, including 23,944 from 132 countries. 1,078 leading industry firms (including 205 foreign companies representing 30 countries) presented the results of their extensive research and design efforts. Exhibitors at last year's event included 532 manufacturers of ceramic tiles, 403 suppliers of bathroom furnishings, 61 suppliers of installation fixtures and materials, 19 suppliers of raw and semi-finished materials, and 63 providers of service activities. According to show organizers, these figures will definitely be repeated or exceeded at CERSAIE 2000.

For more information about the exhibition, contact EDI.CER. spa, the show organizers, at (39) 51-6646000, fax (39) 51-862514.

Italian Manufacturers Open U.S. Plants

According to the Ceramic Tile Department of the Italian Trade Commission, Ceramiche RAGNO has made plans to open its first U.S. office in New York to increase its presence in the American market. RAGNO said that its decision was based on the fact that the U.S. market continues to grow and still has the highest potential for growth. Heading up the U.S. office will be Claudio Monari, who will direct the strategic marketing for both RAGNO and its new line, Masterker tile. A dedicated warehouse will stock a range of products to reduce delivery time and optimize merchandizing programs.

In the past few years, RAGNO has customized its range of products for the U.S. market, adding many special pieces to meet American requirements.

Another Italian manufacturer, FLORIM Ceramiche, incorporating Floor Gres, Cerim and Rex, has opened a new company called American Florim, Inc. (AFI). This company, with both headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Clarksville, Tenn., will manufacture predominantly residential tile in the U.S., as well as establish a network of regional sales managers.

AFI currently produces glazed monocottura floor tiles and plans to begin producing glazed porcelain products by next year.

News from Around the World

Ceramitec 2000 Continues Growth Trend.

Messe Munchen International, organizers of ceramitec 2000 in Munich, Germany, has announced that by August 2000, more than 800 exhibitors from 44 countries had registered for the event. Over 500 exhibitors are coming from outside Germany-a 16% increase from 1997. These numbers include 74 exhibitors from the U.K., 190 exhibitors from Italy (a 30% increase), 43 exhibitors from Spain (a 72% increase) and 38 exhibitors from France-countries with a strong heritage in "traditional" ceramics.

Launched in 1979, ceramitec is being held for the eighth time this year. Every three years, suppliers, manufacturers and scientists worldwide meet to share ideas and innovations. This year, the show will be held on the new Munich Trade Fair grounds. Seven halls covering a total area of 721,000 square feet will host suppliers of raw materials and additives; preparation and molding equipment; drying, firing and sintering equipment; measurement and control technology; treatment and processing technology; and environmental protection and plant construction technology.

A special show section in Ceramic Industry's October issue will provide a more in-depth preview of ceramitec 2000.

"Bavarian Evening" to be Held During Ceramitec 2000. The Deutsche Keramische Gesellschaft and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie have organized a "Bavarian Evening" during ceramitec 2000 to promote dialogue between members of the ceramic industry. The event is scheduled for October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Augustiner Brau in Munich, and will include music, dance and entertainment, as well as Bavarian food specialties from a hot and cold buffet. Tickets are 75 DM (approx. $$) per person and include dinner and drinks.

For more information, contact Ziegel Information GmbH, Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie e.V., Schaumburg-Lippe-Strasse 4, D-53113 Bonn; (49) 228-914-9318; fax (49) 228-914-9328; or e-mail BVZiegel@t-online.de.

Machinery Manufacturers Predict Successful Show. The German Ceramics Machinery Manufacturers Association has predicted that ceramitec 2000 will be the "top meeting place for the international ceramics and powder metallurgy industry." The association represents more than 40 member companies and is a co-organizer of the event.

In 1999, German Ceramics Machinery Manufacturers Association member companies had a total combined turnover of DM 700 million, with an export share of 65%. Their main export markets were Western Europe, 41%; North America, 24% and the Far East, 21%. In the first five months of 2000, sales conditions worldwide had developed very positively for the ceramics machinery industry, the association reported, with sales figures increasing 97% above the same period last year. Exports had also risen to 71%, with continued strong demand in Western Europe and the U.S. market.

For more information about the German Ceramics Machinery Manufacturers Association, e-mail bohm_bub@vdma.org.

FESPA Announces Speakers for GlassCeram Deco 2000. The Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (FESPA) has announced the names of the speakers at its GlassCeram Deco 2000 show, held September 21-22 in Stoke-on-Trent, U.K. They include Dave Cartilage from CERAM Research, Steve Presutto from Coates Screen Products, Stewart Partridge from Web Consulting, Mark Corriger from Chromaline Europe, Colin Kirkham from Ferro Corp., Nigel Steffens from FESPA and Hugo Gmur from the Sefar Group.

FESPA is working with two key sponsors on the event: Coates Screen, which provides a variety of services to glass and ceramic printers; and Svecia, an organization of screen printing machinery manufacturers. Other organizations supporting the event include SPA (the U.K.'s screen printing organization), the Society of Glass Technology and Glass International Magazine.

Tours of H&R Johnson Tiles, Precision Studios and Shades Screenprint will take place on September 21, followed by a seminar and exhibition on September 22. For more information about the event, contact FESPA at (44) 1737-240788, fax (44) 1737-240770, e-mail info@fespa.com.

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