Despite the concentration of events in the sector this year, Ceramitec 2006 attracted around 22,000 trade visitors from 106 countries -- almost as many visitors as at Ceramitec 2003, though the current event had been shortened by one day. More than 50% of these trade visitors came from abroad. "No other fair is as international as Ceramitec. No other event has such a balanced structure in its range. In four days of exhibition, Ceramitec brings the global ceramics industry together in one place," said Eugen Egetenmeir, member of the managing board of Messe München. According to the results of a survey by TNS Infratest, Ceramitec's visitors included a high proportion of decision makers (91%), with 66% of these in managerial positions. The next Ceramitec will take place in 2009.