Ceramic Industry

CERAMITEC 2009 to Feature Energy-Efficient Solutions for Heavy Clay (posted 6/4/09)

June 4, 2009

Given the strained state of the overall economy, all segments of the fine and heavy clay ceramic industry are under renewed pressure to cut costs. As a result, the topics of material and energy efficiency-where process-integrated environmental protection measures can make a valuable contribution-are more important than ever in all sectors. Ideas and solutions for these topics will be available from CERAMITEC 2009 exhibitors, who will be showcasing the entire range of machines, equipment, plants, processes, and raw materials for heavy clay and fine ceramics. The show will be held October 20-23 in Munich, Germany.

Plant and machinery manufacturers are making energy efficiency the focus of their development activities. Since the object is to save thermal, electrical and pneumatic energy, both individual machines and entire plants have an enormous amount of potential to offer.

Reorganizing processes is necessary to install competence centers in the production process that can minimize costs by concentrating tasks. When it comes to the internal distribution of tasks and logistics, planning engineers face the challenge of simplifying processes while maintaining or even increasing their flexibility to make them more cost-effective and efficient. Online measuring of control-related ceramic processing parameters throughout the entire manufacturing process is a complex topic. The general objective is to reduce fixed and variable costs to achieve new or even improved product characteristics in the process.

That the sector for heavy clay ceramics will be very strongly represented at CERAMITEC 2009 is demonstrated by the fact that exhibitors in this sector declared CERAMITEC 2009 their industry gathering before the fair began. In addition, for the first time, the National Association of the German Brick Making Industry is holding its annual conference in Munich at the same time as CERAMITEC. With that in mind, the supporting program for this year's CERAMITEC will include Heavy Clay Day on October 22, where several participants from the annual conference are expected to participate as speakers and discussion partners.

Additional information about CERAMITEC 2009 is available at www.ceramitec.de.