Ceramic Industry

ONLINE EXTRA: Ceramics China 2009 Wrap-Up

July 8, 2009


The 23rd China International Ceramics Industry Exhibition (Ceramics China 2009) successfully concluded on June 4, 2009. Held at the China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou, the four-day event was jointly organized by the CCPIT Building Materials Sub-Council and the China Ceramic Industrial Association.

Ceramics China 2009 gained support from groups such as the China Building Materials Federation and the China National Light Industry Council, as well as the Italian Trade Commission, the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment for Ceramics (ACIMAC), the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, the Korea Fine Ceramics Association, the Korea Ceramic & Tile Industry Cooperative, IVEX, and others. Visitor Information During the exhibition period, Ceramics China 2009 received 43,732 visitors from 55 countries and regions, while 39,664 domestic visitors (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan) accounted for 90.93% of the total. Despite the swine flu (H1N1) effect, the number of international visitors increased to 4068, 11% more than last year. The event received 14,350 visitors on the first day, 15,616 the second day, 10,023 the third day and 3743 the fourth day.

International visitors mainly came from 54 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, India, Israel, UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkey, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Canada, Peru, Egypt, Morocco, Tunis, Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand.

Visitor Information

During the exhibition period, Ceramics China 2009 received 43,732 visitors from 55 countries and regions, while 39,664 domestic visitors (excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan) accounted for 90.93% of the total. Despite the swine flu (H1N1) effect, the number of international visitors increased to 4068, 11% more than last year. The event received 14,350 visitors on the first day, 15,616 the second day, 10,023 the third day and 3743 the fourth day.

International visitors mainly came from 54 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, India, Israel, UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Turkey, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Afghanistan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Canada, Peru, Egypt, Morocco, Tunis, Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand.

Exhibitor Details

Ceramics China 2009 achieved total show space of nearly 55,000 square meters, with more than 2800 booths and 468 exhibitors from many regions, including Italy, Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Korea, the U.S., Japan, India, Turkey, Singapore, Mexico, Austria, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The total area of specially constructed stands was 24,540 square meters, which accounted for 90.6% of the total. The event organizers divided the exhibition halls into four professional categories: Refractory and Kiln; Ceramic Machinery; Ceramic Colors, Glazes and Raw Materials; and International.

According to survey results, 77.3% of exhibitors were “very satisfied” with the fair while 20.9% were “satisfied.” Eight exhibitors were “unsatisfied” with the fair, accounting for 1.7% of the total. Paolo Lemma, trade commissioner of the Italian Trade Commission’s Guangzhou Office, and Paolo Gambuli, general manager of ACIMAC, were both appreciative of the exhibition’s scale, services, organization and management.

Adrian Allen, chairman of the International Trade Committee of the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, emphasized that UK companies have paid increasing attention to the Chinese market, as well as to Ceramics China for its optimal platform.

Concurrent Events

One of the goals of Ceramics China 2009 was to unite China and the world through development forums and exchange conferences. With the theme “Strengthen Cooperation to Conquer the Hard Times,” the Ceramics Industry Development Forum 2009 was hosted by Zhou Zhizhou, vice president of the CCPIT Building Materials Sub-Council. Liu Yao from the China Ceramic Industrial Association was invited to release the Ceramics Industry Development Report 2009.

In addition, Chen Huan, vice president of the Guangdong Ceramics Association, introduced the status quo of the Guangdong ceramic industry and detailed problems that the whole industrial sector of China may encounter. The North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Allen discussed “Thriving in a Recession” and shared his experiences with confidence building and problem solving.

Ceramics China 2009 also featured the T-Platform Show for New Products & New Tech. Siemens Ltd., China made a special presentation for its Auto-Series on the second day, while Eirich Group China Co., Ltd. promoted its EcoPrep dry preparation of press granulation for tile. In addition, Sacmi focused on “Energy Saving” in its annual technical innovation seminar.

Looking to the Future

According to event organizers, Ceramics China showcases development trends in the Chinese ceramic industry and provides an optimal window for communication and cooperation among manufacturers from different countries. Ceramics China will continue its efforts to provide the most convenient platform for both domestic and overseas companies in the ceramic sector.

The next edition of Ceramics China will be held May 18-21, 2010. Visit www.ceramicschina.com.cn for additional details regarding next year’s event.

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