ECTS Creates New Ceramic Non-Heavy Clay Group
Interested companies are invited to join the next ECTS meeting, which will be held April 9, 2018, in Munich.
The European Ceramic Technology Suppliers (ECTS) working group recently announced that it will expand its activities this year and broaden its membership to companies of the ceramic non-heavy clay industries. Interested companies are invited to join the next ECTS meeting, which will be held April 9, 2018, in Munich.
“Our goal is to make us stronger and more visible as European ceramics machinery industry,” said Miquel Moix, ECTS chairman and sales manager of Beralmar Technologic SA. “As our 24 ECTS members are mainly from the heavy clay machinery sector, we need to expand our activities also to companies from the fine and technical ceramics machinery industry.”
The new group will be formed within the ECTS framework to exchange views and ideas and define activities according to their special needs. All ECTS members will invite non-member companies of the ceramic machinery industry to the meeting in April. “But of course, everybody who is interested and will be at ceramitec anyway is invited to attend,” said Moix. In addition, the ECTS/VDMA Lounge, which is located next to the ceramitec Forum in Hall A5, will serve as a meeting and information point of the ECTS community.
In terms of business, ECTS members report that they are currently doing well. In a survey carried out recently among the group, most of the companies stated that 2018 was sure to be a good year since production was already fully booked until mid-year. A big question mark is pending over 2019. By now, no plant projects or new lines are on the horizon. According to the survey, business is currently mainly run by spare parts and services to older plants. To make business run smoothly in the future, new plants need to come up in 2019. However, companies are agile and are looking for new customer segments to open new opportunities.
In terms of markets, ECTS members see Latin America as a market with potential. After having held successful symposia in Peru and Colombia last year, ECTS will organize a symposium in Mexico in the autumn of 2018, just before the U.S. Clemson Brick Forum.
For more information, visit http://ects.vdma.org.