Ceramics UK: Understanding the UK Ceramic Industry in the Age of Brexit
Britain’s exit from the EU (Brexit) will become a reality on March 29, 2019, 15 weeks before the free-to-attend Ceramics UK will open its doors.
Ceramics UK, a one-time exhibition and conference highlighting manufacturing, technology, business and investment opportunities related to the ceramic industry, will take place July 10-11, 2019, at the Telford International Centre in Shropshire, England. Britain’s exit from the EU (Brexit) will become a reality on March 29, 2019, 15 weeks before the free-to-attend Ceramics UK will open its doors.
“We thought carefully about the timing to be sure we maximize opportunities for all participants,” said Adam Moore, event director. “The July 2019 slot is well clear of some first quarter international meetings, and of course neither Tecnargilla nor ceramitec (the principal European shows in this field) are being staged next year.”
The British government has set ambitious plans for housebuilding, which has major implications for the traditional ceramic manufacturing sector, while investments in aerospace, energy generation, advanced electronics and transportation offer new sales channels for the burgeoning technical ceramics industry. Last fall, the British Ceramic Confederation outlined its vision for the future, including the ambition to see UK ceramic manufacturing achieve 15% year-on-year growth, which would uplift the sector to £4 billion (approximately $5.2 billion) in sales by 2022. This expansion has healthy implications for international trade, as exports have always played a critical role in the industry’s success.
“This one-off exhibition and conference represents a unique chance for manufacturers from around the world to engage with the UK ceramic community, to find out about the many novel technologies that are currently being developed here, and to grab the chance to forge new business partnerships,” said Moore. “We expect around 3,000 visitors to Ceramics UK and anticipate a great deal of interest from North America in particular.”
For registration details and other information, visit www.ceramics-uk.com.