Discover the Future of Ceramics at Tecnargilla 2018
According to Tecnargilla 2018 organizers, this year’s show will see a number of major changes.
Ceramic manufacturers of products such as tile, sanitaryware, brick, tableware, refractories and technical ceramics will flock to the Rimini Expo Centre in Rimini, Italy, September 24-28 for Tecnargilla 2018. Suppliers are organized in six exhibition sectors: raw materials; clay preparation and shaping; frits, glazes and colors; drying and firing; finishing and selection; and end of line and logistics.
New for 2018
According to event organizers, this year’s show will see a number of major changes. Organized by IEG (Italian Exhibition Group) and Acimac, Tecnargilla will reorganize its layout to give greater visibility to certain product sectors and to make it easier for professional buyers to navigate their way around the show. Tecnargilla 2018 will also make use of the specially extended connecting halls designed to facilitate the distribution of companies in the halls and to ensure more fluid visitor flows.
Kromatech, the satellite show for glaze and color producers, design firms and raw materials suppliers, will be relocated to halls C1 and C2 at the center of the exhibition center close to the Ceramic Workshop area. The Ceramic Workshop will host the exhibition on new trends in materials and color, the Tecnargilla Design Award and the educational area organized by IED (Istituto Europeo di Design). This more central location within the exhibition center reflects the importance of the role of design and decoration in the market and the close link that exists between technology and aesthetics.
Tecnargilla 2018 will particularly focus on processes that are capable of improving the aesthetics of ceramic products. Finishing technologies, which are playing an increasingly important role in enhancing the added value of ceramic tile, will be hosted in the new T-Finishing section in halls B3, B5 and D5.
Hall A3 will host Greentech, a new section devoted to green technologies and products capable of reducing consumption and emission levels while improving the performance and profitability of the production cycle. Greentech will accommodate both longstanding exhibitors and new companies interested in offering their innovative eco-friendly solutions to international buyers in the ceramic and brick industries.
The Claytech and T-White sections, devoted respectively to brick and sanitaryware production technologies, will be hosted in halls A5-C5 and interconnected via the transit hall where some of the leading companies in the two sectors will be located. Claytech will also feature a special Greentech section devoted to brick and roof tile manufacturers.
As previously mentioned, Tecnargilla features five special sections to cover the depth and range of the ceramic industry: Claytech, technological innovations in the brick industry; Kromatech, products, technologies, design and services for ceramics; T-White, machines for sanitaryware and tableware; Greentech, green technologies and products aimed at reducing consumption and emissions and improving production cycle performance and profitability; and T-Finishing, technologies, equipment and chemicals for ceramic tile finishing processes.
The Claytech section at Tecnargilla 2018 will feature a renovated format, where research and technological innovation move forward hand-in-hand with the sustainability of production processes. Energy efficiency, reduced emissions, industrial waste recycling, and water and heat savings are some of the aspects that have redesigned the brick production system in recent years, with obvious environmental and cost-effective benefits.
Claytech will present the best of brick production machinery offering the advantages of green technology. Dedicated conferences will also investigate various aspects relating to the sustainability of the production cycle, focusing on the state of the art, anticipating ideas, planned projects, and future developments.
Now in its eighth edition, Kromatech continues to be dedicated to products, technologies, design and services for those who design the ceramics of the future, such as those who are responsible for production and product research in ceramic and color companies, designers, and creators.
Tecnargilla 2018 will introduce a new section called Greentech that is dedicated to green technologies and products that are aimed at reducing consumption and emissions and improving production cycle performance and profitability. Greentech caters to the ceramic industry’s growing interest in increasingly high-performance solutions in terms of energy efficiency, reduced emissions, industrial waste recycling and water savings as part of the circular economy concept promoted by new European regulations.
The important results achieved in recent years reflect the growing attention devoted to these issues, with technology now capable of drastically reducing water consumption in production processes and the quantities of cardboard used for packaging. In addition, increasingly sophisticated cogeneration systems, along with solutions for treating fumes and recovering heat generated by kilns and dryers, are bringing significant advantages in terms of cost, competitiveness, and the environment.
The Greentech section will showcase the main technological innovations in the field of sustainability and will give coverage to energy certification, companies’ obligations in terms of auditing and monitoring, and financing opportunities and incentives. A series of conferences will explore the various aspects of raw materials recycling, take stock of the current situation, and discuss ideas, projects and developments for the future.
T-Finishing is an event devoted to technologies, equipment and chemicals for ceramic tile finishing processes. At a time when aesthetic quality has become the driving force behind the development of finished products and surface finishing technologies, Tecnargilla is organizing a focus section for companies that offer squaring, honing, and surface treatment processes capable of improving the aesthetic and functional characteristics of ceramic tile.
The section will pay tribute to the expertise of companies that have developed technologies for improving the aesthetic quality—and consequently, competitiveness—of products. This concept also includes large-size panels and slabs, a trend that has firmly established itself in the ceramic tile market in recent years.
Tile finishing solutions focus on enhancing design through technological development. Latest-generation plants and technologies are capable of improving performance and reliability while reducing production costs and improving energy efficiency and environmental impact, a vital consideration for ceramic companies. Improvements in resin abrasives and diamond tools have delivered the best possible solutions to individual production requirements.
New specifications have resulted in simplified plant layouts, a longer lifetime of individual parts and of the line as a whole, improved local and remote control, repeatability, a healthier workplace environment, and the possibility of optimizing products and recycling residues. T-Finishing will showcase the most important new developments in technical solutions and tools.
Back again this year will be the Tecnargilla Design Award (TDA) and Ceramic Age, among other special events. The fifth edition of the TDA, which rewards the latest technological innovations, materials and finishes for surfaces applicable to ceramic tile production, will showcase innovative concepts on the theme “The Three Surfaces.” Participants will explore their creativity in innovative, original projects based on the three-dimensional nature of materials, one of the most referenced future trends in ceramics.
Event organizers expect that the exhibited projects, as original creations capable of transmitting new expressive languages, will act as a stimulus for the global ceramic market. Selecting the winner will be technical and creative directors of ceramic companies, ceramic tile retailers, designers, and journalists who will take several factors into account, including: degree of innovation and research; originality; technical/aesthetic skill; and reproducibility on an industrial scale.
The Ceramic Age exhibition, which is organized by Tecnargilla in collaboration with AzzoliniTinuper architects studio, will provide an overview of the latest styling and texture trends in the ceramic industry. The exhibition offers an “unprecedented” concept of ceramic—one that is no longer considered a static object, but instead a dynamic, ductile and expressive presence.
Ceramic Age is designed to constitute a new ultra-technological era where ceramic becomes the “only material”—absorbing all the possible expressions of the material—to express the same primordial energy enhanced in its macro dimensions and thicknesses. Large slabs, geometric shapes and three-dimensional effects are all elements that play a primary role in the architectural project, yet whose ultimate expression lies in the pursuit of color. This concept is interpreted in the section entitled Ceramic Age–Color Trends, where four chromatic areas defined as “almost primary” are reinterpreted according to the latest interior design trends amid neutral colds and neutral warms, oxides, and green hues that bring to mind the world of plants.
The trends exhibition, also organized by the AzzoliniTinuper, will be included as part of the Ceramic Workshop macro event located at the entrance to Tecnargilla. Also an integral part of the Ceramic Workshop, the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza Area will be exhibiting some of the most representative pieces from the collections to illustrate the history of ceramics.
For registration and additional details, visit https://en.tecnargilla.it.