CeramBath continues to grow and prepares its 31st edition in April 2018
The 31st CeramBath, China International Ceramic & Bathroom Fair, is ready to open its doors on April 18th at the China Ceramics City (China Ceramics Industry Headquarters, Foshan International Conference & Exhibition Center). It will host around 750 exhibitors on an exhibit area of 370,000 sq.m., showing ceramic tile, sanitary ware, bathroom furniture and mosaic.
Organized twice a year (in April and October) by the Foshan China Ceramics City Group Co., in cooperation with the China Building Ceramics & Sanitaryware Association and China Ceramics Industrial Association, and the support of China Building Materials Circulation Association, and Foshan Bureau of Commerce, CeramBath starts the year 2018 on the wave of a growing success.
The two shows held in 2017 attracted international exhibitors from America, German, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil, Switzerland, UAE and domestic exhibitors from 22 provinces and cities (Foshan, Zhaoqing, Kaiping, Jiangmen, Qingyuan, Guangzhou, Heyuan, Zibo, Linqi, Qingdao, Jinan, Fujian Province, Hebei Province, Zhejiang Province, Sichuan Province, Jiangsu Province, Guangxi Province), covering the world’s major producing countries as well as domestic major production area of ceramic and bathroom. CeramBath has constructed a bridge for international exhibitors accessing to Chinese market and its role in helping international exhibitors extend China domestic market channels is becoming more significant and obvious.
Although the China ceramic industry faced serious situation still in 2017, the number of CeramBath visitors increased continually, as well as its influence in Southeast Asian and Eastern European emerging markets. The two shows held in 2017 also welcomed 54,397 and 60,930 visitors respectively (+12%), coming from 134 different countries and districts. Oversea visitors of the 30th CeramBath in October 2017 represented 9.7% of the overall visitors and were mainly from Southeast Asia, America and Europe: Korea ranked first and accounted for 14% of foreign visitors, India 11%, Pakistan 7%.
At the same time, many visitors from the US (one of the top 10 ceramic import countries in 2016) also choose CeramBath as the platform to purchase their target products. Chinese ceramic exporting volume dropped due to the decrease of low-end products exports. More buyers prefer to find the suppliers who can offer top quality products with considerable price. In the future, middle and high-end products will attract more attention from oversea buyers, and these market share will improve too.
In terms of business segments, visitors from decoration and real estate companies increased steadily and in the future they will become the main sale targets for the ceramic and sanitaryware companies to expand their markets.
In both the two editions in 2017, large-size ceramic tiles sprung up one after another. Especially during the 30th edition in October, a growing number of manufacturers introduced products with sizes 1200×2400mm and 3200×1600mm. At the same time, sizes specially designed for public decoration (such as 450×900mm, 900×150mm and other less common specifications) also appeared, while words like modern rustic tile, stereoscopic, silk effect grasped more popularity. These new kinds of ceramic materials are now more hot-spotted and have entered the mainstream. On the other hand, the traditional products such as polished tiles, micro-crystal tiles and glazed tiles are still the major profitable products on the market and will still occupy a relatively high market share for a long period of time.
Grandly held for 15 years with 30 sessions, CeramBath has become the number 1 professional Ceramic & Bathroom Exhibition in Asia, with over 20,000 products, 10,000 new designs and 750 credible suppliers. Next 31st CeramBath will take place from April 18th to 21st, 2018.