Fairs

Tecnargilla 2014: historic record for attendance

29/09/2014

There is a historic record in visitors for Tecnargilla. The world's leading fair for technologies applied to the ceramic and brick industries has closed on friday September 26th in Rimini registering 32,120 visitors i.e. 5.5% growth on the previous event in 2012. The number of presences at the fair was the highest ever in the history of the event, that reached its twenty-fourth edition this year.

There was also a new record in the international character of the event.

International visitors from 101 countries represented 49% of total presences, confirming that Tecnargilla is one of the most international of the world fairs, as well as its record as the most-attended fair in the ceramic technologies sector.

International operators who came to Rimini numbered 15,770 representing +6.4% growth on 2012.

Their profile is of the utmost significance: the majority of visitors were technical area decision makers, representatives of the owners or top managers of the world's most important companies in the ceramic and brick industries.

After the decline registered in 2012, the number of Italian visitors has also grown. This is an important indicator of the desire of Italian ceramic companies to invest in innovative technologies once again.

16,350 local industry professionals visited the fair (+4.6% on 2012).    

 

2014

% TOTAL VISITORS

2012

VAR. % 2014/2012

ITALY

16,350

50.9

15,636

4.6

FOREIGN

15,770

49.1

14,822

6.4

TOTAL

32,120

100

30,458

5.5

 

The showcased offering was also of the utmost significance.

Technological innovation was the absolute protagonist of the event. The 500 companies showcased across a 75,000 sq.m. surface area (up +7% on 2012), brought to Rimini a world preview of the latest technological innovations applied to process and design for the fine ceramic industry (tiles, sanitary fittings and tableware) and the brick industry. 

"The technological innovation that these companies express is infectious." Those are the words used by the Minister for Employment Giuliano Poletti to greet Tecnargilla's exhibitors. "A world leader sector characterised by know-how, and collaboration between companies that are competitors but are united in offering world customers personalised and state-of-the-art solutions."

Attendance was also high at the round table discussion on "Ceramic Industry, Geographical Area, Internationalization" held before presentation of the International Premio Aldo Villa to Franco Manfredini, president and managing director of the Casalgrande Padana group, Cavaliere del Lavoro (Italian Order of Merit for Labour) award holder and past-president of Confindustria Ceramica.    

Great success for the symposium on digital decoration and glazing

For the second time at Tecnargilla since its start in 2008, the 6th annual symposium organised by ACIMAC on "Digital decoration and glazing of ceramic tiles" proved a great success.

800 professionals from 30 countries took part in what has now become the event meeting most eagerly awaited and best attended by the worldwide ceramic industry.

Record high attendance marked the conference that took over the conference rooms and south hall of Rimini Fiera, where a giant screen was set up to allow the many interested parties to follow the conference easily.

After introductory addresses by Fabio Tarozzi, ACIMAC President, and Simone Castelli, Rimini Fiera Business Unit Director, the following companies followed each other on stage: System, Colorobbia, Siti B&T - Projecta Engineering, Durst, In.Te.Sa., Esmaglass-Itaca, Xaar PLC, Kerajet, TecnoExamina, ColourService, Sibelco Europe, FM.    

Colorobbia wins the third Tecnargilla Design Award

The Tuscany based multinational group, with its Channa design, is the winner of the third Tecnargilla Design Award, established by ACIMAC and Rimini Fiera to honour the latest technological innovations applied to the ceramic industry.

The theme of this year edition was "Thickness", the entries has being the original designs incorporating technology, colour, decoration and finish submitted by CMF Technology, Coloritalia-Bonet, Colorobbia Italia, Digital Design, Esmalglass Itaca, Intesa, Kerajet, LB, Martinelli Ettore, Sacmi, Sertile, SRS, System, Torrecid Group, Vidres.  

According to the justification of the panel of judges, Colorobbia's Channa design "has successfully interpreted the theme of thickness and its possible variations in ceramic manufacturing".

The panel of judges comprised: Luisa Brighenti, a designer with twenty years' experience in the ceramic field, Paola TinuperPaola Azzolini, architects and colour trend experts, partners of the Azzolini Tinuper architecture firm, Paolo Zannini, President of the Italian Ceramic Society,Stefano Luccioli, Emilceramica technical area, Mara Merlini, architect, Gianluca Casadei, owner of Edilrivestimenti, Paolo Gambuli, ACIMAC general manager.

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