The positive mood in the ceramics industry in India continues unabated. This is shown by the record-breaking number of exhibitor applications for Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia 2018, which will take place for the first time ever at their new venue at the Exhibition Centre, Helipad Ground in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India from March 7 to 9, 2018.
“We have recorded a sustained positive mood in the ceramics sector since 2016. This has led to an increasing demand for exhibition space once again in 2018. In order to enhance the event’s professional look, we have decided in favor of a new larger location”, states Dr. Robert Schönberger, Exhibition Group Director Ceramic Machinery Trade Shows at Messe München.
At the previous location, the Gujarat University Exhibition Hall in Ahmedabad, the organizers were reaching the limits of capacity due to the steadily increasing exhibitor and visitor numbers (2017: 283 exhibitors and 7,110 visitors). The decision to change the location was exactly right: the space available will be fully occupied this year already. In the process, a great number of exhibitors have enlarged their booth spaces by up to 30 percent.
Furthermore, there has been a clear increase in the number of international exhibitors. With some 30 percent more occupied exhibition space than in the previous year, a new record has been set. Considerably more participants will be present in the heavy clay ceramics segment (iBART), in particular. In addition, several countries will be represented at the trade show for the first time ever among a total of 18 countries represented. For example, there will be manufacturers from Portugal and from Iran in 2018.
It is not only the well-known exhibitors at the trade show who attract many exhibitors, but also the top-class conference program of Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia: simultaneously with the exhibition, the Innovation Exchange Forum will once again offer trade visitors information on current trends and new technologies in the ceramics industry in the form of best practice examples.
After its successful premiere last year, the Buyer-Seller-Forum will open again at the 2018 edition. At a specially organized matchmaking event, exhibitors and top managers from the industry can meet daily between 11.00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., establish new contacts and make deals. In 2017, some 150 face-to-face meetings took place in this manner.