With 235 exhibitors from 14 countries and more than 6,100 visitors from 36 countries, the co-location of Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia 2016 proved to be extremely successful when these two events were held at the Gujarat University Exhibition Centre from March 2 to 4, 2016.
Gerhard Gerritzen, Member of the Management Board, Messe München GmbH, and Amen Liao, President of Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd., were delighted with this outstanding result. “The high expectations of the co-location were totally fulfilled. Both organizations demonstrated enormous commitment and offered exhibitors and visitors the best possible trade fair service. The anticipated synergy effects in regard to internationalization and the expansion of the exhibition program took place. Our cooperation proved very worthwhile.”
Igor Palka, COO and Member of the Management Board of Messe München India and Ken Wong, General Manager, Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd., concurred: “India is the world's fastest growing ceramics market. Gujarat alone is responsible for more than 70 percent of the total production of ceramics in India. Ahmedabad is therefore the ideal venue for the co-location of Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia, as well as the key to the Indian ceramics market. We are happy to also continue this success story in future.”
The additional hall, which increased the amount of exhibition space by 4,000 m², also met with a very positive response.
Mr.Yang Xuexian, General Manager of Foshan Henglitai Machinery Co. Ltd, commented, “Participating in Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia 2016 has been a valuable experience. The trade fairs appear to be the largest in their sector with a good visitor turnout while the co-location has definitely been an advantage.”
235 exhibitors presented their products and solutions in two exhibition halls at the Gujarat University Exhibition Centre in Ahmedabad. The largest proportion of international exhibitors came from China with almost 90, followed by Italy, Germany and UK. The trade fair recorded a rise in the number of international visitors and top decision-makers. The highest number of international visitors came from China, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.
“This is our first year of participation and we are overwhelmed with the response we received. This is the only platform to meet new potential customers and international buyers.”, said Rajiv Shah, Managing Director of Rajiv Cera Impex.
Gian Paolo Crasta, Marketing Manager of the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment for Ceramics (ACIMAC), commented, “We are satisfied with the trade fairs. The organization was first class. The trade fairs have grown much larger compared with last year. The co-location is a very good decision for the industry and we are looking forward to taking part next year.”
The supporting program was very well accepted and attended. The Innovation Exchange, held concurrently with Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia 2016, was an unique setting for the trade fair participants, the think tanks and consultants in the industry. The participants gained insights into the latest trends and new and innovative technologies. In particular, intensive discussions were held regarding the topics of raw material processing, sustainability in the ceramics industry and emerging trades.
The next “Two shows—One date”, Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia will be held from March 1 to 3, 2017 at the same venue in Ahmedabad.