Last week Munich hosted one of the largest ceramic exhibitions: Ceramitec 2018. From 10-13 April the international ceramics industry gathered around the exhibition, which was, in general terms, really successful. In case you couldn't attend, we were there to be able to show you.
At least 15,000 people participated in the event and most of them rated the event as excellent, very good or good. Although there were some complications, especially at the beginning, – there was a strike at Munich Airport – after a few economically difficult years in the industry, people were looking forward to this exhibition with enthusiasm and we could see an optimistic atmosphere during the exhibition.
The exhibitors generally said that they received high-quality visits to the booth and that they could carry out interesting meetings and meet new contacts. The level of international diversity was high, with around 60% of visitors from outside the country. Besides, the 633 exhibitors came from 38 different countries, being Germany, Italy, China, France, Spain the ones with the greater appearance.
As we saw at Cevisama 2018 last February, the sector is moving towards the Industry 4.0, where digitalization of the process is becoming more and more important. The truth is that the industry is looking for “highly automated processes facilitating efficient manufacturing for customer-specific solutions” according to Dr. Jürgen Blumm, Chairman of the Ceramitec Advisory Board & Managing Director of Netzsch Gerätebau GmbH.
The conference plan was very interesting too. There was a powder metallurgy day, a heavy clay day, a technical ceramics day and a carreer day. We could listen to talks about additive manufacturing, process optimizing and digitalizing, new technologies and new materials, amongst other topics. Indeed, an excellent show all along.
The next Ceramitec will be in 3 years’ time. Let’s see what they have prepared for us. See you in, Ceramitec 2021!