The run-up to the largest international ceramics industry trade fair in Europe promises a successful ceramitec 2024, according to Messe München, which has received a lot of positive feedback from the industry. Maritta Lepp, ceramitec Project Manager, is delighted: „We have significantly more exhibitors than in 2022.“ Official registration figures are not yet available. But according to the exhibitor database, more than 430 exhibitors have registered as of 29 January, around 80 more than at the last edition.
There is an impressive number of returning and new exhibitors in the heavy clay ceramics and raw materials sectors. More than 169 companies from both areas have registered, according to Lepp. These include well-known companies such as Tecnofiliere, Bongioanni, Händle, Refratechnik, Equipceramic, VHV, Ceramica do Liz and Talleres Felipe Verdes.
ceramitec 2024 will take place from 9 to 12 April at the Messe München exhibition centre.
Return to the A halls of Messe München
Ceramitec will once again be organised in the A halls, A4 to A6. The three halls are next to each other, Hall A6 is located directly at the East Entrance and the Messestadt Ost underground station. As usual, the halls are organised thematically. A6 brings together fine, refractory, technical and high-performance ceramics, composite materials, powder metallurgy, 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Raw materials and additives, powders, operating and auxiliary materials, refractory materials, kiln furniture, furnaces and equipment as well as energy solutions are logically placed in the centre hall A5. Heavy clay ceramics will be located in Hall A4, together with analytics, research and development, education and training, publishers and associations, IT and logistics. ZI will also have a booth there. In addition to free copies of ZI and the Brick yearbook, the ZI editorial team looks forward to your visit.
Supporting programme: themed tours, Career Day, special show, ceramitec talks
A supporting programme around the exhibition has also been announced. Messe München is offering two themed tours:
Deep Dive Heavy Ceramics: industry experts from the European Ceramic Technology Suppliers working group will show participants new ideas and concrete solutions relating to the key themes of „digitalisation“, „energy efficiency“ and „innovations“ at selected heavy clay ceramic stands in Hall A4.
Introduction to technical ceramics: Participants from application industries will familiarise themselves with the range of services offered by technical ceramics and ceramic components through selected stand visits in Halls A5 and A6
Participation is free of charge, please register in advance: https://ceramitec.com/de/muenchen/programm/guided-tours/
On the last day of the trade fair, 12 April, students, graduates and companies will have the opportunity to find out more about the transition from studying to working life during presentations and discussions in Hall A4. Three presentations have been announced so far: Study programmes in the ceramics sector, Presentation of various options after graduation, What do companies expect from graduates. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to present themselves specifically to young professionals and engage in dialogue with them.
Special show Ceramic Applications
A special show will be dedicated to the application possibilities of additive manufacturing products in Hall A6 Stand 339. The focus will be on complex multi-material systems that unite special combinations of properties. As Messe München emphasises, special practical highlights such as heat-resistant and extremely lightweight ceramic matrix composites (CMC) and igniters for satellite engines manufactured using multi-material jetting will be on display.
As at the last trade fairs, a programme of lectures has been announced. Two thematically specialised forums will be held under the new name ceramitec talks. „Our aim is to link theory and practice, science and business, best practice and the search for solutions as closely as possible,“ explains Lepp. The forum in Hall A6 will focus on technical ceramics, with presentations from the Institute for Application Technology Powder Metallurgy and Ceramics at RWTH Aachen University, among others. The forum in Hall A4 is dedicated to the central topics of heavy clay ceramics, primarily decarbonisation, hydrogen technology, energy efficiency and raw materials. The focus here will be on the two lecture programmes of the VDMA and the ZI.
The ZI will present five lectures on current technical-scientific and practically relevant topics. Eckhard Rimpel, Deputy Director of the Institute of Brick and Tile Research Essen e. V. (IZF), will talk about hydrogen firing and measures to improve energy efficiency. His colleague at the IZF, Denny Mathew Alex, will present the tunnel kiln process model, a theoretical instrument for optimising the firing process. Anne Tretau from the Materials Research and Testing Institute at the Bauhaus University Weimar will talk about microwave drying, while her colleague Elske Linss will speak about circularity and the sustainability of heavy clay products. Fritz Mödinger, industry consultant, will report on his practical experience with solar power and/or CO2-free porosification agents.
There will also be presentations from the DKG/Koblenz University of Applied Sciences on the subject of recruiting and retaining staff, from the German Refractories Industry Association on developments in the field of refractory materials and from ceramics focus magazine India on the contribution of machinery and technology to the ceramics sector.
You will find more details on the lecture programme in the coming weeks here: https://ceramitec.com/de/muenchen/programm/#zeitplan_sprecher. Specifics about the ZI lecture progamme can soon be viewed here: https://www.zi-online.info/