The global ceramics industry has experienced a series of exciting developments over the last decade, with growth set to soar over the next five years. Germany’s bustling Bavarian capital Munich is gearing up to host Ceramitec 2018 in April this year. This flourishing exhibition of raw materials, systems, aids, machinery and equipment will be held over four halls at the Messe München, Munich’s modern and sprawling lakeside trade show complex just a few kilometres east of the city centre.
Around 600 exhibitors from close to 40 countries are expected to attend this large-scale event, a fitting opportunity for collaboration, discussion and networking. If 2015’s attendance is anything to go by, the trade fair should attract more than 15,000 participants representing over 90 countries.
The 93rd Meeting of the German Ceramic Society and the Symposium of High Performance Ceramics are running in parallel with Ceramitec 2018, making these four days a whirlwind of industry events, awards and seminars.
The Guest List
Exhibitors include representatives from all sectors of the ceramics industry: visitors can talk to raw material and additive suppliers, liaise with manufacturers of heavy clay, technical, fine and refractory ceramics, inspect modern machinery, discover what research experts in various countries have to say about future developments and make contact with media partners. There will be international market participants in every sector to learn from and collaborate with. Matmatch representatives will be attending Ceramitec 2018.
Some high profile visitors include Morgan Advanced Materials from the United Kingdom, Germany’s Schunk Ingenieurkeramic and the Austrian high performance ceramics additive manufacturing company Lithoz. New exhibitors that are making waves in the industry include Israel’s XJet, providing metal and ceramic AM solutions for 3D printing and the innovative Japanese bathroom, kitchen and plumbing product manufacturer Toto.
The Exhibition Halls
Refractory ceramic materials, equipment, ceramic kilns and firing aids are displayed in a dedicated space in Hall A5, which is also where the events and seminars on the conference program will take place. Raw materials and their additives will be covered in Hall A6, where visitors can find production materials, aids and powders. Hall B5 is reserved for heavy clay ceramics and the equipment, plants and machinery used to produce them. Hall B6 is dedicated to powder metallurgy, technical ceramics and the equipment, plants and machinery used for fine and refractory ceramic applications.
The Conference Program
Expect four days full of talks by more than 60 experts on developments, trends and the future of ceramics, with a particular focus on technical ceramics, digitalization and Industry 4.0. There’s also a day dedicated to heavy clay, one to cover all aspects of technical ceramics and a day specifically for discussions on careers, aimed at young academic achievers, students and graduates interested in entering the ceramics industry. Competitions and prizes are on offer for young ceramists, such as the Walter Hennicke Lecture Competition and the DKG Poster Competition. Trend topic additive manufacturing is covered in a dedicated show.
Key topics on the conference program include component and material development for high performance ceramics and for harsh working environments, ceramic injection molding, kiln construction, Japanese fine ceramics, ceramic research in Iran and reports from other experts in Asian and South American markets, advanced ceramics for energy technology, energy efficiency and mechanical engineering.
Representatives of Matmatch business development and materials science teams will be attending the exhibition. We are hoping to meet industry leaders, establish new connections and share our ideas regarding digitalisation of the materials industry on a large scale.
If you are attending or planning to attend the conference, do not forget to book a personal meeting with us in advance: