Celebrating its 27th edition, Cersaie once again staked its place as one of the world’s largest exhibitions of ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings by drawing an international crowd of over 83,000 people. Held from September 29 to October 3, 2009 in Bologna, Italy, the show provided a forum for attendees to view the latest innovations in tile products that recently hit the market.
Once again sold out, the exposition space hosted 1,036 exhibitors from 34 different countries. Show organizers reported a 1.6% decrease in attendance from 2008, with 83,137 this year, compared to last year’s 84,537. Within those figures, 23,138 were tallied to be international visitors, while 59,999 made up the Italian visitors, “a value that makes Cersaie one of the most international exhibitions not only in Bologna but in the whole of Italy,” stated show organizers.
From tile manufacturing methods and product compositions to thoughtful consideration in the shipping process, this year’s exhibition demonstrated the many different avenues manufacturers are taking to ensure the best quality product for consumers as well as the environment.
Noticeable trends at this year’s edition included tiles with a thinner thickness of 4 to 5 mm, which is beneficial for renovations as well as being cheaper in shipping costs, production and storage, reported many manufacturers. Additionally, implementing new types of recycled glass during the manufacturing process - for example, recycled glass found in television cathode tubes as well as PC monitors, which is considered post- consumer material - was also prevalent while touring the floor.
Additionally, popular trends from previous years, including tiles mimicking other mediums such as wood, stone and wallpaper as well as tile promoting sustainability, were evident again at the 2010 event. Below is just a sampling of some marketplace introductions that were displayed at Cersaie 2009:
www.tauceramica.com | www.spaintiles.info
www.plazatiles.com | www.spaintiles.info
www.landporcelanico.com | www.spaintiles.info