The 26th edition of Cersaie, the international exhibition of ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings, recently took place in Bologna, Italy. Although the event timeframe was pressed against a world financial crisis, attendance figures did not disappoint nor did the efforts brought forth by those exhibiting.
When touring the halls, very little evidence gave way that the turnout this year was at 84,537, an 8% decrease from its more than 90,000 visitors in 2007. In fact, the exhibit space was increased by approximately 215,000 square feet to a record total of almost 1.9 million square feet. According to show organizers, “not only was this additional space fully booked several months in advance; it also allowed for participation by a record 1,074 exhibitors from 34 different countries, including 230 from abroad.”
Additionally, international presence rose to 25,675, which accounted for more than 30% of the total professional attendees -- a first for the show.
It was clear that manufacturers were hard at work, eloquently showcasing their latest products. From handmade tiles to ones developed through the most advanced technology, a broad range of styles could be found at this year’s show -- suitable for any market.
Below is just a sampling of the many new product lines that were featured at Cersaie 2008: