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Cersaie welcomed a total of more than 62,000 visitors over the five days of the show, including over 24,000 international professionals. Attendance amounted to 56% of the 2019 total.

The 38th Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramics and Bathroom Furnishings held in Bologna from 27 September to 1 October, fully met the expectations of the exhibiting companies who had decided to invest in the show as an opportunity to meet their customers face-to-face and present their latest product innovations in person. A total of 623 companies were present on a total exhibition space of 150,000 square metres in fifteen fully occupied halls of the Bologna exhibition centre, including 361 companies from the ceramic tile sector, 87 from the bathroom furniture sector and 175 from the installation, raw materials, new surfaces and services sectors. The strong international profile of the show was confirmed by the presence of 238 non-Italian exhibitors (38% of the total) from 28 countries.

Cersaie 2021 was attended by a total of 62,943 visitors. Despite the continuing difficulties caused by the pandemic in international markets, especially in terms of intercontinental travel, the show attracted 24,019 international visitors (38% of the total), while the number of Italian participants amounted to 38,924. A total of 464 journalists were present, 150 of whom were from outside Italy. Total attendance amounted to 56% of the 2019 figure.

The exhibition was held in compliance with all applicable regulations to ensure safe participation in the event, with Green Pass certification required not only for admission to the exhibition itself, but also for the stand set-up and dismantling phases, the latter of which is currently underway. The adoption of the Green Pass enabled a large number of customers from Italy and the main European markets to attend, although the participation of Asian visitors was more limited due to the strict anti-Covid regulations in place for returning travellers.

"I am convinced that the 623 exhibitors who took part in Cersaie 2021 got the best possible return on their investment in a show that has once again confirmed its national and international importance among distributors, architects, installers and real estate operators," commented Giovanni Savorani, President of Confindustria Ceramica. "Ceramic tiles have been doing well for several months in the various world markets thanks to the intrinsic health, hygiene and environmental sustainability qualities of our products and their ability to satisfy the growing demand for quality of life in homes and other places. As we have pointed out to the representatives of national and territorial institutions whose presence at the fair has clearly shown their interest in our sector,

"Cersaie offered a wide-ranging programme of well-attended and highly effective events," said Emilio Mussini, Confindustria Ceramica's vice president for promotional activities and trade fairs. "Highlights of this edition of the fair included the nearly 600 people who attended the lecture given by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, the presence of ten leading Italian and European architectural firms in the Contract Hall, the exhibition of the G124 project launched by Renzo Piano to redevelop the suburbs in collaboration with young architects, the eighteen Press Cafés held during the five days of the show, the seminars on ceramic tiles held in Tiling Town, and the 180 Cersaie Business delegates from some of the main Italian markets, including Germany, North America and the Gulf countries, who were present thanks to the valuable collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency ITA. Cersaie will continue until 8 October via Cersaie Digital, an online product showcase and business matching service for exhibitors and visitors that provides valuable support to face-to-face visitor participation and will be further developed in future editions of the show.

Next year's Cersaie will be held in Bologna from 26 to 30 September 2022.

Cersaie Press Office - 4 October 2021 - pressoffice@cersaie.it

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Tile prices soar, delivery times lengthen due to war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine and the rise in gas prices are putting the tile industry under pressure. The specialist company Torchio, which operates in Normandy and Brittany, fears complicated months and shortages.

Founded in the Manche in 1975, the company, run by Jean-Charles Kies and Bruno Herbert, employs eighty-five people at eight sites in Normandy and Brittany. | MICHEL COUPARD, OUEST-FRANCE

"We are not able to commit to prices for more than a week".This is the reason why the company has been so successful," says Jean-Charles Kies, general manager of Torchio, based in Hambye, in the Handle. Since the beginning of the war in UkraineThe tile market is experiencing unprecedented instability. Prices are rising, driven by the gaswhich represents "between 40 and 45 % of the manufacturing costaccording to the SME, a member of the Algorel group, the third largest purchasing force in France.
Especially in Italy and Spain, where the main European manufacturers are located, ceramic factories use particularly energy-intensive kilns. They are only switched off during maintenance periods in winter. In one year, the price of gas has risen from €6 per MWh to €150 per MWh, with peaks at €300. "In 2021, we had several successive increases, which we partly absorbed. Until the Ukrainian crisis..."presents Jean-Charles Kies.

Delays are getting longer

Because gas is not the only material to peak. The industry mainly uses clay from Ukraine, which is valued for its physical properties and whiteness. The conflict requires the entire industry to reorganise itself. "There is quality clay in Sardinia, Brittany or Germany, but the demand is higher than the production capacity.observes the manager. In this context, factories prefer to refocus on the most common products. Some are considering taking a break, rather than producing at a loss.

"We already have delivery deadlines for July. This will create shortages, predicts Bruno Herbert, Torchio's second managing director. Especially as the whole of Europe has placed huge orders and emptied stocks in anticipation.

"We are concerned about our customers


For the company, however, this is not a time for panic. "We are sufficiently structured to face this crisis for a year. It is for our customers that we are concerned.Bruno Herbert, who assumes that private individuals will be less penalised. For large construction sites and public orders, however, the bill could be high. "I have a file on Cherbourg: between the framework agreement on the supply and the price today, there is a difference of 40 %.says Jean-Charles Kies. The sector fears, on the other hand, that clients may delay, which would have consequences for companies in a few months' time.

Source: https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/manche/reportage-guerre-en-ukraine-le-contexte-international-fait-grimper-le-prix-du-carrelage-75284304-b045-11ec-bac3-54faba916d73

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