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FINAL PRESS RELEASE-Tecna - as the curtain closes on the 2022 show

Press release of the 05/10/2022 12.38.55 ( download )

Success for the international show dedicated to tiling technologies and supplies with the next date set for 2024

Rimini, 3 October 2022 - Innovation, sustainability and digitalisation. These are the three main keywords that bring together the range of offerings showcased by the over 320 brands exhibiting that determined the success of Tecna 2022 - the international show dedicated to tiling technologies and supplies staged at the Rimini exhibition centre by Acimac (association of Italian manufacturers of machinery and equipment for ceramics) and IEG (Italian Exhibition Group).
The show was also characterised by a high level of international attendance, with 45% of the trade members at the event in Rimini arriving from over 100 countries around the world, confirming the event´s leading global status. The areas most represented include Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia, not to mention the USA, India, Iran, and Europe.
A special programme was reserved for 130 highly profiled top buyers who - with the support of ITA, the Italian Trade Agency - participated in over 1,060 meetings with exhibiting companies.
A delegation of government investors and ceramics manufacturers from 11 sub-Saharan African countries also attended the fair for the first time.
Among the new attractions, particularly worthy of mention was the TECNA FUTURE LAB; an exhibition area dedicated to start-ups within the industry, the lab offered a packed calendar of events focusing on digitalisation, green solutions, sustainability and logistics, as well as artificial intelligence applied to plants and systems. The primary objective of the Lab was to show off the latest ideas and input concerning Industry 4.0, to ensure continuity with the innovative process already embarked on by the manufacturing industry.
Another aspect that should be highlighted was the predominance of high-profile visitors. During the show´s four days, senior managers from major Italian and international ceramics businesses could be seen working their way round the halls at the new-layout exhibition, confirming Tecna as an essential event to keep up with innovations in design aesthetics and process techniques. Major names in the sanitaryware, brick, and decoration industries also found that the wide range of innovative technologies on display at TECNA more than met their expectations.

´It´s been four years since the last show, - commented chair of IEG Lorenzo Cagnoni - and our return to the market has been marked by a totally new event with revamped look and content. Accessible via two entrances, the new layout achieved its goal of making the fair a gathering dedicated to innovation, with themed itineraries helping visitors make their way round while offering exhibitors greater visibility and a common identity; a packed calendar of events, meanwhile, explored themes such as sustainability in ceramics, the current energy supply issues, and the new frontiers of digitalisation in manufacturing. Themes that are hardwired into the Italian Exhibition Group. The challenge for those organising a fair today is increasingly that of reflecting what is happening in the industry it is aimed at. This is a fast-evolving industry and the decision to change from Tecnargilla to Tecna shows the desire to understand this new dimension and its importance and to seize the opportunities it offers for business and networking´.
Conceived as an evolution from Tecnargilla - which was a world-leading event for supplies for the ceramics and brick industry - Tecna has successfully used a new exhibition format to keep up with the changes that are revolutionising technology, raw materials, and decorations for tiling and other covering materials in interior design. It was not by chance that the claim ´How to make it´ was used to sum up the new format; conveying the ambitious goal of creating a comprehensive collection of offerings that would attract both Italian and international exhibitors and visitors.
´Despite the difficult period we are experiencing - concluded ACIMAC chair Paolo Lamberti - the prevailing mood today is enthusiastic. Coming back after four years and seeing customers again, creating opportunities and business has been fantastic and has given us hope for the future. Our industry, and the mechanical engineering/ceramics industry in Italy in particular, has once again shown its vitality and its innovative spirit. Tecna has proven to the market that we are ready to address the major issues that will determine how the industry will evolve, including: energy saving and efficiency, circular economy, just-in-time production and mass customisation, advanced logistics, and big data ».
The next date for Tecna is set for 2024.

This press release contains forecasts and estimates which reflect the management´s current beliefs (´forward-looking statements´), in particular its thoughts on future performance, investments which will be made, trends in cash flows, and the evolution of the company´s financial structure. By nature, forward-looking statements have an element of risk and uncertainty as they depend on future events occurring. The actual results may differ from those announced, possibly significantly, depending on multiple factors including, for example: trends in the eating-out market and tourist flows in Italy, trends in the gold and jewellery market, and trends in the green economy market; evolution of raw materials prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and changes in the legislative framework.
A public limited company listed on Euronext Milan (regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A), Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A. has premises in Rimini and Vicenza. Over the years, it has achieved national leadership in the organisation of trade fairs and congresses. Today, by expanding its activities abroad (through joint ventures with global or local organisers in, for example the United States, the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Brazil, and India), it has reached a top-ranking position within the European trade fair industry.
The Acimac association brings together Italian manufacturers of plants, machines, equipment, and semi-finished products, as well as raw materials and services for the ceramic industry (tiles, sanitaryware, dinnerware), bricks, and refractory materials. The majority of Italian companies in the industry, from small, medium to large , are Acimac members. Acimac, in turn, belongs to the Confindustria association, thereby ensuring its place within the main system of representation in Italian industry. This industry is the largest globally that supplies to the ceramics industry, with an ever-growing export propensity, with an export intensity that has now reached over two thirds of the total turnover, thanks to the level of excellence and the fact that it supplies the most competitive plants and systems worldwide. Comprising 138 companies, in 2021, the industry recorded a turnover of €2,056,000,000, exports amounting to 74.9% of total volumes, and a headcount of 7,212.