Tecna Expo 2022
Tecna Expo 2022, the international exhibition of technologies and supplies for the surfaces industry is back this year.
Tecna, the International exhibition of technologies and supplies for the surfaces industry is back this year and going to take place on the 27 to 30 September 2022 in Rimini Expo Centre following a four-year absence (the 2020 show was cancelled due to the pandemic). With its completely new layout covering a total of 70,000 square metres in 14 halls in the east wing of the Rimini Expo Centre (accessible via two entrances), Tecna 2022 will also stand out for its new sections and theme routes, a wider and more multidisciplinary programme of conferences, and new events. But Tecna will also maintain a sense of continuity, particularly in terms of its range of technology offerings thanks to the participation of all the most important companies in the sector, including 30% non-Italian exhibitors mainly from Spain, Turkey, Germany, China, Portugal, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Greece and the United States. The show is also expected to attract large numbers of customers.
This is not just because industry professionals are keen to meet up again after the four-year hiatus, but because there continues to be a very strong global demand for technological investments in all sectors of the ceramic industry, particularly tiles, sanitaryware and heavy clay. This demand is driven by different factors according to the type of company and geographical region. This year the delegations of buyers taking part in one-to-one meetings with exhibitors will be from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. Events and conferences Automation, digitalisation, sustainability, environment and safety, along with product design, aesthetics and functionality are the keywords that will be echoing around the stands and through the events organised by Tecna 2022.
One of these is Tecna Future Lab, a special project focusing on the world of Industry 4.0 with an exhibition area in Hall D5 for companies operating in the fields of IoT, Edge computing, Cloud, AI, Industrial Software, Robots & Cobots, Motion Control, Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Networking, Cyber Security, Circular Industry & ESG, and Servitization.
The adjacent area will be reserved for innovative start-ups and the Future Arena, a space hosting technical workshops on Industry 4.0 topics, institutional conferences and events proposed by the exhibiting companies. Aesthetics and design will be the topic of discussion at the Decortech Conference focusing on new surfaces, while the challenges of the future for the ceramic industry will be the subject of the opening conference entitled “How to Make the Future: Visions and Challenges”, featuring talks by institutional figures as well as managers from leading international ceramic companies. The theme of this year’s technical conference – organised by Acimac and Tecna in cooperation with Ceramic World Review – is “Sustainability in Ceramics”.
The first session will explore the theme of “New frontiers of hydrogen: challenges and opportunities in Europe”, with talks by representatives of ENEL and plant manufacturers already conducting research into the use of hydrogen as a fuel for thermal machines. This will be followed by technical presentations from exhibiting companies operating in the field of green technology, from energy saving to recovery and recycling and the circular economy.
Another new feature of Tecna 2022 is the launch of the TecnAwards for outstanding technological investments made by international customers in the three-year period 2020-2022. While product and process research and innovation have always been the keys to the success of Tecna’s exhibitors, it is the market that determines their real significance, i.e. the ceramic industry’s ability to adopt and exploit each new technology and transform it into a competitive lever. The TecnAwards are being launched to pay tribute to this ability. There will be nine competition categories and a total of 24 prizes.