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Ceramics exhibition set in Shandong
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08:41, September 11, 2008

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The 8th China International Ceramics Industry Exhibition will be held from September 16 to 19 in the city of Zibo in east China's Shandong province.

The show is expected to attract 40,000 participants from over 30 countries and regions.

More than 1,000 ceramics enterprises will display their latest porcelain and pottery products and present their new technologies at the 160,000-sq-m exhibition.

"It will be a pageant in ceramics circles that promotes exchanges between China and the world and fosters the industry's development in Zibo," said the city's mayor Zhou Qingli.

Sponsored by China Federation of Industrial Economics and China Ceramic Industry Association, the exposition will display a range of products including industrial ceramics, ceramics for daily use, artistic work and that used in building.

Exhibition zones are organized according to the product categories.

More than 300 domestic and overseas buyers will take part in the purchasing meeting held during the exhibition, Mayor Zhou said.

Zibo has established alliances with international ceramics associations, chambers of commerce and multinational purchasing groups.

A product design competition will also be held in four categories - daily-use, arts and crafts, building and sanitary ceramics.

The latest designs by 423 ceramics artists from seven provinces will be on display to promote innovation in the sector's technology, arts and materials. The oldest competitor is more than 80 years old and youngest just 9.

Academic meetings and forums will also be held with 500 domestic and overseas experts expected to exchange scientific and technological results. About 7,000 hi-tech concepts will be presented.

The exhibition has been held every year since 2001 resulting in over 500 agreements worth $4 billion. Through its role of promoting the development of ceramics in industry and science, the event is now well known at home and abroad.

As one of the most influential industries in Zibo, the ceramics sector generates 20 billion yuan in revenue annually through production of 860 million items a year, 60 percent of which are exported to some 80 countries and regions.

About 800 million sq m of ceramic building materials are produced in the city annually.

Source: China Daily

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