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Feb

21

The 19th China International Ceramic & Bathroom Fair Foshan

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Name: The 19th China International CeramicBathroom Fair Foshan
Time: April 18-22, 2012
Hosts: China Building Ceramics & Sanitaryware Association, China Ceramics Industrial Association, People’s Government of Chancheng District, Foshan City.
Organizer:  Foshan China Ceramics City Development Ltd.
Co-organizers: Foshan Ceramics Industry Association, People’s Government of Nanzhuang Township, Neighborhood Office of Shiwan Township.
Venues: China Ceramics City, China Ceramics Industry Headquarters, Foshan International Conference & Exhibition Center
Scale: around 300,000m2 and 600 exhibitors
Exhibits: Building CeramicSanitarywareBathsBathroom AccessoriesBathroom Cabinet, Mosaic, Art Ceramic, etc.
Visitor Coverage: Around 50 countries

The Best Ceramic and Bathroom Fair

China International Ceramic & Bathroom Fair Foshan , the top event in ceramic and bathroom industry in China, has become the name card of Foshan. As an export-oriented exhibition, CeramBath attracts buyers home and abroad with its outstanding exhibition recourses and state-of-the-art products. And it has been regarded as the most prestigious and influential ceramic and bathroom exhibition in China. Every year, with 500 to 600 exhibitors, CeramBath opens on every April 18 and October 18, in the same period as Canton Fair and has been successfully held for 18 sessions, which totally received over 800,000 visitors.

Here in Cerambath, you can find various ceramic and bathroom products as well as ceramics-related products, including floor tile, wall tile, skirting, exterior wall tile, plaza tile, mosaic, garden ceramic, glass ceramic, roof tile, art ceramic, stone, bathroom, massage bathtub, bathroom accessories, ceramic basin, toilet, ceramics machinery and technique, ceramics raw material, et.

According to the statistics, of all sessions of CeramBath, 70% of the exhibitors receive purchase intent from buyers and more than 20% of them close the deal during the fair.

Feb

13

Early China porcelain trade

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Wares from the 16th century include Kraak porcelain, Yixing stonewares, Blanc-de-Chine, Blue and white porcelain, Famille verte, noire, jaune and rose, Chinese Imari, Armorial wares and Canton porcelain. Chinese export porcelain is generally decorative, but without the symbolic significance of wares produced for the home market. With the exception of the rare Huashi soft paste wares, Chinese porcelain is hard paste made using china clay and Chinese porcelain stone, baidunzi. While rim chips and hairline cracks are common, pieces tend not to stain. Chinese wares are usually thinner than Japanese and do not have the Japanese stilt marks.

Dutch 17th Century still- life painting by Jan Treck, showing late Ming Blue and white porcelain export bowls (1649).

In the 16th century, Portuguese traders began importing late Ming dynasty Blue and white porcelain porcelains to Europe, resulting in the growth of the Kraak porcelain trade (named after the Portuguese ships called carracks in which it was transported). In 1602 and 1604, two Portuguese carracks, the San Yago and Santa Catarina, were captured by the Dutch and their cargos, which included thousands of items of porcelain, were auctioned, igniting a European mania for porcelain. Buyers included the Kings of England and France. Many European nations then established trading companies in the Far East, the most important being the Dutch East India Company or VOC. The trade continued until the mid-17th century when civil wars caused by the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644 disrupted suppliers and the European traders turned to Japan.

Export porcelain vase with European scene, Kangxi period.

As valuable and highly-prized possessions, pieces of Chinese export porcelain appeared in many seventeenth-century Dutch paintings. The illustration (right) shows a painting by Jan Treck that includes two Kraak-style bowls, probably late Ming, the one in the foreground being of a type called by the Dutch klapmuts. The blue pigment used by the artist has faded badly since the picture was painted.

Under the Kangxi reign (1662–1722) the Chinese porcelain industry at Jingdezhen was reorganised and the export trade was soon flourishing again. Chinese export porcelain from the late 17th century included Blue and white and Famille verte wares (and occasionally Famille noire and jaune). Wares included garnitures of vases, dishes, teawares, ewers, and other useful wares, figure models, animals and birds. Blanc-de-Chine porcelains and Yixing stonewares arrived in Europe giving inspiration to many of the European potters.

For the potters of Jingdezhen the manufacture of porcelain wares for the European export market presented new difficulties. Writing from the city in 1712 the French Jesuit missionary Père François Xavier d’Entrecolles records that “…the porcelain that is sent to Europe is made after new models that are often eccentric and difficult to reproduce; for the least defect they are refused by the merchants, and so they remain in the hands of the potters, who cannot sell them to the Chinese, for they do not like such pieces”.

Feb

8

Tang Sancai burial wares

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Sancai means three-colours. However, the colours of the glazes used to decorate the wares of the Tang dynasty were not limited to three in number. In the West, Tang sancai wares were sometimes referred to as egg-and-spinach by dealers for the use of green, yellow and white. Though the latter of the two colours might be more properly described as amber and off-white / cream.

Sancai wares were northern wares made using white and buff-firing secondary kaolins and fire clays. At kiln sites located at Tongchuan, Neiqui county in Hebei and Gongxian in Henan, the clays used for burial wares were similar to those used by Tang potters. The burial wares were fired at a lower temperature than contemporaneous whitewares. Burial wares, such as the well-known representations of camels and horses, were cast in sections, in moulds with the parts luted together using clay slip. In some cases, a degree of individuality was imparted to the assembled figurines by hand-carving.

Dec

31

Jingdezhen ceramics design company opened the first professional

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May 29, is located in Jingdezhen City, Tao Yuan Fan Sheng Jingyu opposite the old campus was founded ceramic design. The focus in Ceramics design enterprises to the city’s first appearance in the national identity is also an unusual debut, filling gaps in professional ceramic design company, domestic ceramics industry to promote the development, promotion of higher education Ceramic Design The combination of ceramic production and provided technical support and human resources guarantee. City leaders and other distinguished guests and many Huangkang Ming ceramics industry attend.

Cheng, chairman of the company’s long hair told reporters on the current status of the ceramic industry as a whole look, pay attention to brand building, design-driven ceramic enterprises are rare. Many companies need to design talent, but less importance to explore and develop design talent, more reluctant to pay more for outstanding design talents costs, and the products cause serious homogenization phenomenon not ? long-term development of the Xing Ye. In this context the company came into being, efforts to promote industrial upgrading and leap-forward development, Jingdezhen ceramics industry bigger and stronger and make due contributions.

Dec

31

2009 China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramic Fair

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Photo taken on Oct. 18, 2009 shows a blue-and-white porcelain clock on shown at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province. The 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair kicked off here on Oct. 18.

Visitors tour the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009.

A visitor views exhibits at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009.

A woman shows blue-and-white porcelain clocks at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen

A woman shows a blue-and-white porcelain clock at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009. The 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair kicked off here on Oct. 18.

Dec

31

Shanghai Ceramic Fair spread the “China Zhi-made”

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Following last year’s Shanghai International Ceramic Art Fair life after success, the second Taobo Hui will also be held on November 11 Mart opened in this year’s theme is “Chinese wisdom made.”

Participate in this year’s addition Tao Bohui exhibitors last year, there are Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Japan, agencies are encouraged to register. Organizing Committee, said China is rising, with the quintessence of ceramic building international ceramic cultural exchange platform for the times after the Expo, innovation and creativity will be interpreted as a conscious mission of the city. International perspective, China Zhi-made, lead the fashion will greatly enhance the value of Shanghai Tao Bohui, it is the annual conference of aesthetics of urban life, Expo will be cross-linked life and art of gesture. This Taobo Hui will be set up a museum, and the International Pavilion, living museum, the Museum of Art, cutting-edge museum, museum and activities will also set up a publishing area, and grouped the six external development interact. Has launched the “2010 tea said,” – Gaochun ceramic Weitepeini Cup International Design Competition will be grouped Jury Award and Media Award, this is the first time in China’s ceramic industry separate media award. And professional accreditation of its taste, cultural differences, will be a means on the current Taobo Hui topic.

This competition was officially launched this month, in November announced the results and awards presentation, contest aimed at mining, ceramic design and creative support personnel, the revitalization of China’s ceramic culture. Competition to attract Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, designers, art organizations and institutions and domestic active designers, studios and institutions involved. Competition will eventually selected the most creative level, the most development potential, the most accepted and recognized by the market designer works, and give rewards and extensive promotion, the full dissemination of contemporary Chinese ceramics and Chinese intellectual-made charm.

May

9

Accents Make the Tile

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Decorative Fashion Accent

It’s not all about field tile. Border and accent tiles, when used with discretion, can add pizazz without breaking your tile budget.This bathroom tile picture features a continuous band of accent tile from Daltile along the bathtub.

Jul

12

The NMMU Ceramic Design

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The NMMU Ceramic Department offers outstanding facilities and a vibrant staff that are constantly involved with current trends and events. The department has a comprehensive Ceramic Design course and a Ceramic Fine Art component.

 

The Ceramic Design Course is geared to equip learners with the necessary techniques and information for starting their own business once they graduate. The course runs over 3 years, and covers clay hand building, slip casting, press moulding, plaster mould making, jiggering, transfer printing, throwing, glaze and kiln technology. At 3rd year level, learners are encouraged to experiment with their own concepts and to formulate new designs that may become the start of their signature range.

The course also touches on the business component of running a small ceramic studio. Learners are given instruction on costing wares, product evaluation, marketing and product design. Furthermore, learners are exposed to direct selling to the public through the department’s Red Earth Clay Project initiative, an “earn and learn” project, which facilitates an in-house gallery.

 

The Ceramic Fine Art component is primarily focused on the conceptual nature of the artwork. The instruction concentrates on the fabrication of the proposed pieces and their installation and purpose.

May

29

The world’s first full production of ceramic solar panels

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The afternoon of March 4, with the first block of freshly baked ceramic solar panels, solar panels, the world’s first full production of ceramics.

It is reported that this new type of ceramic solar panels than the traditional low-cost polycrystalline silicon solar energy more than 60% does not produce any waste pollutants, especially long service life; and profit is the traditional architectural ceramics by several times.

It is understood that China and Thailand in emerging solar ceramic tiles, was Kung urged materials in the Museum of Shanghai World Expo is the Expo Hall will be the only charge material items.

May

29

Ceramic crisis countries in the world’s a mixed reaction to

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The 16th World Ceramic Forum held recently in China Taiwan to participate in the forum are China (including Taiwan), Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Japan, the United States and other ceramic tile producers, representatives of almost occupied Ceramic production in the world as a whole 80% of the share. Delegates to explore the theme of the Forum include the world’s consumption and production and consumption trends, the impact of financial crisis for the ceramics industry.
In 2008, the world’s ceramic tile production rose to 8.5 billion square meters, annual production is expected to 2009, and 2008 unchanged. Ceramic tile consumption in the Asian region to maintain a good upward trend, while Europe, Japan and the United States of these the world’s top 10 economies from 2008 began a gradual downward trend in consumption of ceramic tiles. As the impact of financial crisis, this year declines in sales of ceramic tile in some countries as much as 20% ~ 50%. So far, China, Brazil, Italy and Spain have always dominated the world’s ceramic tile production in the first few big countries. Representatives of other countries and regions as well as data reporting point of view, the situation in China a single good, Italy, Spain, more powerful industry hit the United States is full of future market expectations.

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China is entering the recovery status of the whole industry
Forum Chinese government increased domestic demand and China’s vast rural market pull, the Chinese construction industry in a crisis for the nation’s adjustment and upgrading, the annual output of more than 6 billion square meters, exports only 670 million square meters, 88% of the domestic market, imports market share of 0.06%, the product price has risen too.
Product structure, the ceramic tile 64%, interior glazed tiles 25, 7% of stoneware tiles, stoneware and fine stoneware tiles 4%, the low-end products accounted for more than 80%; first half of 2009, the whole industry into the “revival” state, national industrial transfer and distribution once again started; decline in exports and domestic sales increase; production costs decreased, corporate profits fell in the morning and synchronization; the whole industry, basically through the most difficult times in March and gradually into the recovery phase began.
Of energy, industry, annual consumption of about 150 million tons of mineral raw materials, basic local materials, the Chinese government energy-saving emission reduction policies and export taxes reduced to 8% of the policies to help Chinese enterprises to ride out the storm played a role, the Chinese government promulgated a series of environmental policy, so that China Building Ceramic Industry more concerned about environmental and social responsibility.

India is projected 7% growth in the
While India affected by economic crisis, 24% of the factories to stop the kiln, the number of unemployed reached 40000, but has maintained GDP growth of India, India housing industries and pillar industries, IT has continued to maintain growth, future The Government plans to increase by about 2,000 million units of housing construction. Ceramic tile production increased by 20% last year to reach 390 million square meters. At present, India’s per capita consumption of ceramic tiles from 0.36 square meters, there is still much room for development. Marketing point of view, yield 70% reliance on the domestic market. In the output of which accounted for 43% of tiles and other floor tiles accounted for 40 percent and imports 2,450 million square meters, export 1,400 million square meters. 2008 sales of view, the international market increased by 11%, imports increased 24%. This year, the domestic market is estimated that 7% growth.

German sales profits encountered unprecedented difficulties
On the whole German tile production is shrinking year by year, last year remained at 6,500 million square meters. In 2009 has dropped by 17 ~ 20%, sales profits were encountered unprecedented difficulties.

Italy is expected to reach 22 percent decline in output this year
Over the past two years by the Italian Federation of the continuous integration into the ceramics related to many of the chapters have joined together to form a more powerful system for face-degree ceramic industry economic crisis. In respect of the current domestic form, is expected to Italy this year, production decreased by about 22% to reduce the roughly 4,000 million square meters, sales are expected to decline to about 18% of approximately equivalent to 4 billion euros. In terms of investment decreased 8% to about 7,500 million euros, but the contrast from the turnover and sales terms, the investment rate was maintained at a proportion of the past. Probably accounted for about 15% of sales. From overseas exports, the Italian or to maintain the highest average price, with an average of 10 euros per square meter of ceramic tiles, while ranking second in Spain is 8 euros, while the output of superpower China 4 euros. From the demand perspective, the Italian market fundamentals remain unchanged, because the Italian people would prefer to use ceramic products.

Spanish ceramic tile industry output will decline every year 2009 is expected to be even more severe situation, the situation is even worse than in 2008. Spanish industry is now facing a double crisis: the financial crisis and the Spanish real estate market surplus. At present, the ceramic tile industry, the number of unemployed persons is probably around 8,000, the output will decrease under the 2009 and 2007 to do more, the output decreased by 55%, sales decreased by 37%. Apparent decline in domestic demand due to the market, imports also declined. As the impact of financial crisis, exports were restricted, while the exchange rate issue also affected the export sector.

Indonesia’s exports in recent years, the domestic political situation in Indonesia is very
economy has stabilized, the cabinet selection completed this year. Brick’s production of 3.5 million square meters, there are 250 million daily-use porcelain, sanitary ware 4.5 million, the entire output value 800 million U.S. dollars. Main export countries are the United States, Australia and Europe, these three countries. However, due to the economic crisis, which three countries are both affected by more serious, neighboring countries, an annual output of 1,900 million square meters, Malaysia, Thailand, 6,300 million square meters, Vietnam and Indonesia, has remained flat, so not very recent years, the export boom.

Brazil had to rely on the domestic market
from the Brazilian point of view, a decrease of 8 percent of employees, production, a decrease of 11%. Brazil’s domestic market demand increased by 7%, 13% reduction in overseas markets. Brazil’s main export countries are the United States ceramic tile, but sales fell 63% last year, while exports to Latin American countries such as the products also reduced a lot. Imports increased by 23%, and in this 23%, almost all imports come from Chinese products. 3.9 square meters per capita consumption of ceramic tiles, the ceramic industry from the Brazilian point of view, or to rely on the domestic market.

The United States has gone through the most difficult times
The U.S. market has been the most difficult times, from the first half of 2009 data, the tile consumption of 650 million square feet, and only half of the same period in 2008, and now is picking up. Now the housing market began to rebound in October compared with second-hand housing ring up 10.1%, sales of 6.1 million units, real estate, generally as a leading indicator of building materials, from this point of view, is more optimistic about the future market. The U.S. market mainly depend on imports. From the global production trends, to 07-08 from all major producing countries, the changes in ceramic tile or less is expected in 2009 will continue in 2008 the situation will not have too many changes. Over the past year, in terms of the global ceramic tile industry is the most difficult one, even though production on the rise, but the profits of an enterprise is on the decline, in addition to China, Brazil, Vietnam and a few other domestic sales growth, Italy, Spain, India, Japan, the United States, tile sharp decline in consumption, and will have an impact on the future.