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The 40th edition of Cersaie presented in Bologna: the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings returns from 25 to 29 September

Giorgia Cardinaletti, journalist at TG1, moderated the press conference for the presentation of Cersaie 2023, which took place on the top floor of the Unipool Tower in Bologna, symbolising Cersaie's desire to look far into the future. The conference saw the participation of Confindustria Ceramica Chairman Giovanni Savorani, BolognaFiere Chairman Gianpiero Calzolari, Confindustria Ceramica Vice Chairman Emilio Mussini, architect Massimo Iosa Ghini and the mayor of Bologna Matteo Lepore.

Giovanni Savorani, after expressing shared condolences for the victims of the flooding in Emilia Romagna, recalled that, following the Italian ceramic industry’s strong growth in 2022 to reach revenues of more than €8 billion, the first few months of the current year have seen a decline in sales of around 10%.

“Cersaie is an international exhibition and a global showcase for Made in Italy,” noted Savorani. “At this 40th edition, the Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso will be one of the speakers at the inaugural conference to be held on Monday 25 September at 11.00 a.m. in the Palazzo dei Congressi.”

The trade fair as an opportunity to make a new start

“In times of difficulty, trade fairs are an opportunity to reboot the entire local economy, and Cersaie is the foremost trade fair for the ceramic industry and our local region,” added Gianpiero Calzolari. “The exhibition centre is continuing its investment programme and in the space of just a few years will take a big step forward to become even more international in its scope. Climate change is forcing us to make important choices in terms of infrastructure and new production technologies, and it is something that affects all of us, from companies to institutions. BolognaFiere will continue to show solidarity with families and businesses affected by the flooding.”

Cersaie is gearing up to be a sell-out event

“Four months before Cersaie is due to open, we can already confirm that the show will be fully sold out,” said Emilio Mussini. “The 15 halls available this year will have a fully occupied total area of 145,000 square metres, a few thousand square metres more than in 2022. The number of exhibitors is also up by a few percentage points from last year’s 624. Ceramic tile producers will make up almost 57% of the total, while the bathroom furnishings sector will account for 15%. Overseas exhibitors will comprise around 40% of the total, once again confirming Cersaie’s exceptional international scope.”

All the initiatives to celebrate Cersaie's 40th anniversary

Emilio Mussini then presented the exhibition itinerary designed for the 40th anniversary of Cersaie, consisting of five different areas. The first of these, in the Services Centre, will serve as a teaser for the remaining four – one in Gallery 21/22, two in Gallery 25/26 and the last one in the Mall of Hall 37. Each of the areas will house a graphic showing key products and personalities from the decade, together with one or more videos featuring product applications, the historical context and events organised at Cersaie, accompanied by music from the period.

In support of this, Cersaie launched a communication campaign showcasing the products, projects and events that have marked significant breakthroughs over the course of four decades. It will also look to the future with an eye to new developments and applications of ceramic products.

“The Building Dwelling Thinking cultural programme will be back with leading names in the world of international contemporary architecture,” continued Emilio Mussini.

The 18 Press Cafés will be held in the Media Village new location in Mall 29/30 and will be preceded the week before the exhibition by a digital roadshow organised in cooperation with 5 foreign publishers.

Cersaie Designs Your Home will also be back again this year. Another new feature of this 40th edition of Cersaie concerns the world of tile installation. As part of a focus on future generations and professional training, six young tile layers aged between 17 and 23 will take part in a challenge to create an artefact using tiles of various sizes.

Rethinking architectural space

Rethinking architectural space was the focus of the talk given by architect Massimo Iosa Ghini. “The real challenge is to thrive on harmonisation, to successfully pursue development while maintaining the ability to preserve the environment. Ceramic is a local product not just geographically but above all conceptually, and has undergone extraordinary evolution, largely as a result of technological innovation.” Ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings no longer exist in an autonomous space, but following research efforts and innovation have now taken their rightful place amongst the new uses of buildings, taking on new challenges in terms of space, quality of life and sustainability. Ceramic tile is the pre-eminent surface covering material because it meets different aesthetic and functional requirements while protecting the environment.

The main priority is redevelopment

The Mayor of Bologna Matteo Lepore noted that, following the floods, “Infrastructure damage of this magnitude had not been seen since the post-war period, and several billions of euros will be needed for reconstruction.” More than 10,000 families have settled in Bologna in recent years, noted Lepore, and the investments envisaged by the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) funds will exceed €1 billion without increasing land use.

“Redevelopment is the operative word: at present our main projects are located in disused railway areas and concentrated around the high-speed train station, as well as the construction of six new urban parks and the reduction of emissions with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Cersaie is a key event for our region’s development and fully reflects our ability to compete in international markets.”

The event for all industry professionals, designers and contractors will be held in Bologna from 25 to 29 September.