ASIA – Asian Exhibition Services (AES) is launching a pan-ASEAN ceramic technology and materials exhibition in Bangkok.

ASEAN Ceramics 2013 will be held in Thailand on 11-13 September 2013 at BITEC, Bangkok, a launch AES claims gives Southeast Asia its first exhibition dedicated to the ceramics industry.

The organiser says Southeast Asia is becoming a highly competitive area to do business in the ceramics industry due to increased attention on the fast-growing economies of Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, and a maturing of markets in Malaysia and the Philippines. ASEAN Ceramics 2013 is being positioned to provide direct access to the wider markets of Bangladesh, Japan and South Korea.

The event will be held alongside the ITCA International Conference supported by the Thai Ceramic Society.

“We are delighted to be pulling together this new platform, not just for Thailand, but for the whole region,” AES MD David Aitken said. “This new, biennial event will provide an exciting meeting place in the heart of a dynamic region.” He added Thailand is recognised as one of the three “ceramic powerhouses” of Asia alongside China and India.

According to AES, the global ceramic sanitary ware production industry is expected to grow from 325 million units in 2011 to 443 million units by 2016. The company claims that as of 2011, Asia-Pacific leads the ceramic sanitary ware production with a share of 52.6 per cent, followed by Europe on 17.9 per cent and South America on 12.6 per cent.

The exhibition’s two-year cycle has been conceived to alternate with the European biennial event Technargilla.

AES is organising the 2014 edition of Pharmex Asia in Bangkok alongside the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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