Valencia, Spain -- Spain-based ceramics trade fair, Cevisama, which ran January 28 - February 2, reported record attendance numbers with more than 94,000 professionals, including 17,000 foreign buyers. Cevisama 2019 ran concurrently with another of Feria Valencia’s exhibitions, Espacio Cocina-SICI, sharing synergies and routes to market.

“The fair’s great results bode well for the year being much more positive for Spain’s tile industry than had been expected,” said Manuel Rubert, Cevisama president.

According to Rubert, these figures are a success because the tile industry machinery sector, which draws its own set of visitors, was not part of the fair this year, and also because of this year’s visitor profile. He pointed out that visitors included major distributors, buyers with purchasing and decision-making power, and specifiers such as architects, interior designers and property developers specializing in large projects. The president also underscored the presence of the large U.S. importers.

“This was made possible by the Ministry for the Economy and IVACE in particular, and as a result, the leading distributors in our prime target market will have taken an extraordinary impression of Spain’s product and the country’s top fair home with them,” Rubert added.

While the U.S. was the main sources of foreign visitors to Cevisama 2019, European buyers, especially from Germany, France and the UK also had a strong presence. Plans for Cevisama 2020 are already underway and next year’s show will run February 3 - 7, 2020.

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