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“Meeting the Future of Sacmi Heavy Clay” – an in-depth discussion with the experts

International symposium with the industry’s top experts to be held in the splendid setting of Lake Garda in parallel with Tecnargilla 2016. Afterwards, a visit to the headquarters of Cosmec.

The leading designer and marketer of plant engineering solutions to the heavy clay industry, Sacmi Heavy Clay has organised - for Wednesday 28th September, simultaneously with Tecnargilla 2016 - an in-depth meeting with the industry’s top international experts in the splendid setting of Lake Garda. “Meeting the Future of Sacmi Heavy Clay”: this, then, is the title of the symposium to be held at the Hotel Poiano Resort in Garda (VR, Italy).

Speakers and participants will meet up at the Sacmi-Cosmec stand (Hall A5C5, 14.30) inside the Tecnargilla trade fair on Tuesday 27th September. From here they’ll move on to Lake Garda where – after a welcome aperitif and gala dinner – they’ll get ready for Wednesday 28th when the symposium will open with a talk by Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger, the industry’s world-leading Vienna-based multinational.

Focussing on the far-reaching developments brought about in the European and global heavy clay industry after a decade of profound change, Mr. Scheuch’s talk will prepare the ground for Lorenzo Bellicini, managing director of Cresme (the Italian building industry forecasting and analysis institute for private and institutional investors); he’ll be taking a close look at the so-called “7th construction cycle”, a phase begun in 2016 that – according to analysts – will see the industry make a good recovery and undergo profound reconfiguration, with new driving factors being closely linked to technological innovation, urban regeneration and new markets.

The latter include Algeria, a strategic area that will be the subject of a detailed report by Luca Casaletti of Bongioanni Stampi: he’ll also be focussing on the situation in the roof tile market. Then, of course, comes the promising country of Turkey, which will be illustrated by Gokhan Gorciz, a board member of Tukder, the main Turkish brick and roof tile manufacturers’ association. A zone of opportunity, then, that extends from the Mediterranean to nearby Iran (as clearly demonstrated by the recent large-scale orders won by Sacmi-Cosmec). On the other side of the Atlantic, instead, Latin America continues to generate interesting opportunities (these will be illustrated by Angel di Benedetto, owner of the Latercer Group, in a talk focusing on scenarios and prospects for the Argentinian market).

Sacmi Heavy Clay has chosen to end the day with a visit to the nearby headquarters of Cosmec, the international designer of automated heavy clay handling solutions. A Sacmi company for two years now, its arrival has ensured a successful merging of skills within the Group. At the end of the day the participants will be transferred back to the fair in Rimini (which continues until 30th September) but not before an interesting stop at Sacmi Imola to visit the production plant and R&D facility.

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