For WZR, the ceramitec in Munich is the most important trade fair. There we meet almost all our customers and establish important contacts with new customers. This year it was finally time again: after 4 years we could present our topics to an international audience. We had chosen a joint booth with Rösler CeramInno and concr3de, an exhibitor team that fitted very well.
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