Verticalia China was one of many special events at Expo Build China 2005.

Expo Build China 2005, held in April at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, welcomed more than 43,000 architects, designers and retailers through its doors. Visitors came from all over China and more than 100 countries worldwide.

Special events at Expo Build included Verticalia China, involving innovative wall design solutions; Project Matchmaking. a networking opportunity; seminars from three top ceramic and tile suppliers, and conferences on trends in Chinese ceramics.

The show made apparent the rising importance of Shanghai in the world marketplace. "The building industry is growing very fast here," said Guangpin Gu, sales manger for TopGoun Metal Manufacture. "We believe Shanghai is outstanding in the industry with great potential to be developed."

Expo Build China 2006 will take place April 4-7. For more information, e-mail