Leading the Way for Decorators

SGCD's DECO 2005 conference and exposition will highlight new technologies, designs and opportunities for glass and ceramic decorators.

Hundreds of professionals in the glass and ceramic decorating field are expected to gather at the Omni Champions Gate in Orlando, Fla., April 2-5, for DECO 2005, hosted by the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD). With the theme, "Leading the Way...Toward New Technology, New Design and New Opportunities," this year's show is expected to provide a wealth of practical information and networking opportunities. Following are some anticipated highlights of the event.

First Step and Beyond

As in previous years, DECO '05 will include a First Step seminar on Sunday, April 3, designed to offer a broad technical overview of glass and ceramic decorating. This year's seminar has also been expanded to include new topics. Attendees will learn about proper screen preparation techniques from Doug Schilling of Schilling Graphics; how to select the appropriate decorating materials based on the substrate, application and finishing techniques from Simon Bath, Ser Spronck and Harry Evans of Johnson Matthey; and how to properly prepare decorating materials such as hot and cold paste from Erik Wagg of Reusche & Co. Decorating tips and techniques, firing practices and legislative issues will also be highlighted. The session will conclude with an "Ask the Experts" panel.

Trends & Technology Advances

A general session will be held on Monday, April 4, and will include a keynote presentation by Wendy Kvalheim, president of Mottahedeh & Co., as well as an overview of the latest trends in tabletop design by Rebecca Bushner, CMG, owner of the color consulting firm Unlimited Color in Santa Cruz, Calif. Also during the general session, Andrew Bopp, SGCD's public affairs director, and James Calderwood, SGCD's legal counsel, will discuss the latest California Proposition 65 developments, and Jurij Silecky of Monarch Analytical Laboratories, Inc. will discuss the Massachusetts test method.

The technical program will be held on Tuesday, April 5, and will be composed of just one track this year to allow all attendees to participate in each session. Papers in the first session will include "Screen-Printable Reflective Coatings for Glass," by George Sakoske, Ferro Corp.; "Advances in Organic Decals," by Dick Norsworthy and Mark Kelly, Sias Decal; "Advances in Decal Paper Technology," by Adrian Peacock, Tullis Russell Coaters; "Advances in UV Decorating Technology," by Dick Stowe, Fusion UV; and "UV Lacquer Spray Coating of Glass Items," by Harald Gavin, ISIMAT GmbH Siebdruckenmaschinen. The second session will include "Innovations in Coatings," by Terrance Hart, PPG Industries; "New Options in the Decoration of Laminated Glass," by Kimberly A. Stewart, Ferro Corp.; "New Developments in Decorative Precious Metal Products," by Ser Spronck, Johnson Matthey; and "New Developments in Laser Marking," by Sean Weir, Ferro Corp.

Design Innovations

Entries for the 2005 Discovery Awards and Silent Auction will also be on display during the show. The Discovery Room will be open on Sunday from 1-7 p.m.; Monday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.; and Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Discovery Award and Silent Auction winners will be announced during the annual celebration dinner on Monday evening.

For more information about DECO 2005 or SGCD, call (740) 588-9882, fax (740) 588-0245, e-mail sgcd@sgcd.org or visit http://www.sgcd.org . A link to the full conference program can also be found in the online version of this article at http://www.ceramicindustry.com .

Exhibit Hours

Sunday, April 3: 3-6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4: 1-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 5: 12-3:30 p.m.

DECO 2005 Exhibitors*

Aellora Digital
American Pennekamp
Ceramic Industry
Coates Screen
Elk Machines
Engelhard Corp.
E.W. Bowman Co.
Ferro Corp.
Geib Refining
Gibson Overseas
Glass Coatings & Concepts
Heraeus Ceramic Colors
Johnson Matthey
Kammann Machines
Leipold Int'l
Libbey, Inc.
Maryland China Co.
Miller Process Coating
Photo USA
Phylum International
PPG Industries
Preciosa Reusche & Co.
RUCO (Comdec)
Sino-Sing Int'l
Carl Strutz &Co.
Vanasse Lehr, Inc.

*as of 2/7/05

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