INSIDE CI: New Initiatives

Technically, I know January 1 is just another day. But the symbolism of a "new beginning" is just too powerful to resist. It's nice to believe that you can turn the page and start over. For companies that begin their fiscal year in January, it's a fresh start at an improved profit margin. For all of us, it's a chance to reevaluate where we stand and determine what changes we need to make to improve, both personally and professionally.

Like you, Ceramic Industry recognizes that we must continually adapt to the changing needs of today's markets. To that end, we have a number of new initiatives planned for 2006 to provide you with even more of the information you need to be truly successful. For example, in this issue we're debuting our new focused market report, Ceramic Defense, which covers the latest advances in body and vehicle armor. Future editions will cover other military and security applications.

With the assistance of a new Ceramic Energy Editorial Advisory Board, we will also continue to expand this targeted supplement to keep you abreast of the newest market opportunities and technologies in the exciting field of energy, including fuel cells, solar/wind power, batteries, supercapacitors, nuclear energy and gas turbines. Board members include Jon Foreman, NexTech Materials, Ltd.; Robert (Bob) H. Licht, Government Programs Group, Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials; Edgar Lara-Curzio, Ph.D., Mechanical Properties and Mechanics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/High Temperature Materials Laboratory; Jay Morrison, Siemens Power Generation, Inc.; Hongyu Wang, Ph.D., Ceramic Composite Products, LLC, GE Energy; and Mark Williams, Ph.D., U.S.DOE/NETL. Look for Ceramic Energy in our April and October issues.

Our "Industry Leader of the Year Awards" in December will highlight individuals who have demonstrated successful management styles; investment strategies; growth in sales, profit margins and/or employment; quality improvements; personal and corporate ethics; industry involvement/contributions; and other related achievements. New for 2006, we will also present an award to an outstanding leader in the pottery production field. Be sure to fill out the form at to nominate the individuals you believe most deserve this special honor, or e-mail me at

We welcome your feedback. If there's a topic you would like to see covered in a future issue of Ceramic Industry, please let me know. As always, our goal is to help you succeed by providing valuable information on all aspects of ceramic and glass business and manufacturing, both in print and online. We wish all of you a happy, prosperous year in 2006-and beyond.

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