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Special Report: Designing for Changing Markets

March 1, 2006
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Several hundred attendees are expected to gather at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, Nev., March 26-28 for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators' (SGCD) DECO '06 seminar and exhibition. With the theme "Designing for Changing Markets," the event will cover new decorating trends and technologies, as well as challenges such as Proposition 65 and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting.
In addition to an informative seminar, nearly 30 exhibitors will showcase new developments in decorating equipment and materials, such as kilns and lehrs; colors, coatings and glazes; screen printing equipment and supplies; ultraviolet (UV) inks and equipment; blankware and other substrates; and specialty products.

Several hundred attendees are expected to gather at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, Nev., March 26-28 for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators' (SGCD) DECO '06 seminar and exhibition. With the theme "Designing for Changing Markets," the event will cover new decorating trends and technologies, as well as challenges such as Proposition 65 and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting. In addition to an informative seminar, nearly 30 exhibitors will showcase new developments in decorating equipment and materials, such as kilns and lehrs; colors, coatings and glazes; screen printing equipment and supplies; ultraviolet (UV) inks and equipment; blankware and other substrates; and specialty products.

Following are some anticipated highlights of this year's event.



First Step Seminar

DECO '06 will open on Sunday, March 26, with "First Step and Beyond," a seminar geared toward individuals who are new to the glass and ceramic decorating field. The morning session will cover the selection of materials such as enamels and mediums, precious metals, organics and UV inks, and unleaded colors, while the afternoon session will include presentations on screen preparation techniques, firing, and digital proofing and printing techniques.

Keynote Address and Retailers' Forum

The general session will kick off at 9:15 a.m. on Monday with a keynote address by George Fenton, president of Fenton Art Glass, followed by presentations on "Decorating of Wine Bottles," by Mike Bergin, Bergin Glass Impressions, and "Tableware Design," by Ed Wonder, Homer Laughlin.

A new Retailers' Forum will be held later that afternoon to answer retailers' questions regarding California's Proposition 65 legislation. Presentations will include "Understanding Proposition 65," by James Calderwood, SGCD's legal counsel, and Andrew Bopp, SGCD's public affairs director; "Proper Testing Protocol," by Jurij Silecky of West Monarch Labs; "Decorating Alternatives," by Julie Butterfield of Johnson Matthey and Todd Barson of Ferro Corp.; and "Responding to Legal Challenges," by Walter Lumley of Tiffany & Co.

Regulatory Compliance

The technical program will be held on Tuesday, March 28, and will focus on complying with regulations and selecting the right materials. Andrew Bopp and James Calderwood will present the latest information on Proposition 65 and will also discuss TRI reporting, while Jurij Silecky will discuss tests that can be used on food use and non-food use products for compliance. Jeff Nixon of Glass Coatings and Concepts will talk about current and future possibilities for "getting the lead out" of ceramic inks. A presentation on organic colors and UV inks by Jeff Morris of Comdec USA will be followed by a discussion on decorative precious metals by Ser Spronck of Johnson Matthey. Sean Weir of Ferro Corp. will highlight the ceramic enamels available to the flat glass market, and Mike Tkach of Homer Laughlin will close the session with an in-depth review of inglaze decorating.

Discovery and Networking

Ceramic and glass items submitted for the SGCD's annual Discovery Awards competition will be on display in the Discovery Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, during the welcome reception, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Award winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will be announced at a reception on Monday evening. The supplier exhibits will be open on Monday from noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and will provide attendees with additional opportunities for learning and networking.

For more information about DECO '06, contact SGCD at (740) 588-9882, e-mail sgcd@sgcd.org or visit www.sgcd.org.

SIDEBAR: DECO '06 Exhibitors*

A.W.T World Trade
American Pennekamp
Anchor Hocking
E.W. Bowman
Coates Screen
Commercial Decal
Elk Machines
Engelhard Corp.
Ferro Corp.
Fylograf
Geib Refining
Gibson Overseas
Glass Coatings & Concepts
Heinrich Ceramic Decal
Heraeus Ceramic Colors
Johnson Matthey
Kammann Machines
Kapan-Kent
Libbey, Inc.
Maryland China Co.
Miller Process Coating
Photo USA
Preciosa
Reusche & Co.
Ruco
Saati Print
Seppic McKay
Sino-Sing
Carl Strutz & Co.
Vanasse Lehr

*as of 2/2/06



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