Ceramics Expo 2018: All Eyes on Cleveland
Delegates are set to flock to Ohio's Ceramic City for the fourth edition of Ceramics Expo.
Ceramics Expo, North America’s largest free-to-attend commercial ceramic event, will be held May 1-3 at the Cleveland International Exposition Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The event provides a platform for the industry to highlight and explore advanced ceramic materials, components, and technologies.
“From the very beginning, we designed this show as attractive, forward-thinking, collaborative and accessible,” said Danny Scott, event director. “This has paid dividends over the years, and we clearly see a global resonance, as exhibitors and delegates from an ever-expanding geographical reach sign up to participate.”
Advanced registrations are strong; for many, the plan to spend three days at Ceramics Expo is a crucial way to find new materials, conduct detailed business discussions, firm up joint ventures and become better informed. “Ceramics Expo is a good show, enabling us to talk to new customers and meet existing ones for new opportunities,” said Rodrigo González, vice president of Ceramics for Nutec Bickley.
Some 3,500 people in total are expected to attend, as executives and engineers from key user industries—automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical, energy, heat treatment and defense—come together to: source new materials, components and technologies; network effectively; and discuss challenges and opportunities with industry peers. Fruitful participation is what it’s all about, and these interactions lead to the sort of reaction given by Julien Morou, lead engineer for Advanced Vehicle Development with General Motors, after the last event: “It’s been a fantastic experience, a great show. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m looking to go home and implement some things I’ve seen.”
More than 330 leading manufacturers and suppliers from across the entire supply chain, representing around 20 countries, will showcase the latest material innovations and advancements in ceramic technology. Significantly, nearly every one of the worldwide manufacturers of advanced ceramics that featured in CI’s 2017 list of top-ranking players is already signed up to exhibit; these giants alone are responsible for annual revenues in excess of $60 billion. The list includes Saint-Gobain, Corning, Kyocera, SCHOTT, CoorsTek, Morgan Advanced Materials, and CeramTec.
This growing interest is against a backdrop of increased use of ceramics in a host of complex applications. For example, silicon carbide power semiconductors offer many advantages over conventional silicon types. A recent report predicts that compound annual growth rates will near 25% for the next few years, taking sales over $900 million by 2022.
In addition, many leading research centers are focusing heavily on technical ceramic materials. We can see the emergence of novel technologies such as flash sintering, micro 3D printing, advanced ceramic membranes, ultra-high-temperature ceramic coatings for hypersonic vehicles, ceramic pumps able to operate up to 1,400°C, nanotubular ceramic-based materials, superionic ceramic nanocomposites, 3D-printed ceramic rocket propulsion components, and more.
“The exciting progress that is taking place in our industry within just a 12-month period is staggering,” said Scott. “With Ceramics Expo, we present the time and the space to give every aspect full consideration. We expect record visitor numbers in 2018, and of course registration for both the expo and conference is totally free of charge.”
Ceramics Expo organizers are rolling out five new attractions for this year’s show. During the Ceramic Industry BenchPress, visitors will be invited to join the team at a live polling event on the hottest industry topics, combined with live expert analysis and a complimentary networking breakfast. This event is expected to provide a unique opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and to benchmark industry knowledge.
The second new feature is the Product Showcase. The latest innovations in ceramic materials and technologies will be unveiled via a series of 15-min live demonstrations aimed at highlighting cutting-edge developments in the technical ceramic industry.
B2B Matching has been designed as a quick and easy solution for participants to meet new potential customers, suppliers, and cooperation partners at the exhibitor’s booth. This platform will assist industry end users in utilizing their time at the event to meet with ceramic manufacturers to discuss product developments, design challenges, and the potential advantages of using technical ceramics as a material solution.
Also assisting with the task of making best use of each expo day is the Innovation Trail. Visitors will be able to follow this guide across the show floor to see which companies are at the forefront of R&D, developing cutting-edge materials, technologies and solutions for a range of ceramic applications. Lastly, through EXPO TV, attendees and exhibitors will be able to watch product demonstration times, interviews, competitions, and polls during the day on digital screens positioned throughout the exhibition hall.
Running concurrently with the show, the 4th Annual Conference @ Ceramics Expo is entitled “Enabling the Adoption of Advanced Ceramic Materials & Processing Technologies” (see the Agenda at a Glance below). Attendees will gain a 360° view of the ceramic materials market, including new material formulations, future material requirements of end-user markets, and material challenges. They will also be able to find solutions in the areas of technology development and implementation, cost reduction, and scaling-up of manufacturing processes. New ceramic material properties will be analyzed, with reference to performance, applications, and efficiencies, while the latest innovative ceramic R&D for product commercialization will be presented.
“We are putting together what I think is our best-ever conference, and we already have a fantastic lineup of speakers,” said Scott. “The sessions have been specifically designed for engineers and decision makers from OEMs and tier-ones in all the key end-use industries. As always, we have positioned the twin-track forums alongside the exhibit area, making it easy for delegates to choose just those presentations they wish to attend and then be back among the booths in a matter of seconds.”
Kicking off the conference at 10:30 a.m. on May 1, the plenary session keynote address will offer a realistic picture of the potential and barriers to success for the ceramic industry within the next 5-20 years. It will share insights on the status of the advanced ceramic and glass sectors, review areas of growth, and identify what is needed to achieve these goals and enable the technologies of the future. The address will be followed by a panel discussion involving ceramic manufacturers, end users and material suppliers, who will provide their vision on the key issues driving the industry.
To register or for additional information, visit www.ceramicsexpousa.com.
Conference @ Ceramics Expo 2018
Agenda at a Glance
Tuesday, May 1
Leadership Panel: Forecasting the
Future of Advanced Ceramic Materials
Track 1: Materials Market Place
- Mapping the Materials Market: Outlining Availability, Cost and Quality of Raw Material Supply
- Industry Update: Reviewing the Status of Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) Production and Application
Track 2: Slurry Preparation, Powder Dispersion, Particle Size Distribution and Rheology
- Controlling Viscosity, Density and Particle Size Distribution of Ceramic Slurry to Optimize Rheology in Ceramic Processing
- Reviewing the Function of Polymeric Additives in Conventional Processing and Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics to Optimize Structure of the Final Part
Wednesday, May 2
Track 1: Ceramic Material Properties and Application
- Reviewing Innovations in Zirconia for Dental Applications
- Examining the Application of Electroceramics
- Industry Focus: Examining the Potential for Advanced Ceramic Materials in Battery Technology
Track 2: Advances in Ceramic Manufacturing and Processing
- Evaluating Computational Modeling in Ceramic Processing
- Promoting the Adoption of Advanced Ceramic Materials as an Alternative to Traditional Materials
- Promoting the Adoption of Disruptive Technologies by the Industry
Thursday, May 3
Track 1: Research & Development
- Research Round-Up: Presenting Innovative Ceramic Research for Commercialization
- Research Round-Up: Innovative Technology for Ceramic Processing
- 5x5: Showcasing New Material Offerings for Application Identification
Track 2: Additive Manufacturing
- Developing 3D Printing Technology for the Industrial Production of SOFCs
- Reviewing Scale-Up of Binder Jet Ceramic Additive Manufacturing
- Industry Discussion Additive Manufacturing: If We Had a Crystal Ball…