Ceramics UK: Making Connections in Traditional and Advanced Ceramics “Across the Pond”
Thousands of attendees are expected to flock to Ceramics UK in July to discover the latest in British ceramic manufacturing.
The Telford International Centre in Shropshire, England, will be the destination for the global ceramic industry as it hosts Ceramics UK July 10-11. From the most high-tech, advanced ceramic components to traditional materials and processes, Ceramics UK will provide a one-stop showcase for the full range of British ceramic manufacturing.
As a manufacturing exhibition, Ceramics UK represents the largest ceramic trade show in Europe in 2019. Its co-location with The Advanced Materials Show ensures high visitor interest, and exhibitors numbering in the hundreds plan to showcase their latest materials and technologies. See the Exhibitor List and Floor Plan, respectively, for details. (For a more in-depth preview of the Ceramics UK exhibition, see “Celebrating Ceramics in the UK,” Ceramic Industry, January 2019).
In addition to a lively exhibition, Ceramics UK will feature a free-to-attend, two-track conference designed to help attendees learn about next-generation materials and technologies while building on their understanding of the state of the industry, especially in light of the various geo-political questions that continue to whirl. The conference will open with an overview of the UK ceramics market, along with opportunities post-Brexit that will help attendees navigate the opportunities, challenges, investment and supply chain management issues caused by Brexit. Conference attendees will also learn about innovation, invention and efficiency related to “The British Technology Market Map.”
The conference will dive into numerous high-concept and practical issues, offering something for everyone. For example, David Pearmain and Richard White, representatives from Ceramics UK founding partner Lucideon, will present the latest in advanced sintering, ceramic testing, and analysis. In addition, Corning’s Michael Badding and ENrG’s John Olenik will discuss details regarding their ultra-thin flexible ceramics for electronic applications.
Adarsh Sagar, Ph.D., of Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH will also participate in the conference. His discussion will detail the latest ceramic solutions in thermal management for the automotive market, particularly in regard to the ongoing trend of electric and hybrid vehicle development.
“Battery thermal management is currently a ‘hot’ topic—to have fast charging whilst keeping batteries safe,” says Sagar. “Kyocera’s Fine Ceramics Division is looking to work with automotive engineers (our customers) who want to design elegant and foolproof methods to address thermal management issues currently being faced in the industry. We especially welcome discussions to develop next-generation heat exchangers, heat sinks or safe battery solutions using ceramics.”
According to Phil Green of IPS Ceramics Ltd., application areas for UK-produced advanced ceramics continue to grow. This trend is evidenced in IPS’ own new product development efforts, including components based on alumina and corundum/mullite, as well as silicon carbide heating elements and advanced cordierite materials.
“UK technologists played a key role in successfully developing the new generation of technical ceramics, with a legacy in this area stretching back a number of decades,” Green says. “The areas for applications appear to be opening up at a tremendous rate. It seems that a higher proportion of components across the industrial scene—say, in aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics, and heat treatment—can be made from one or more of the materials now available in the advanced ceramics portfolio.”
Ceramics UK is unique in that it is co-located with The Advanced Materials Show, which brings technical ceramics alongside graphene, advanced metals and composites. The Advanced Materials Show focuses on advanced materials for a range of applications, attracting representatives from the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and medical industries, among others.
A brief sampling of speakers scheduled to date includes:
- Sean Appleton, General Manager, Advanced Materials, 3M
- Michael Badding, Senior Research Associate, Crystalline Materials Research, Corning Inc.
- Terrance Barkan, Executive Director, The Graphene Council
- Laura Cohen, Chief Executive, British Ceramic Confederation
- Lisa Friedersdorf, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
- Enrique Garcia, Chief Technology Officer, National Composites Centre
- Mark Gee, Fellow in the Materials Division, National Physical Laboratory
- Sean Kelly, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager, Nanotechnology Industries Association
- Dipl.-Ing. FH Ivica Kolaric, MBA, Head of Department-Functional Materials, Fraunhofer IPA
- John Olenick, President, ENrG Inc.
- David Pearmain, Business Manager, Flash Sintering, Lucideon
- Isabel Potestio, Business Developer, Lithoz GmbH
- William Rowlands, Research Engineer, Additive Manufacturing, MTC
- Ravi Silva, Director of Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey
- Claire Skentelbery, Director General, Nanotechnology Industries Association
- Steph Thornber, Ceramics Wasteform Researcher, The National Nuclear Laboratory
- Richard White, Principal Consultant, Materials, Lucideon
- Friedrich Wolff, Application Engineer, 3M
Free registration and additional details are available at www.ceramics-uk.com.