Going Full Circuit Ceramics

In the latest feature Ceramics Expo explores the use of ceramics in the electronic industry and details the electronics exhibitors you should look out for on the show floor.   

Technical ceramics have played a crucial role in the electronics manufacturing industry for many years and continue to be central to advancements in thermal stability, miniaturization, weight reduction, material interfaces and flexible production. This is equally the case for consumer, telecommunications, military and space electronics. Special properties – amongst which many levels of resistivity, insulating and dielectric – combine to offer the electrotechnical designer and producer a wide range of solutions.

quoteOne of the most recent market reports covering this area predicts a healthy growth in electronic and electrical ceramics for the next several years, topping out with global sales valued at close to $12bn by 2021. The technologies associated with this sector have been an important part of Ceramics Expo since its inception, and it is no surprise that the top four world-leading manufacturers cited in the report are all exhibitors in Cleveland later this month.

Alongside the expo, all the major technical and market topics of the day will be considered at the free-to-attend Conference @ Ceramics Expo. One session bound to draw in users from this sector takes place at 1pm on Wednesday April 26. It forms part of Track 1 of the conference and is centered on the theme ‘Growing Importance of Ceramic Materials in Semiconductor Processing and Packaging’. The session moderator is Dr Dinesh Thanu, Engineering TD Manager, Intel Corporation, whose team is focused on providing thermal solutions for advanced microelectronic server packages using novel materials. Interest levels in the presentation are already high.

On the expo floor, you will be able to meet the leading providers of materials, components, assemblies and advanced systems, including the following:

Elcon logo

Elcon Precision offers resistive coating services for alumina products. Titanium-chromium (TiCr) is used as the base coating material in resistive coating operations; coating resistance can be adjusted over a broad range, from mega ohms to tera ohms. Through spray, needle and brush coating or screen printing, Elcon applies resistive coatings on flat, cylindrical and complex ceramic bodies. Ohmmeters are used to ensure that all ceramic parts have controlled electrical resistance values. In addition to resistive coating of ceramics, capabilities include plating, glazing, metallization and brazing.

Booth 104

Nanmac Corporation

Nanmac Corp worked with NASA engineers to develop very unique temperature sensors to test rocket motors. These initial successful efforts led to commercial applications in heat treating, ceramics, sintering, sapphire glass (2,100°C/3,810°F) and calibration to 1,700°C (3,090°F). Over 55 years later, Nanmac has continued to innovate and has introduced new products and solutions.

Booth 1024

Saint-Gobain Ceramics

The CarboTherm BN fillers from Saint-Gobain Boron Nitride offer thermal management solutions for the electronic industry, where efficient heat management is the key to enhancing the life and efficiency of electronic devices. CarboTherm is used as an additive in thermal interface materials as well as thermally conductive plastics.

Booth 1025


Inorganic cements from Sauereisen provide electrical insulation, thermal conductivity, high levels of thermal shock resistance and temperature resistance to 3,000°F (1,650°C). They can be used for bonding ceramic, metal and glass in electricals such as sensors and instruments.

Booth 519

Ferro Corporation

In the area of multilayer materials, Ferro Corp supplies a wide variety of materials for all chip component applications, including additives and setter sands; barium titanates; pastes for components; and dielectric formulations for ceramic capacitors and for high-frequency applications.

Booth 808

Diacut Inc

As electronics become smaller and more powerful, the need for precision when manufacturing them becomes ever greater. Silicon wafers, as well as wafers made using other materials, need to be handled carefully to avoid introducing impurities. Diacut Thinwheel welcomes the challenge of creating blades for such a specialized process. No matter what material you will be dicing, Diacut aims to create a custom precision blade that will get the job done.

Booth 943

Elkem Silicon Materials

Elkem Silicon Materials is one of the leading suppliers of metallurgical silicon products to customers in the chemical, solar, electronics, aluminum, construction, refractory and oilfield industries worldwide. Silicon is a key aluminum alloy, found in electronic products, a main ingredient, high-purity silicon for solar cells, and to produce silicone. Ask about Elkem’s unique line of Silgrain products used for advanced ceramic applications.

Booth 324

Air Liquide - Balazs NanoAnalysis

Balazs NanoAnalysis, a division of Air Liquide Electronics, operates ISO 17025 accredited laboratories that specialize in identifying ultra-trace-level contamination. Balazs’ expertise covers solids, liquids and gases used in the electronics and other high-tech industries.

Booth 1124

Eisenmann Thermal Solutions GmbH

Made-to-measure production systems from Eisenmann are employed to make electronics components, battery materials and precision ceramics. The portfolio includes electric and gas-fired kilns and furnaces. Eisenmann ensures smooth integration with upstream and downstream processes.

Booth 1143

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

Advanced Energy Industries offers advanced power and control technologies for semiconductor and thin-film processing applications. These include RF power with advanced multi-level pulsing, enabling a wide variety of semiconductor applications and providing flexibility and adaptability for 3D logic and memory (VNAND) and next-generation device structures. It also offers source technology uniquely suited to operate in semiconductor applications, targeted for critical plasma-based processes for lower device damage, higher throughput and higher yields.

Booth 502

Bullen Ultrasonics, Inc.

Semiconductor equipment manufacturers, fabricators and ceramic material manufacturers rely on Bullen Ultrasonics for precision machining of critical components for semiconductor process equipment. Bullen is capable of machining high aspect ratio precision features in 300mm diameter components in a wide range of semiconductor materials, including CVD silicon carbide, alumina, sapphire, aluminum nitride, silicon, silicon nitride, yttria and many others.

Booth 305

Advanced Glass & Ceramics

Advanced Glass & Ceramics is a premier supplier and developer of nanoporous glass. It specializes in the fabrication and machining of Vycor 7930, Varapor and AGC40 to customer specifications. Applications include sensors, detectors, desiccants, frits for reference electrodes, gas, liquid and petroleum separation, medical devices, optics and more.

Booth 237

Bakony Technical Ceramics Ltd

Bakony Technical Ceramics produces high-alumina and zirconia products such as insulators for igniters, and parts for the electronics industry.

Booth 1118

Centerline Technologies

Centerline Technologies provides ultra-precision services for grinding, lapping, polishing, diamond sawing and laser machining of metals, ceramic, sapphire and other materials – for the telecommunications, semiconductor, communication, test and measurement, microelectronic, defense and security industries.

Booth 435


ADMAFLEX technology from Admatec provides complex parts with industry standard material properties for alumina, zirconia and fused silica. Admatec offers 3D printing services and also the advanced ADMAFLEX 130 ceramic 3D printer.

Booth 935

ESL ElectroScience

ESL ElectroScience specializes in providing solutions to enable customers to take technologies from concept through high-volume production using thick film pastes and ceramic tapes. ESL products can be found in hybrid microcircuits, multilayer microelectronics, transformers, thick film heaters, sensors and fuel cells.

Booth 339


The extensive line of materials from Ferrotec supports a wide range of application requirements including semiconductor processing equipment, integrated circuit testing and medical diagnostic systems.

Booth 341

Formatec Ceramics

Formatec Ceramics can manufacture complex components very efficiently by injection molding (CIM) or in small series by five-axis machining and 3D printing. It has developed Si3N4 feedstock, electrically conductive ceramics, ESD qualified ceramics and 3D printing of ceramics.

Booth 136


View the full exhibitor list here