LEADERSHIP PANEL: FORECASTING THE FUTURE OF ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIALS
The opening session of the conference is not to be missed. Kicking off the conference with a keynote address by the editor of The American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Eileen De Guire, the leadership panel will offer a realistic picture of the potential and barriers to success for the industry within the next 5-20 years. The session will share insights on the status of the advanced ceramic and glass industry, and review the areas of growth and what is needed to achieve these goals and enable the technologies of the future. A panel discussion between ceramic manufacturers, end users and material suppliers, who will provide their vision on the key issues driving the industry will conclude the session. Tuesday May 1, Track One, 10:30am.
Don’t miss this crucial event in the show schedule – beer o’clock. Join our sponsors GeoCorp Inc and fellow attendees, exhibitors and speakers for a few coldies and some nibbles, exchange business cards with new contacts and advance conversations. Networking receptions take place in the show hall on Tuesday May 1 and Wednesday May 2, from 3:00pm onwards.
THE CERAMIC ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING REVOLUTION
Additive manufacturing will be a highlight of this year’s Ceramics Expo with technologies and sessions dedicated to this growing manufacturing process that will demonstrate how ceramic AM can offer a more cost-effective, scalable, flexible, customizable and faster-to-market solution to component design and manufacture. Thursday will be AM day at the conference, so head over to Track Two from 11:30am. Meanwhile, Lithoz, Saint-Gobain, XJET, 3DCeram and Nanoe are some of the exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in AM technology and materials.
INDUSTRY BENCHPRESS NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Introducing an innovative and highly interactive format to the final morning of the show, the Industry BenchPress is an opportunity for attendees to vote from their smartphones on industry trends and topics in order to benchmark against other organisations, hear live expert analysis from a panel of leading industry representatives and network with like-minded professionals. To top this, a complimentary breakfast will be available and attendees will receive a report post-show, summarizing the results of the session. Download the app to access the voting app and full session information. Track One, Thursday May 3, from 10:00am.
THE INNOVATION TRAIL
Visitors to the show can now see the latest cutting-edge materials and technological innovations revolutionizing ceramic manufacturing and high-tech applications by following this guide across the show floor to see which companies are at the forefront of R&D, developing new materials, technologies and solutions for a range of ceramic applications. Saint-Gobain, SCHOTT, XJET, Nanoe, Materion, Glen Mills and VAC-U-MAX are on the trail, with more to be announced. View the full trail details here.
NEW MATERIALS SHOWCASE
Head over to track one on the final day of the show to hear leading global material suppliers including SCHOTT Research & Development, CeramTec, Nabaltec AG and ENrG Inc. offer quick fire round five-minute, five-slide talks providing an overview of their new material with the aim of finding potential applications. Anyone involved in application and product development should attend this session as it offers a structured and efficient way to learn about some of the latest ceramic material innovations in the marketplace. May 3, track one, 2:00pm.
Another brand-new feature for Ceramics Expo 2018, the Product Showcase offers visitors the chance to see ceramic materials, equipment and technology in action via a series of 15-minute live product demonstrations taking place at exhibitor booths, throughout the exhibition hall. Product presentations will be followed by a Q&A with a product expert. Product demonstrations include 3DCeram, JEOL, NETZSCH, DMG Mori, Hitachi, Nanoe, Superior Graphite and more – view the full schedule here.
PROMOTING THE ADOPTION OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES BY THE INDUSTRY
One of the key challenges in the commercialization of disruptive technologies is the investment of risk, cost and time required by end users and manufacturers. Often the short-term ROI and safety of investing in established manufacturing processes will win over long-term investment in the adoption of new technologies. However, commitment from the industry to develop these innovations is critical to scaling up the technologies of the future. This panel discussion will bring together technology developers, end users and manufacturers to understand the attitudes toward disruptive technology within the industry, the barriers to adoption and strategies for implementation. May 2, Track Two, 3:00pm.
ADVANCED CERAMIC MATERIALS IN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY
Hear how advanced ceramic materials are enabling the battery technologies of the future, as is the case in solid-state batteries in this must-attend panel session, featuring a roster of industry heavyweights including speakers from Samsung SDI, Morgan Advanced Materials, Romeo Power, Ford and Babcock & Wilcox. In addition to the market growth potential, there are crossovers between the manufacturing processes used in both industries, such as slurry and tape casting. The aim of this session is to highlight the opportunities for advanced ceramic materials in the growing battery industry. May 2, Track One, 2:00pm.