A Clean, Efficient and Electrified Future

Ceramics Expo 2021
Written by Robert Hoshowsky

The theme of Conference at Ceramics Expo 2021, ‘Advanced Ceramics: Enabling a Clean, Efficient and Electrified Future,’ was chosen to reflect important issues, says conference producer Nadia Steggell. “We do a lot of research beforehand and speak with many industry experts.”

The Ceramics Expo of 2021 invites and welcomes industry professionals from engineers to end-user Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), to find out what’s going on in the industry.

Investigating key topics such as energy storage, industrial coatings, electronic packaging and more, this year’s free-to-attend Ceramics Expo will be bigger than the previous events.

Organized by international exhibitions and conferences company Smarter Shows (Tarsus) Ltd, 2021’s Ceramics Expo is the sixth annual installment of the leading supply chain exhibition and conference.

Presented in association with founding event partner The American Ceramic Society, the Ceramics Expo is expected to draw over 2,000 attendees, feature more than 250 exhibitors, and over 30 leading industry speakers.

Prime networking opportunities
This year’s Expo is being held at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, a modern event space measuring over 410,000 square feet in the heart of the city. It will begin on Monday August 30 with an Exhibitor and VIP Networking Reception, followed by Exhibits and Conference on Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1.

For exhibitors, the Ceramics Expo is the place to see and be seen. In just three days, exhibitors can reach thousands of potential clients in the industry, making valuable connections in the advanced ceramics and glass manufacturing supply chain.

From creating networking leads and benchmarking products and services, to staying informed of the latest developments, materials, technologies and trends, exhibitors can also maximize their reach through digital sponsorship opportunities.

Focused on raising brand awareness, educating the marketplace, achieving measurable results and generating sales prospects, the seven-page PDF contains a wealth of valuable information and tips on preparing for 30 minute-long “Technology Lunch & Learns,” Thought Leadership Webinars and more, including what to do during and after the events.

According to research conducted by Ceramics Expo, part of the reason for the creation of Technology Lunch & Learns is the desire of visitor audiences “to discover new suppliers, technologies, products and services in a noontime consuming, convenient digital format and that our exhibitors want to connect with new potential customers and generate leads.”

Through half-hour lunch and learns, participants can engage in sponsorship opportunities to showcase their latest products and technologies in a fast-paced format offering maximum reach to target audiences.

For anyone interested and wishing to know their best options, the team at Ceramics Expo is ready and able to answer questions about digital sponsorship and digital opportunities through info@ceramicsexpousa.com.

Well-known exhibitors
The Ceramics Expo features an A to Z mix of presenters from large companies, academia, and end users. Among the many products and services at this year’s Expo are specialists in forming, molding, additive manufacturing, powder processing, tooling equipment manufacturing, ceramic, glass and component manufacturing, raw materials, refractories, powder processing, laboratory and testing equipment, and many other disciplines.

A who’s-who of the industry and related services, exhibitors at the sixth annual Ceramics Expo include Corning Incorporated, Harrop Industries, Inc., Selee Advanced Ceramics, Sequoia Scientific, Inc., The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), ZEISS Microscopy, and many others.

“We’ve had a good track record of keeping our exhibitors on-board,” says Steggell. “One thing people really enjoy about the show is that it provides these really great opportunities between the industry members, and that it brings together the technical and the practical side of things, alongside a bit more of academic substance, especially when it comes to the conference itself.”

Event safety standards
To ensure the best possible time for all exhibitors and attendees, the Ceramics Expo has a handy Plan Your Visit section on its website at https://www.ceramicsexpousa.com/plan-your-visit. And to ensure health and safety for all, Smarter Shows and event organizers have created Smarter Safety Standards, a five-page PDF that may be viewed online or downloaded.

Developing a framework based on guidelines from the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), the international Association of Exhibitions and Events and others, Smarter Safety Standard addresses issues faced during COVID-19, and adapting to a post-pandemic world, including revised event formats.

Smarter Shows (Tarsus) Ltd will be taking full measures in accordance with the state’s Government guidelines at the time of the event across all its shows. Together with Smarter Safety Standards, organizers have prepared Post COVID-19 Exhibitor Guidance, a five-page planning-participation PDF. Summarizing booth design/layout/build and dismantle, booth activity, booth hygiene, and health and safety, the document provides information on transfer of items, booth material, staffing, signage, seating and more to help exhibitors make the most of this year’s Ceramics Expo.

Dynamic speakers
Among this year’s confirmed speakers are Timothy Dominik (Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman), Jennifer Benson (Chief Engineer, Raytheon Intelligence & Space), Chris Ducheme (Vice President Global Supply Chain, Coorstek), and others from GE Aviation, Morgan Advanced Materials, and other well-known companies in the sector.

Over the past six years, exhibitors and attendees alike have praised the Ceramics Expo for providing opportunities to listen, learn, network, and discover. Plus it has been described as “the hub of the global ceramics community and one of the most trusted sources of ceramic materials and applications knowledge.”

Mark Mecklenborg, executive director of The American Ceramics Society says of the Expo: “With exceptional opportunities for collaboration, Ceramics Expo plays a pivotal role in gathering all the leading stakeholders in our industry. I’m thoroughly looking forward to meeting everyone in the new venue, with renewed energy and focus following the challenges of 2020.”

Delivering value
Investing considerable time into research and planning, Smarter Shows and the Ceramics Expo take pride in bringing attendees fascinating and informative speakers.

Day One’s theme of Sustainability and Innovation will cover topics including “Reimagining the Supply Chain: Lessons for Efficiency in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” “Examining the Capabilities of Redox Flow Batteries for the Future of Energy Storage,” and “Unlocking Innovation Through Closing the Gender Gap in the STEM Industry,” among others.

Day Two’s agenda on Materials and Procession will see presentations on “Bridging the Gap Between Research and Development and Commercial Viability for Ceramic Additive Manufacturing” and “Improving Properties of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for Hypersonic Applications.”

Conference Producer Steggell says the Expo will also feature other sessions in keeping with the overall theme, “including a session on facilitating environmentally friendly practices in the industry and also ceramics and 5G technology with ‘Enhancing Ceramic Materials for the Advancement of 5G Technology,’ which I think is a really exciting new area as well.”

Once work wraps-up on Advanced Ceramics: Enabling a Clean, Efficient and Electrified Future, the dedicated team at Smarter Shows will begin planning for 2022’s Ceramics Expo along with stakeholders and exhibitors.

“One of the key things we are looking forward to is that this is going to be the first in-person conference we – and I think many of our visitors – will be attending this year,” Steggell says. “So the opportunity to bring this community of professionals together is really excellent, and we are looking forward to being able to provide that space where we can help people to get going on innovation, and propelling the industry in a great direction.”

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