More than 5,220 attendees from 45 countries traveled to Novi, Michigan, to meet and do business at the world’s largest technical foam event. Paul Bergad, President of Bergad Specialty Foams & Composites, commented, “We come to Foam Expo because we’re actually able to open up new markets that we have never dreamed of before. The number of people that have come by our booth has been absolutely amazing.” 

The show floor was buzzing as 355 exhibitors displayed the very latest products and technologies covering the entire industry supply chain, from raw materials and chemicals, to fabricating, converting, testing and recycling. Robb McMahan, CEO of GelPro, summed up the mood among the exhibiting companies: “The show’s been fantastic for us – really high traffic and qualified leads coming through. It looks like we’re going to do some business on the first day.”

Throughout the expo, industry heavyweights including ESCO, FXi and Nitto Automotive, to name just a few, displayed…

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Ceramics Expo to reach new heights

The field of aerospace and space technology is rarely out of the news, and with ceramics finding increasing application in these industries, the free-to-attend Ceramics Expo is set to welcome more C-level executives, R&D specialists, component designers, and production managers from these industries than ever before. Recent forecasts are for overall growth levels in excess of five per cent for the years ahead, and technical ceramics will surely play a key role in ensuring that the next generation of systems are lighter, more efficient, more durable, cost-effective, and safe.

Fantastic opportunities exist for ceramics in rapidly expanding areas – for example, the use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in additive manufacturing. It is predicted that the global market for AM in aerospace will top $3 billion as soon as 2022, with North America leading…

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Smarter Shows are delighted to announce a new, free webinar from Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe ‘Improving Energy Density, Lifespan and Affordability of EV Components Through Thermal Management Materials’, sponsored by LORD

The webinar will be taking place on Thursday 11 April 2019 at 15:00 CEST / 14:00 GMT / 09:00 EDT.

Electric vehicles (EV) are nearing an inflection point where they will begin to replace vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. Much of this is driven by regulation and advancements in battery technology. Automotive battery packs generate heat that is often managed by connecting cells and/or modules to a heat sink through a thermal interface material. As EVs become more prevalent, continued innovation in thermal management solutions for battery packs will occur. This webinar will provide an overview of thermal management materials used in EVs, as well as to show how thermal conductivity, power density and weight reduction for EVs is addressed, making it a serious alternative to combustion engines.


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With just two weeks to go until Foam Expo North America opens its doors in Novi, Michigan, anticipation is building with a huge amount to look forward to.

On March 26-28, the world’s leading foam exhibition and conference will host more than 350 suppliers exhibiting thousands of foam products and solutions. For the 6,000 attendees expected, Foam Expo offers phenomenal scope on new products, developments, associated services, and talking points across the industry.

The show welcomes the biggest names in the industry. Stop by Huntsman’s booth to discover solutions serving a diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets; chat with representatives from 3M to find out about the company’s latest innovations; learn more about Avery Dennison’s high-performance foam bonding solutions; and find the right foam for your particular application at Woodbridge Foam Corporation’s stand.

Ten Foam Expo exhibitors will also participate in the Product…

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Smarter Shows are delighted to present a new, free webinar from Space Tech Expo ‘Exploring the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence for Future Spacecraft: From Data Processing to Efficient Constellation Control’.

The free webinar will be taking place on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 09:00am PT / 12:00pm ET / 16:00 GMT / 17:00 CET

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology with great potential for various segments in the space industry, including satellite systems, both small and large, and other spacecraft. The impending arrival of low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations brings specific challenges, such as operational management of large swarms, Earth observation imaging analysis, and dealing with a more congested space environment. For large satellites, especially those that are software defined, AI can help with anomaly detection and data processing. Both these qualities will provide useful information to satellite operators as well as future satellite servicing missions.

In this webinar, AI experts in the satellite and other spacecraft manufacturing industry explain how this new technology is transforming…

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Developments and growth prospects in the global ceramics industry

The global ceramics industry is undergoing rapid growth as materials continue to find widespread usage in flourishing sectors, including construction, aerospace, electronics, automotive, and medical.

Around the world, the ceramics industry has graduated from charming associations of handmade cups and pots to a foundation industry of global importance and significant production value. By 2022, it is forecast to reach a global worth of $287 billion.


Modern ceramics have widespread usage as clay-building products for construction and high-temperature refractories for vital industries including glass, petrochemicals, and steel. In the medical sector, ceramics are used for a range of applications including artificial body parts. They also have broad application in body armor for sports and conflict usage.

Innovation has underscored this evolution. But changes in the industry and in associated legislation are threatening its growth.

In the United Kingdom, the uncertainty of Brexit…

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Foam Expo Conference announces full agenda featuring industry big-leagues

Foam Expo Conference North America has released its full agenda – a comprehensive schedule featuring industry experts who analyze and address an extensive range of issues and talking points. 

The three-day, two-track conference is the only free-to-attend event of its kind, covering market trends, manufacturing challenges, and opportunities for the full suite of technical foam applications. The agenda comprises trends and developments, expert insights, and leadership panels, where industry leaders gather to discuss topics in-depth. The conference creates a unique space for discussion, debate, and discovery.

This year will see the addition of brand new conference features to the agenda. Spotlight Sessions are an opportunity to learn from end-users in the automotive, aerospace, packaging, sports and leisure, medical, and construction industries about regulations, material requirements, and testing. Sessions deep-dive into specific areas, such as the growing application of foam in the medical industry and material innovations such as lightweighting and better energy absorption. Meanwhile, Material Jam Sessions seek to enhance delegates’ understanding of developments…

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Conference agenda at a glance announced for major foam industry event

Foam Expo North America has announced its conference Agenda At A Glance for 2019, which features expert speakers, focused sessions, and a carefully planned schedule that enables participants to also take advantage of activities on the expo show floor.

Foam Expo Conference is the industry’s only free-to-attend conference delivering in-depth coverage of market trends, manufacturing challenges, and opportunities across all technical foam applications. It takes place over three days – March 26–28, 2019 in Novi, Michigan – and delves into a broad range of industries, from automotive and aerospace, to medical and sports, as well as construction and packaging.

Next year’s edition will be bigger and better than ever, with brand new sessions specially designed to dig deeper into what’s making the foam industry tick. New for 2019 are Material Jam Sessions, serving to enhance understanding of developments in specific innovative materials including PET foam, metal foam, syntactic foam, spray foam, and many others. Each session covers a different…

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First speakers and Conference Agenda Announced and New Workshops!

We are pleased to announce our preview agenda and first confirmed speakers for the Space Tech Conference 2019. Featuring fifty high-level industry leaders and two days of in-depth sessions, the Space Tech Conference will equip senior leaders and technical and procurement professionals with a commercial and technological snapshot of the space industry. High-ranking space industry leaders will also share their vision for the future, helping decision-makers to plan effectively for development opportunities within the space industry. Click here to view the preview agenda online and book your pass early to save $300 (super early bird rate ends Jan. 26, 2019).

Running concurrently to the conference, the Space Tech Expo trade exhibition will showcase the latest manufacturing technologies for the space supply chain, covering industry 4.0 technologies; space system development; components, parts & assemblies; and testing.

Sessions topics for the Space Tech Conference 2019 include:

  • Manufacturing 4.0 Investments and Implementations – NEW WORKSHOP!
  • Production Times with…

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Henkel, FEV, SAIC and McKinsey discuss ADAS sensor development in a free webinar

Smarter Shows are delighted to present an exciting free webinar from Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe ‘Developing ADAS Sensors for Improved Safety in Advanced Vehicles’, sponsored by Henkel.

The free webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 15.00 CET/ 9am EST / 2pm GMT.

As electrification, the connected car and autonomous driving development converge en route to developing the car of tomorrow, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) must play their part in creating a safer, more efficient and more comfortable driving experience. The ultimate goal is for ADAS to reduce driver, passenger and pedestrian accidents with improved automatic safety systems. Core functionalities including adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and collision mitigation have had demonstrable success; for example, AEB has been cited as reducing…

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