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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Foam Expo Europe and Composites Europe to be held in parallel in Stuttgart starting in 2019

After its phenomenal success on launch, Smarter Shows, the organiser of Foam Expo Europe has officially announced that the second edition of the annual trade fair and conference for the technical foam manufacturing supply chain will run in parallel with Composites Europe, the European trade fair and forum for composites technology and applications. The events will both take place 10-12 September 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, establishing a superior range of opportunities for key application industries seeking to utilise advancing materials and technology.

Foam Expo Europe achieved unprecedented success this year in establishing a high-quality and comprehensive marketplace for the supply chain of technical foam production. More than 3,200 quality attendees – 82% of decision-making or decision-influencing calibre – arrived in Hannover last month to advance their businesses through the exploration and procurement of advanced foam and related technologies and services.

Together, the two fairs at the Stuttgart location will offer synergies for joint applications across automotive, aviation, construction and sports and leisure industries.

Foam Expo Europe…

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Ceramics Expo introduces focused new format for 2019

Ceramics Expo 2019 (April 30 – May 1, Cleveland, Ohio) will comprise two focused days of the exhibition, where attendees can explore the latest ceramic materials, components, and manufacturing technology.

The new format features more exhibits and networking opportunities, plus a more focused free-to-attend, two-track conference. For 2019, in-depth conference sessions are scheduled over two longer, but more productive, days, and once again feature dozens of high-level speakers tackling the hottest industry issues and talking points.The condensed format brings dual benefits:  less time out of the office plus more face time with key contacts.

To facilitate these networking opportunities, a dedicated B2B matchmaking area has been designated on the show floor for one-to-one business meetings. An online service will open before the show to pre-arrange meetings between buyers and suppliers. There will also be a lively welcome reception for exhibitors and invited guests on the Monday evening before the exhibition opens – a rare opportunity to mingle with hundreds of industry peers in one place.

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Focused new trade fair boosts dynamism in Europe’s thriving foam industry

A brand new trade fair and conference for the technical foam supply chain arrived in Europe last week, bringing with it the latest innovations, solutions and developments in materials and manufacturing technologies.

The three-day event was an enormous success, welcoming 155 exhibitors showcasing their products to 3,259 attendees from across the entire foam industry. At the conference, 52 high-level speakers shared their insights to engaged audiences.

With so many industry specialists in one place, the trade fair was an opportunity to meet new customers, chat with potential partners and foster new business leads.

Globally renowned companies were in attendance, including Airbus, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW Group, Robert Bosch GmbH, BASF, JSP, Faurecia, LyondellBasell and Porsche AG. 

International in scope and inclusive in nature, the show welcomed everyone from global conglomerates to young startups to share ideas and connect. Armacell’s chief corporate development & investor relations officer Normal R Rafael commented: “Foam Expo Europe is really great to meet peers from around the globe; we have people here from Japan, Taiwan, South…

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Two weeks to go to register for your FREE Foam Expo Europe pass

The hotly anticipated Foam Expo Europe event lands in Hannover, Germany this month.

Taking place on 16-18 October, the trade fair is Europe’s first trade fair, conference and networking event for the European technical foam manufacturing supply chain. This first annual exhibition showcases products, equipment, services and technologies for manufacturers and buyers working across the technical foam industry.

Free to attend, Foam Expo Europe is a meeting place for the entire foam supply chain. More than 200 exhibitors – including Huntsman, IMESA, Recticel, Armacell, Milliken and Foam Supplies Inc – will present their foam solutions to thousands of attendees.

The trade fair features cutting-edge products, materials and technologies. Durfoam will display DurProx, physically cross-linked polyethylene foam boasting superior mechanical properties and advanced dimensional stability. Armacell is set to showcase its two product lines: PET foams and elastomeric foams, while Cannon Viking will present its solution to growing demand for a compact machine producing a range of top-quality foams for a variety of applications. Elsewhere on the show floor, the Institute…

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Space Tech Expo USA gets a new look, new format and new features!

Since we closed the doors of Space Tech Expo 2018 back in May, the team have been busy formulating a brand-new proposition for the 2019 event, with the aim of further establishing Space Tech Expo as the go-to event for space business and manufacturing on the west coast.

After consulting with some of the events’ key stakeholders, trusted partners and supporters, the team put their heads together and developed a new value-packed event format that will offer more hours of educational content, meaningful networking opportunities and access to innovative engineering solutions, and less time out of the office. In short, the new look Space Tech Expo packs a punch!

The new event format will offer a condensed two-day exhibition with full days on Tuesday May 21 and Wednesday May 22, and for exhibitors, primes and VIPs, a launch party on the Monday evening will kick off the show with an exclusive invite-only exhibition ‘preview’ and drinks reception.

Space Tech Expo 2019 will also introduce a host of new features to the existing line-up, including workshops, comprising a full day of highly…

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