The International Centre, Telford. 10th - 11th July 2019



Wednesday 10th July - Track 1:
Wednesday 10th July - Track 2:


The UK Ceramics Market Overview

09:30 - 10:30

The UK is home to a number of leading technical ceramic manufacturers, research institutes and Universities. Over the last decade the ceramic industry has been experiencing significant growth with record levels of exports being achieved. The Financial Times reported last year that some ‘UK manufacturers have secured nine consecutive years of double-digit growth’. Industry leaders in the UK have played a key role in successfully developing the next generation of technical ceramics.

This session will provide an overview of the ceramic industry in the UK, along with leading insights into how UK technology partnerships and innovations are impacting the global growth of the technical ceramic industry.

Dr Andy Wynn,
Managing Director,
TTIP Consulting

Tony Kinsella,
Chief Executive,

Laura Cohen,
Chief Executive,
British Ceramic Confederation

Alan McLelland,
Vice President - Technology Technical Ceramics,
Morgan Advanced Materials


Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction

10:45 - 11:45

One of the biggest challenges faced by ceramic manufactures is fluctuating energy costs and ensuring manufacturing efficiency in the pursuit of carbon reduction.

This session will review some of the latest low-carbon manufacturing technologies along with new energy processes which can lead to cost reduction and manufacturing efficiency.  

Andrew McDermott,
Technical Director,
British Ceramic Confederation

Andrew Holgate,
Sales and Marketing Director,


Roll-to-Roll Ceramic for multi-market applications, Energy, Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Medical

10:45 - 11:10

ENrG Inc. in collaboration with Corning have developed an ultra-thin, flexible ceramic ribbon offering a new substrate choice for product developers. Flexible, strong and able to withstand extreme stress, this high-temperature ceramic is able to play a key role in a number of applications areas. This session will examine the unique benefits offered by this flexible ceramic product.


The Faraday Battery Challenge – Challenges and Solutions

11:15 - 12:00

The UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge is supporting a range of research, technology and industrialisation programmes to advance the development and deployment of electrochemical energy storage. This session will take the form of short presentations, followed by a panel discussion, with representatives from industry and academia. Giving an overview of some of the activities supported by The Faraday Challenge and providing a forum for discussion of battery technologies.

Paul Shearing,
Professor - Chemical Engineering,
Faraday Institution

Mauro Pasta,
Associate Professor of Materials,
University of Oxford

Richard Clark,
Global Lead, Energy Storage,
Morgan Advanced Materials


Improvements in traditional high temperature sintering

12:00 - 13:00



David Pearmain,
Business Manager, Flash Sintering,

Ian M. Reaney,
Professor in Ceramics,
The University of Sheffield


New Ceramic Solutions in Thermal Management

12:00 - 12:30

Kyoceras unique ceramic technology enables flexibility in producing three dimensional cooling structures for the automotive industry. By using high thermal conductivity materials and customized designs, heat exchangers and heat sinks can be made according to the needs of automotive engineers . 

Adarsh Sagar,
Business Development Manager,
Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH



Additive Manufacturing

14:00 - 16:30

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is completely re-shaping and disrupting how ceramic materials are used in a range of applications. As material challenges associated with AM are improving, a range of industries from automotive to aerospace, healthcare to tele-communications are benefitting. This session will review a number of AM technologies and processes for a range of applications. 

Tom Wasley,
Senior Research Engineer,
Manufacturing Technology Centre

Samantha Thomas,
Research Group Leader,
Johnson Matthey

Hanifeh Zarezadeh,
3D Application Manager,
Photocentric Ltd

Isabel Potestio,
Business Developer,
Lithoz GmbH

Norbert Muller,
Marketing and Sales Director,
Alumina Systems GmbH

Guillaume de Calan,


Ceramic Materials Analysis and Testing

14:00 - 14:50

This presentation will cover an overview of the advantages of using non-destructive 3D and 4D analysis to model real structures, to identify defects and investigate failures with example applications on solid oxide fuel cells, in situ nanomechanical testing in dentin, multi-scale and multi-model analysis investigation of fibre reinforced composites. It will also study the multiple layers of thermal barrier coatings, as well as non-destructive crack analysis in 3D and 4D study under environmental conditions in building materials.

Richard White,
Principal Consultant, Materials,

Dr. Alisa Stratulat,
Applications Development Engineer – Advanced Materials,
Carl Zeiss Microscopy


ACerS UK chapter UK Ceramic Talent – Latest Developments

15:00 - 16:00

A facilitated session between the most talented young ceramists from academia and industry in the UK. The UK Chapter of the American Ceramics Society, alongside Ceramics UK, is providing the platform for PhD students and early career researchers to communicate their work and ideas to industry representatives. All speakers in this session have been nominated by the ceramic community in the UK.

Eugenio Zapata-Solvas,

Dr Rowena Brugge,
Faculty of Engineering, Dept. Materials,
Imperial College London

William Rowlands,
Research Engineer in Additive Manufacturing,

Wirat Lerdprom,
Technical Consultant for Ceramics - Field Assisted Sintering,

Stephanie Thornber,
Ceramics Wasteform Researcher,
The National Nuclear Laboratory


Drinks reception

16:30 - 18:00


Thursday 11th July - Track 1:
Thursday 11th July - Track 2:


Ceramic Applications

9:30 - 12:30

60 industry partners brought together by Ceramics Applications, including raw material and equipment suppliers and component manufactures from Germany, Europe, United States, India and Japan present the latest thought-leadership and innovations within technical ceramic’s.

Karin Scharrer,
Editor in Chief,

Ben Melrose,
Technical Director,
International Syalons Ltd.UK

Ulrich Werr,
Sales Director,
Rauschert Heinersdorf-Pressig GmBH/DE

Karin Hajek,
Head of Sales,

Walter Kuhn,
Head of Sales,
Maxon Ceramics/DE


Bringing together Industry and Academia. Challenges and Opportunities

9:30 - 10:25

Bringing together academics and businesses can be a delicate process. This session will discuss grant funding for collaborative projects as well as barriers to finding the right academic partner. Key milestones on the pathway to successful partnerships with be reviewed as well as the complex relationship between academic discovery and commercial focus.

Eugenio Zapata-Solvas,

Andrew McDermott,
Technical Director,
British Ceramic Confederation


Transforming Advanced Materials Technologies into Profit

10:30 - 10:55

This presentation addresses how to guide new products and technologies through the many layers of organisational processes required before succsessful new products can go to market. A great idea for an innovative product is just the start of the complex and lengthy process of turning this into a commercial reality. Often there are too many stumbling blocks along the way tha can derail a great idea. This presentation will review examples of advanced ceramic, carbon and refractory products that have been developed. It highlights the organisational barriers, process barriers and cultural barriers that businesses face and presents techniques on how to deal with them.

Dr Andy Wynn,
Managing Director,
TTIP Consulting


Alternatives in Powder Pressing: Dry Bag Isostatic and Uniaxial Presses

11:00 - 11:25

State of the art machinery technology is used for prototype and serial parts production. This presentation will include an overview of the available technologies for densification of powder materials. The specific technologies that will be presented are for preform and net shape pressing. The differences between flexible mould pressing and rigid die pressing will also be covered.

Mark Thomason,
International Sales Manager,
Gasbarre Products, Inc.


Closing the gap between lapping and polishing

11:30 - 11:55

To remain competitive internationally, being at the forefront of technology is a must when it comes to fine grinding, lapping and polishing. The goal is lowering cost and enhancing efficiency with innovative grinding and polishing solutions. When it finally comes to the polishing of surfaces, there isn’t just one way of doing it. The real challenge is to find the most efficient process, which at the same time meets the highest quality standards

Nicola Vella,
Head of Sales & Business Development,


Choosing the Right Ceramic Adhesives

12:00 - 12:25

When addressing the opportunity where a ceramic cement may be required for a bonding, potting or adhesive application one must assess certain variables that will allow for the best recommendation.  These variables encompass temperature, surfaces to be in contact with cement, application methodology, chemistry, etc. so that the proper material or materials are considered in the initial evaluation process.

The presentation will cover the various types of ceramic materials available, their chemistry and thermal and electrical properties required for the selection process. Industry applications along with photos will be provided to illustrate the recommendation process on historical applications. 

Gregory M. Severyn,
Business Development Manager,

Michael Cordell,
Operations Director,
Glassbond (NW) Ltd


Magnetic Separation in the Ceramics Industry

12.30 - 12.55

An overview of the physical purification options for ceramic materials will be outlined before current magnetic separation technology will be reviewed for the processing of both ceramic powders and ceramic slips / glazes. The key process separation variables that influence separator selection will be discussed and related to the design and operation of magnetic separators for individual mineral applications. Examples of typical machine capacities and separation efficiency will also be given.

Neil Rowson,
Emeritus Professor,
Bunting Magnetics Europe



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