NAEC Stoneleigh, 8th and 9th July 2020



Wednesday 10th July - Stage C1 - Plenary Sessions
Wednesday 10th July - Stage C2 - Ceramic Innovation


UK Ceramics Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges

9.30 - 10.30

Dr Andy Wynn,
Managing Director,
TTIP Consulting

Laura Cohen,
Chief Executive,
British Ceramic Confederation

Tony Kinsella,
Chief Executive,

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


Accelerating Clean Growth in Ceramics

10:45 - 11:10

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


Maximising customer engagement - a vital part of project success

11.15 - 11.40

Rodrigo Gonzales,
International Sales Director,
Nutec Bickley


The Faraday Battery Challenge – Challenges and Solutions

10:45 - 11:45

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


Ceramics Mixing Revolutionised

11.45 - 12.10

Andrew DePadey,
Sales Engineer,
Resodyn Europe


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

11:45 - 12:10

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.

Dr Michael Badding,
Senior Research Associate,


New horizons in Sintering Technologies

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

12:15 - 12:45

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 - Technical Ceramics

15:00 - 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

Hanifeh Zarezadeh,
3D Application Manager,
Photocentric Ltd

Isabel Potestio,
Business Developer,
Lithoz GmbH

Dror Danai,

Guillaume de Calan,


So what have we made? A testing overview

14:00 - 14:25

Ceramics are used to fulfil an extremely broad range of requirements across a spectrum of industries from our table tops to some of the most performance critical and regulatory driven applications.  Clearly, the need for and range of compliance testing is equally diverse.

The talk will look across a spectrum of material types and examples to show how testing requirements can be built up as a sequence of steps to characterise ceramics and their performance.  We will cover chemical and mineralogical analysis, physical properties, microstructures and performance characterisation.  The aim is to understand materials, assess their fitness for use and understand if they are as good as they could be.

Richard White,
Principal Consultant, Materials,


Engineered Ceramics from nanoparticles to finished goods

14:30 - 14:55

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


ACerS UK chapter UK Ceramic Talent – Latest Developments

15:00 - 16:30

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,
UK Chapter of the American Ceramic Society,

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 - 11.45

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

Isabel Potestio,
Business Developer,
Lithoz GmbH

Karin Hajek,
Head of Sales,

Walter Kuhn,
Head of Sales,
Maxon Ceramics/DE

Arnaud Roux,
Sales Manager,
3D Ceram


Bringing together Industry and Academia. Challenges and Opportunities

9:30 - 10:25

“A series of collaborative R&D adventures”


Ben Walsh, Interim Deputy Director for Transforming Foundation Industries at Innovate UK, Andrew McDermott, Technical Director of the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) and Chair of the Ceramic Society of the Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining (IOM3), Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Advanced Materials at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Eugenio Zapata-Solvas, Chair of the UK Chapter of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), are teaming up to facilitate a session discussion around collaborative R&D; challenges & opportunities.

The aim of this session is to highlight how collaboration between academia and industry can solve real world problems, making businesses more competitive in a demanding commercial environment. The session will look at how to overcome the barriers preventing industry and academia talking to each other.  The session will discuss how to develop successful collaborative research projects, the barriers and where government funding and agencies can support your research. This panel session will focus on:

  • Why industry and academia should collaborate
  • Discussing how to develop partnerships
  • Examples of successful collaboration
  • Potential pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Where to go for funding.

Innovate UK is UK’s Innovation Agency, part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

KTN is Innovate UK\'s network partner and also provides innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth.

BCC is the trade association for all sectors of the UK ceramic manufacturing industry

The Ceramics Society is a division of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining IOM3 a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle

The UK Chapter of The American Ceramic Society serves ACerS members in the UK for the purpose of promoting the arts and sciences connected with ceramics and glass science and engineering.

Eugenio Zapata-Solvas,
UK Chapter of the American Ceramic Society,

Andrew McDermott,
Technical Director,
British Ceramic Confederation

Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera,
Transfer Manager for Advanced Materials,
Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

Ben Walsh,
Innovation Lead - Advanced Materials,
Innovate UK


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,


Pulsation Reactor – Pushing the Limits of Particle Synthesis

11.50 - 12.15

The pulsation reactor is a technology for producing fine powders. This technology can be characterized as a thermal shock treatment. A pulsation reactor is a periodically unsteady flame reactor in which gas-borne substances can be thermally treated at retention times between 0.2 and 2 seconds. Due to the pulsation of the hot gas flow, the axial velocity field is even more similar to a plug-flow than a turbulent flow without pulsation. This leads to a very narrow residence time distribution, which ensures a very homogeneous treatment of the reactant. Additionally, the pulsating hot gas flow causes an increased convective heat and mass transfer to and from the particles. In order to investigate the impact of the process conditions in the pulsation reactor on the resulting material properties three different materials have been synthesized: aluminum oxide, cerium dioxide and iron oxide. The results show that IBU-tec’s pulsation reactor technology enables specific control of the size and surface properties of metal oxide particles. The properties of the materials generated in pulsation reactors are significantly different from materials generated in conventional kilns such as rotary kiln or muffle furnace. In pulsation reactors also metastable phases can be produced.

Robert Suesse,
Group Senior Vice President 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


360 Approach to Funding Innovation

12.20 - 12.45

This 20 – 25 minute workshop, delivered by TBAT Innovation Director, Sam Stephens, will highlight the key sources of funding available to companies to help them to innovate and grow.

Sam Stephens,
TBAT Innovation 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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