Cleveland hosted the second annual Ceramics Expo last month, and our own Gian Genovesi and Bill Onion were in attendance. The expo is a commercial tradeshow for any and all raw materials, equipment, machinery, and technology used in the ceramics manufacturing industry.
Ceramics Expo is an opportunity for ceramics engineers, manufacturing companies, and executives to source products, stay up to date on the industry, and network with other ceramics experts.
“Anybody who is a ceramics engineer or works in the ceramics industry would love it, they would be like a kid in a candy store,” said Bill Onion, Managing Director of Briteskies. “It’s a great opportunity to learn what’s available and get some education on the industry.”
The expo showcase ran side-by-side with educational conferences, allowing attendees to jump from informational sessions right back to the show floor.
“There were some very technical speakers that we saw, and the sessions seemed to be very educational,” said Gian Genovesi, eCommerce Account Manager at Briteskies. While the sessions may have been helpful for some of the attendees, we’ll admit that some of it went over our heads.
“I saw some presentations where I didn’t even know what they were talking about,” said Bill. “It was like a bunch of scientists showing off what they’re making for the ceramics industry.”
All of that technical talk has paid off, though. In only its second year, Ceramics Expo boasted over 280 exhibitors as well as more than 3,000 registered attendees, with more visitors from outside the US than at last year’s event.
While Ceramics Expo is obviously a great event for those in the ceramics industry, it is also a big deal for Cleveland. The event is the first of it’s kind in North America, and the decision to hold it in Cleveland comes from the fact that Ohio is the home of the American Ceramic Society.
Additionally, as the ceramics industry makes advancements, it has become clear that the Greater Cleveland area “is home to much of the ground-breaking work that underpins all the advancement we’re seeing.”
As a member of the Cleveland business community, we were happy to see so many states and countries represented at the expo. “There were people [in attendance] from all over the country and all over the world, and the fact that it was here in Cleveland was pretty cool,” said Bill.
If you are a technical leader, production director, engineer, or project leader in ceramics and are interested in attending Ceramics Expo here in Cleveland next year, mark your calendar for April 25-27, 2017.