Q&A with Raymond Pietersen

Exhibition Manager at Ceramics Expo

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Ceramics Expo is scheduled to take place at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, August 29-31. Exhibition Manager Raymond Pietersen recently talked with Thermal Processing about what attendees and exhibitors can expect from the show.

What about Ceramics Expo makes it a must-see event for people who work in the ceramics industry?

Ceramics Expo is an internationally recognized event that brings together the entire ceramics industry, showcasing the latest in industrial applications, new technologies, and a strong focus on material research and development.

For anyone who works in the industry, this event provides the excellent platform to learn about the latest industry trends, network with like-minded peers, and do business with key decision makers.

As a free-to-attend event, visitors have full access to our exhibition hall and conference sessions throughout the two days of the show.

What can attendees expect in the way of presenters?

The conference at Ceramics Expo features a first-class lineup of speakers from across the supply chain. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming a selection of really exciting speakers back to Cleveland after the success of the 2021 show, including representatives from companies such as Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, Kyocera, Morgan Advanced Materials, and many more.

When it comes to developing the program, we pride ourselves in featuring topics and themes that are driving the industry. This year, we will have a day dedicated to materials, manufacturing, and applications, with topics such as energy storage, ceramic matrix composites, and 3D printing. We’ve also got a day focusing on industry development, understanding the current and future market, looking at how to grow businesses, and collaborating for increased efficiency. It’s definitely one not to be missed.

If I were a first-time exhibitor, what should I expect to gain by attending the show?

Ceramics Expo offers exhibitors a platform to showcase their expertise and be seen at the No. 1 event for the technical ceramics industry. In addition to being part of our extensive marketing campaign throughout the year, exhibitors will also have access to key sponsorship and advertising opportunities to help position their products, increase their visibility, and enhance their profile at the show. 

Exhibitors will also be able to attend our invite-only VIP reception, which takes place ahead of the busy two-day exhibition. With complimentary drinks, canapes, and live music provided, this will be an opportunity for our exhibitors to do business and network with industry peers in a relaxed environment.

What methods will be available for attendees in order to network with their peers?

One of the key features at this year’s show is our dedicated B2B Matchmaking Service. This will give our attendees access to other visitor, speaker, and exhibitor profiles ahead of the conference. This platform will also allow both our visitors and exhibitors to schedule meetings in advance. This service will be available through our official mobile app, which visitors can download for free. They will also be able to view the event schedule, conference agenda, full exhibitors listings, product showcases, and speaker interviews.

Attendees will also have access to our technical conference sessions and roundtable discussions where they can meet and network with industry experts and speakers.

Are you having to implement any last-minute COVID regulations for attendees and exhibitors?

We will have strict COVID regulations in place to limit the transmission of COVID-19. We will also be circulating some safety information for both our attendees and exhibitors (most of which can be found here: www.ceramicsexpousa.com/covid-safety) and will be encouraging things like printing badges in advance to ensure few lines and smooth access for all attendees. We will also have an extensive cleaning schedule in place, as well as sanitizing and cleaning stations throughout the venue.

The venues themselves have installed many additional safety and cleaning measures — such as an updated HVAC system, self-cleaning surfaces, elevator air cleaning technology, and touchless restroom door openers.

What are you personally looking forward to at this year’s show?

Finally being able to meet with our corporate partners, exhibitors, speakers, and visitors for what should be an action-packed couple of days.

It’s also worth mentioning the drinks reception, which will take place at the end of Day 1 on Tuesday in the exhibition hall. Not to be missed!

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