The organisers of the ceramitec conference, a new addition to the ceramitec series, have reported a successful first edition for the event, which saw more than 200 participants from twenty-one countries in attendance in Munich, Germany, from September 19–20, 2019. Organised by Messe München, the two-day conference focused on new industrial use opportunities for ceramic and ceramic Additive Manufacturing processes, as well as Powder Metallurgy, with key speakers from academia and industry on the programme.
The speakers discussed how the use of ceramic can help to solve a range of future challenges in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, manufacturing and health sectors. The programme was divided into two conference tracks, ‘Shape the Future’, an AM-focused track and a continuation of the AM Ceramics conference series previously held in Vienna and Nuremberg, and ‘Industrial Applications’, examining new uses for high-performance ceramics in industry.
Johannes Homa, CEO of Lithoz GmbH, commented on the inclusion , “Additive Manufacturing has now definitely found its place in ceramic production as more and more companies are recognising the potential of this process. AM Ceramics integrated into the ceramitec conference offered an ideal platform to present the extensive range of application opportunities and their benefits.”
AM was also prominent on the ‘Industrial Applications’ track. Dr Jürgen Blumm, Managing Director of Netzsch Gerätebau GmbH and Chairman of the Advisory Board of ceramitec, explained, “Digitisation and Additive Manufacturing in particular are increasingly finding their way into the production of ceramic materials. This will open up completely new applications and, in this regard, the ceramitec conference has provided an impressive overview.”
Gerhard Gerritzen, Board Member of Messe München, commented, “Ceramic can now offer attractive opportunities for more and more applications and sectors. But this is still frequently unknown. To improve access to solutions using ceramic for new user sectors in particular, we wanted to give the material an additional forum alongside our trade fairs.”