ACerS Manufacturing Division
|Mission statement and Strategic Plan|
Our Mission: The Manufacturing Division of the American Ceramic Society is dedicated to addressing the needs of the ceramics manufacturing industry and to support the production of all ceramic components and products. Our membership includes ceramic component and product manufacturers, raw material suppliers, producers of forming, kilns, furnaces, and finishing equipment, quality control instrumentation, and all other devices used in the production of ceramics. The Manufacturing Division will strive to provide quality technical programming for industrial participants, promote the recruitment and hiring of ceramic engineers into ceramic manufacturing companies, develop short courses and workshops to facilitate the education of industrial personnel in the field of ceramics, and provide support for the manufacturers and suppliers of ceramic materials.
The Division recently completed a comprehensive strategic planning process that included the formation of three committees: programming; communications; and organizational growth. Review the final strategic plan here.
ACerS has formed a new Manufacturing Division to address the needs of members and prospective members worldwide who work in the ceramics and glass manufacturing industry and its supply chain. Forming this new Division, plus partnering to launch Ceramics Expo (April 28-30, 2015 in Cleveland, OH), are two major ACerS strategic initiatives designed to bring together and meet the needs of the ceramics and glass manufacturing community.
Bill Carty, Alfred University, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new division. Carty proposed the new division so that manufacturing companies and their employees have a more defined division within the Society to call their home. He and several supportive members from industry began by developing a plan for transforming the inactive Whitewares and Materials Division (WMD) into a new Manufacturing Division (MD), a proposal that the Board of Directors has endorsed.
The new Division will address the information needs of the ceramic and glass manufacturing industry including manufacturers, raw material suppliers, producers of forming and finishing equipment, kilns, furnaces, quality control instrumentation, and all other devices used to manufacture ceramic and glass products. Although the new Manufacturing Division will encompass the former Whitewares and Materials Division, its focus will be on meeting the much broader needs of today’s manufacturers who produce or use ceramic and glass materials, including the entire supply chain.
In addition to enhancing networking opportunities, the Manufacturing Division will address new manufacturing processes and techniques, sustainability, and business and environmental issues. Further, the division plans to provide quality technical information through meeting programming and technical content in ACerS publications. The Division will also develop short courses and workshops to educate industrial personnel in the field of ceramics, and promote recruitment and hiring of engineers into ceramic and glass manufacturing companies.
Carty says “bringing ceramic and glass manufacturing back into the spotlight has been a strategic goal of the Society for a long time. And launching it at the new Ceramics Expo in April was perfect timing since the audience there is primarily from industry. We look forward to pairing the Division and the Expo together for a long time and helping them both grow in size and influence in the ceramics and glass manufacturing community.”
ACerS president Kathleen Richardson echoes Carty’s comments and adds “I see the new Division as a much needed bridge between academia and industry and as a way that the two communities can engage. As both an academic and a business entrepreneur, I see many opportunities for interaction and I encourage all members to get involved in the Manufacturing Division.” Members of WMD voted on the new name and mission and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the change. Members of WMD will automatically become members of MD.
A new slate of officers was also elected during the vote: Chair: William Carty, Alfred University Chair-Elect: Nik Ninos, Calix Ceramic Solutions Vice-Chair: Ed Reeves, Reeves Consulting Secretary: Keith DeCarlo, Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc. Final Board approval took place on March 25, 2015. The Manufacturing Division executive committee will hold an initial planning meeting at Ceramics Expo in Cleveland on April 29, 2015, and then will kick things off by hosting a small lunch with industry representatives.
Join for free and get involved! Become a member of the Manufacturing Division at no charge for one year and help set the direction during this important inaugural year. Contact Marcia Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-794-5821 to join.
April 24 – 26, 2016
Cleveland, OH USA
April 26 – 28, 2016
June 26 – July 1, 2016
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel | Toronto, Ontario Canada
August 21 – 26, 2016
Chair: William Carty | Alfred University
Chair-Elect: Nik Ninos | Calix Ceramic Solutions
Vice Chair: Ed Reeves | Reeves Consulting
Secretary: Keith DeCarlo | Blasch Precision Ceramics, Inc.
Manufacturing Division Strategic Plan: November 2015