“Production root technologies” refer to a collection of six production technologies that include casting, molding, forming, welding, heat treatment, and surface treatment. Production root technologies involve both materials and process technologies that are hidden behind products and do not frequently appear outward. However, they are fundamentally very important and greatly influence material performance. As functions of products become more complex and robust, importance of these production root technologies concurrently grows.

Production root technologies have an inherent interdisciplinary nature, inevitably including a broad spectrum of skills from starting materials to component manufacturing and module integration. As demand increases for sustainable energy, especially by employing novel materials, composites and functional (e.g., energy scavenging, storage, and saving) techniques, the interdisciplinary approach plays an even greater role. Therefore, this symposium will provide an opportunity for the world’s leading scientists and engineers from many fields to exchange ideas and to build new collaborations in the fields of production root technologies. Many successful stories and noteworthy examples of transforming dangerous, dirty, and difficult (3D) aspects of production root technologies into automatic, clean, and easy (ACE) form will also be recognized and shared.

Proposed sessions

  • Starting materials: mining, particles, bulk, and functional materials and precursors
  • Sustainable energy concepts and applications
  • Transitioning fundamentals to industry
  • Forming and shaping processes for advanced materials
  • Recycling and reuse processes
  • Coating processes for low friction and energy solutions
  • New concepts and emerging technologies for enhanced product performance
  • Industrial root technology based on KITECH and GIGAKU concept


  • Chisung Ahn, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Korea, cahn@kitech.re.kr
  • Tadachika Nakayama, Nagaoka University of Technology, nky15@vos.nagaokaut.ac.jp
  • Sungwook Mhin, Kyonggi University, Korea, swmhin@kgu.ac.kr
  • Giovani Ramirez, Bruker, USA
  • Kyoung Il Moon, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Korea
  • Jun Akedo, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
  • Byungkoog Jang, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Kouichi Yasuda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Hyuksu Han, Konkuk University, Korea