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

Production root technologies have an inherent interdisciplinary nature, inevitably including a broad spectrum of skills from starting materials all the way up to component manufacturing and module integration. As demand increases for sustainable energy, especially by employing novel materials, composites, and/or functional (e.g., energy scavenging, storage, and saving) techniques, the interdisciplinary approach plays an even greater role. Therefore, this symposium is designed to provide an opportunity 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 also will be recognized and shared.

 Proposed Session Topics

  • 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
  • Sungwook Mhin, Kyonggi University, Korea, swmhin@kgu.ac.kr
  • Tadachika Nakayama, Nagaoka University of Technology, nky15@vos.nagaokaut.ac.jp
  • Kyoung Il Moon, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Korea
  • Giovani Ramirez, Bruker, USA
  • 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