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CLS 2011 Business of Ceramics

Ceramic Leadership Summit 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Business of Ceramics

8:30 to 9:25 a.m.

Emerging Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Applications, Industry Trends and Current and Future Markets

Speaker: Tom Abraham, President, Innovative Research and Products, Inc.


With large-scale current and potential use of nanostructured materials (and nanotubes) in applications such as chemical mechanical polishing (CMP), magnetic recording and ferrofluids, sunscreens, catalysts, biodetection/labeling, packaging, drug delivery, cancer treatment, imaging, conductive coatings, optical fibers, FEDs, chips and nanocomposites, the nanotechnology industry is taking off with commercial markets. This presentation provides an overview of the markets for nanomaterials (including ceramic nanomaterials) and nanotechnology segments such as nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetics, nanopatterning and lithography, nanomedicine, and nano-enabled packaging, energy generation and storage devices.

9:30 to 10:25 a.m.

Raw Materials Trends Impacting the Ceramics and Glass Community

Speaker: Mark Patterson, Director Research Initiatives, College of Engineering, University of Arizona


We currently live in a technologically rich culture where the existence and operation of reliable infrastructure and devices is for the most part, taken for granted. With what might be considered as the reluctant acceptance of climate change and the effect our species is having on our own environment, society has become aware of the need for sustainable solutions to the choices we make and the industries we support. Many raw materials necessary to support our critical technologies are imported and so there exists a risk as to their long term supply and availability. Current initiatives to ensure supply chain security and how technology might better be used to deliver a sustainable tomorrow will be discussed.

10:45 to 11:40 a.m.

Raw Material Scarcity and its Impact on the U.S. Advanced Ceramic Technological Development, An Industrial Perspective
Speaker: Michael D. Hill, Technical Director Research and Development, Trans-Tech, Inc.


Raw material considerations play a considerable role in the
engineering activities of many US corporations manufacturing ceramic
products. Such considerations play a central role in the technology
development roadmaps and how they are implemented. The impact of
current raw materials scarcity issues such as that of indium and the
rare earth elements are central considerations for a number of advanced
technology applications. Data will be presented which can serve as a
predictive model for the supply and demand for various raw materials in
the 5-30 year time frame. Various approaches taken by industries and
governments around the world to address these issues will be reviewed.
Finally, pro-active strategies will be discussed on handling scarcity
issues with an emphasis on aligning research and development activities
to address current and potential future issues involving the supply of
critical raw materials.

1:00 to 2:55 p.m.

Business Valuation

Speaker: Allen Oppenheimer, President, A. M. Oppenheimer, Inc.


This two part session will provide a step-by-step process to value a business and how to increase the future value of the business. Business owners will get practical tools and learn how to package their business to make it attractive to a buyer; how to maximize the future potential of the business; how to increase sales through Marketing/Market Research; organizational planning; how to substantiate goodwill; and much, much more! In addition, the step-by-step process will cover practical aspects of the sale-of-business process; how to transfer a business to family and employees using an ESOP; how to target and attract suitable buyers; how to negotiate an increase in price on the basis of favorable deal structuring; practical examples on the sale-of-business process and much more.



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