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Smart materials make smartphones: How ceramics and glass contribute to the $479B smartphone market

In this issue we look at the growth of the 10-year-old smartphone market and the role ceramics and glass play in this $479 billion industry.

Also, organizers of Ceramics Expo provide a peek into the show's new format for 2019.

ACerS executive director Charlie Spahr retires at the end of 2018. In this candid interview, Spahr reflects on his career and especially his role in advancing the Society in several areas.

Finally, if you're responsible for purchasing at your company, check out our annual ceramicSource reference and buyer’s resource directory. You'll find a directory of products and services as well as an alphabetical listing of companies providing the products and services you're looking for.

Table of Contents

Feature Articles


Smart materials make smartphones: How ceramics and glass contribute to the $479B smartphone market

April Gocha
The smartphone revolution, which began just over a decade ago, could only happen because of advanced ceramics and glasses. Demand for new functionality in smartphones drives constant
materials innovation for better, faster, and smaller devices.

Ceramics Expo introduces focused new format for 2019

The organizers of Ceramics Expo, Smarter Shows, announce a two-day event format for attendees at next year’s event with added commercial, educational, and networking opportunities.

ceramicSOURCE 2019

Our annual reference and buyer’s guide and directory



Electronic Materials and Applications 2019 (EMA 2019) highlights


43rd International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites




ACerS Spotlight




Letters to the Editor


Charlie Spahr, ACerS executive director, to retire at year end

Eileen De Guire

Deciphering the Discipline

Jennifer Zheng

Transparent ceramics, LEDS, shipyards, and pagodas: Difference in technology and culture





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