Over 170 exhibitors participated in the first show, 40 % more than originally anticipated, with over 20 % of the exhibitors coming from outside the USA. 2117 professionals (2020 from the US) mainly from the technical ceramics industry attended the free three-­day event, which included an expansive exhibit hall, presentations, product launches, keynote speakers, pan­el discussions and workshops, and more. Among the manufacturing giants in attendance were Boeing, Apple, Ford and Honda. Also in attendance were profession­ als from NASA’s Glenn Research Center; several schools of ceramics affiliated with major universities in the USA, includ­ing Case Western Reserve University in Rleveland; industry scientists, researchers and more. A two­-track conference programme featuring over 50 expert speakers from NASA, Morgan, Federal­-Mogul Powertrain, Boeing, Corning, GE Aviation and more discussed critical is­sues impacting advanced ceramics, composites and glass manufacturing and applications. The next fair will be held in Cleveland from 26–28 April 2016.

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