Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum Set for NANO Week

Forum will encourage collaborations between science and industry

Aug 18, 2005, 01:00 ET from Nano-Network

    CLEVELAND, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lorain County Manufacturing Council
 (LCMC) today announced it will host a forum October 20 to encourage
 collaboration between nanotechnology interests and manufacturers to develop
 more efficient ways to make products through applications of the small
 science. The Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum is one of a series of events
 scheduled for NANO Week, the five-day nanotechnology conference that first
 debuted in 2004. The LCMC forum will take place at the Spitzer Conference
 Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College (1005 North Abbe Road,
 Elyria, Ohio).
     "This forum presents an excellent learning opportunity for the
 manufacturer who wants to understand how nanotechnology applies to his own
 industry," said John Butkowski, president of the LCMC.
     The forum is directed to representatives of manufacturing companies,
 including those who hold senior technical positions; business executives;
 marketing and sales representatives; entrepreneurs; policy makers and economic
 development leaders. Those who attend will gain an understanding of
 nanotechnology, learn how to make product and process improvements, and
 generate new market opportunities.
     Speakers for the forum are invited executives from companies and
 organizations leading the commercialization of nanotechnology. Confirmed
 speakers at this time include: Alan Brown, Ph.D., Vice President Chief
 Technology Officer for CAMP, Inc.; David Jarus, R&D Manager for PolyOne
 Corporation; Frank Boron, President of BioPlastics, Inc.; Hassan Bodaghi,
 Director of Business Development for the Nordson Corporation and Lou Luedtke,
 President and CEO of the National Composite Center. Additional speakers will
 be announced a later date.
     "This forum will allow traditional manufacturing companies an opportunity
 to gain a competitive edge and learn how to incorporate nanotechnology into
 their manufacturing processes," said Chris Mather, executive director of the
 Nano-Network and associate director of NorTech. "Our goal is to facilitate
 interaction between nanotechnology developers and companies that want to
 improve their businesses through the use of nanotechnology."
     Registration for the event is as follows: $50 Non-Members,
 $40 Nano-Network and LCMC Members and $30 Faculty and College Students. The
 deadline for registration is October 10. For more information about
 sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Butkowski at (440) 366-4049.
     The LCMC is a non-profit organization focused on retaining and growing
 manufacturing in Lorain County. It serves as a vehicle to disseminate new
 manufacturing technologies, identify new products and services that will
 generate revenue, and expand manufacturing capabilities in the region. For
 more information about the Nanotechnology Manufacturers' Forum, please visit,
     The Nano-Network, a consortium of nanotechnology-minded scientists,
 entrepreneurs and supporting agencies in Northeast Ohio, and NorTech, the
 Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, which is leading the development of a
 technology-driven economy in Northeast Ohio are the driving forces behind NANO
 Week. For more information on NANO Week visit For more
 information on NorTech visit
     About the Lorain County Manufacturing Council
     The Lorain County Manufacturing Council is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit
 organization with a dedicated "manufacturing focus" to retain and grow the
 manufacturing sector and supporting businesses. The Council is made up of
 manufacturers, by manufacturers, for manufacturers.
     About the Nano-Network
     The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to
 improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization activities
 and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. More information
 about the Nano-Network is available at

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