Indium Corporation’s Experts to Present at SVC TechCon


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Two of Indium Corporation’s experts will share their insights at SVC TechCon 2020, April 18-23, 2020, in Chicago, Ill., USA.

Indium is viewed as a critical metal for the indium-tin oxide (ITO) market and other coating applications. In her presentation, "Indium Metal: Supply and Demand Overview," Donna Vareha-Walsh, Director of Sales and Global Supply Chain and Trade Compliance, will discuss the plentiful global supply of indium and its recycling loop. She will also examine indium’s history of price volatility and the market reactions from the recent Fanya Metal Exchange auction. She will also include an overview of indium supply and demand drivers, as well as the impact of recycling efforts.

Dr. Robert Ploessl, Manager of Marketing and Technology Assessment and Product Manager, Compounds, will provide an overview of the products and services that Indium Corporation provides, with a focus on the vacuum coating industry. Indium Corporation’s solutions for the coating industry include metal shot for evaporation applications, indium, and gallium for the manufacture of indium-tin oxide (ITO) and indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) sputter targets, as well as sputter targets for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar cells.

Vareha-Walsh is Director of Sales for Indium Corporation’s Metals, Compounds, Solar, and Recycling business unit. She also leads the Supply Chain and Trade Compliance functions. She is responsible for the sourcing and sales of critical raw materials, such as indium, gallium, germanium, tin, and silver for Indium Corporation’s manufacturing operations, as well as the trading and reclaim business. Vareha-Walsh has more than 15 years of metals market experience from numerous roles and responsibilities, including Director of Global Procurement for a global premium alloy company and Director of Metallurgical Operations and Procurement for a global tungsten based business. Additional experience includes finance responsibilities as a Business Unit Controller, sales expertise as Director of Sales and a New Business Development Manager, and participation in the metals recycling and scrap/reclaim markets. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holds certificates in leadership development and manufacturing excellence, and has a Lean Green Belt. She also is on the Board of Directors of the MMTA, a global minor metals trade association.

Dr. Ploessl is Manager of Marketing and Technology Assessment and Product Manager for Indium Corporation's indium (In), germanium (Ge), gallium (Ga), and tin (Sn) compounds. He provides product support to customers around the globe across a wide range of high-tech industries.

Robert joined the company in 2010. He has an MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Regensburg in Germany. For his Ph.D. he investigated magnetic materials for data storage applications.

After his MBA, Robert worked at Corning Incorporated in several roles that included product line management, corporate venture capital investing, and technology assessment. He also worked at Siemens as an engineer on silicon process technology, mainly on DRAM integrated circuits.

Indium Corporation is a premier materials manufacturer and supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin-film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and NanoFoil®. Founded in 1934, the company has global technical support and factories located in China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

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