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Speakers confirmed for Ceramic industry event

The speakers have been confirmed for a major event 'Reduce-Replace-Recycle' addressing the challenges of sustainable materials management in the ceramics industry

The British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) has joined forces with Lucideon and the Structural Ceramics Network to run the seminar, ‘Reduce-Replace-Recycle: Effective Material Resource Management in Ceramics.’

Exploring innovative ways of reducing the consumption of natural resources through effective material resource management, the all-day event takes place at Lucideon’s headquarters, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Tuesday, 14th April, 2015.

Speakers at the event will include Josh Fothergill, Policy & Engagement Lead at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), David Manley, Environment and Energy Manager at Hanson Building Products, and Louis Brimacombe of Tata Steel, who is Chair of the Sustainable Development Group at IOM3.

They will be among a panel of influential speakers from industry and academia at the event. Full details can be viewed at

The seminar is of interest to those working in all ceramics sectors including construction materials, technical ceramics, refractories and tableware.

It is also highly relevant to materials suppliers, other technology providers, academics and regulators.

The event builds on the success of the inaugural seminar organised by BCC, academics and the Knowledge Transfer Network at Lucideon last year, which tackled the subject of ceramic defects.

Dr Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “We are delighted to have such an influential panel of speakers for this year’s event.”

“The effective management of material resources provides significant environmental and economic benefits across all subsectors of the ceramics industry and this seminar brings together a wide-variety of ideas and concepts from across the industry.”

The seminar is free to attend, although places are limited.
To register attendance please contact Helen Clarke at

About The British Ceramic Confederation
The British Ceramic Confederation represents the collective interests of all sectors of the UK ceramic manufacturing industry. The British Ceramic Confederation safeguards the industry's prosperity, acting on its behalf in discussions and negotiations with government and public authorities. Its 100 member companies together comprise over 90% of the 

UK ceramic industry's manufacturing capacity. The wide range of products include:
• domestic and commercial tableware and giftware
• sanitaryware, wall and floor tiles
• bricks, clay roof tiles, clay pipes and land drains
• industrial ceramics and refractories
• material supplies for use in the industry

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