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Ceramics seminar sets standard for industry

Industry leaders and top academics from the ceramics sector came together at a major event to address the challenge of sustainable materials management

The British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) and Lucideon brought together academics and ceramics specialists for the seminar, entitled ‘Reduce-Replace-Recycle: Effective Material Resource Management in Ceramics’, at Lucideon’s Stoke-on-Trent headquarters.

Featuring a host of influential speakers from industry and academia, the event gave a unique insight to the subject area and provided delegates with an opportunity to explore innovative ways of reducing the consumption of natural resources through effective material resource management.

It also built on the success of the inaugural seminar organised by the BCC, Lucideon 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: “This second event was an excellent opportunity to bring together ceramics manufacturers, academics and the Knowledge Transfer Network to share best practice, network and explore innovative ‘green’ approaches to resource management.

“The seminar was a win-win situation. It enabled the industry to continue to grow its understanding of ‘structure-property relationships’ by meeting academics with ceramics expertise, while academics benefited from exposure to contemporary ceramic industry issues.”

Following the success of ‘Reduce-Replace-Recycle: Effective Material Resource Management in Ceramics’, the BCC and Lucideon plan to host an annual event bringing together academics working on ceramics issues and manufacturers to share best practice and explore innovative solutions to industry issues.

Picture caption: Pictured at the British Ceramic Confederation’s ‘Reduce-Replace-Recycle’ seminar are (left to right) Malcolm Harold of the Knowledge Transfer Network, Lauren Darby of the British Ceramic Confederation, Dr. Louis Brimacombe of TATA Steel, Dr. Laura Cohen chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Josh Fothergill of IEMA, Prof. Julie Yeomans of Surrey University, Andrew Frost of Mantec Group, David Manley of Hanson Building Products, Martin Arthur of Mantec Group, Prof. Ian Reaney of Sheffield University, Prof. Robert Dorey of Surrey University and Dr. Andrew Smith of Lucideon Limited.

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 and clay pipes
• industrial ceramics and refractories
• material supplies for use in the industry

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