International Clay Technology Association launched
The International Clay Technology Association (ICTa) celebrated its official launch on 3 February in Nottingham. ICTa is a new group formed within the Institute's Ceramics Division (now renamed the Ceramics and Building Division) as part of the process of effecting the merger of the Institute of Clay Technology with IOM3. The ICTa launch preceded the annual dinner for the former ICT's Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire branch members.
Key representatives from the two Institutes offered their appreciation of the benefits of the merger, the opportunities the new association provides and the challenges for the future. The speakers were Granville Bull, Group Managing Director of Naylor Industries plc, Mike Driver, Chairman of ICTa, Kevin Farrell, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Dr Robert Quarshie of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Keith Shankland, Operations Director of Hanson Building Products. Other speakers included Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Werner A Reutter, Managing Director of Hans Lingl (UK) Ltd and Terry Watts, Chief Executive of Proskills.
The opening and closing remarks fittingly came from Rickinson and Driver. Both were keen to emphasise the potential for ICTa's international development as well as increased contact with, and training of, younger members, schools and students. They both recognised an opportunity to expand activities through a greater critical mass.
Notes for Editors
Following an internal debate that lasted for over 18 months, the Institute of Clay Technology (ICT) voted last October in favour of merging with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Initial talks between the two organisations began in 2003. ICT members eventually voted 2-to-1 in favour of the merger.
For more information, contact IOM3 Chief Executive Dr Bernie Rickinson, email Bernie.Rickinson@iom3.org.