Clay Technology May 2019

Sustainability is top of our list as we open the second issue of the year. The clay industry is often lumbered with a reputation as a heavy carbon emitter, being both technologically conservative and energy-hungry, but this means there is a great deal of room to adapt and advance, reaping financial rewards along the way. Progress is filtering through the sectors, and is largely coming from the push for a greater focus on demonstrably eco-friendly approaches and lower costs. To this end, firms are assessing the whole lifecycles of their products, from usage of raw materials and power resources to the packaging and distribution of goods.

Technology is assisting the transition to leaner operations and improved profitability, with a shift to Industry 4.0 practices. On page 20 we look at steps to increase the sustainability of brickmaking across the supply chain, from the clay mix to firing and packaging.

We also find out what the UK can learn from the Australian market, with a look at the choices being made in materials and building design that support more efficient heating management, on page 17. Plus, we examine the impact of the government’s proposed low-to-zero tariffs on the ceramics sector, get insight from Keller on the future of brick manufacturing, and speak to drainage specialist, Naylor, about the benefits of choosing heavy clay pipes over modern plastics varieties.

If you have any topics you would like to see covered in the next Clay Technology magazine or have a project you want to talk about, please get in touch with us to be featured in the autumn issue. Enjoy!

 

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

An insight into a zero-tariff ceramic industry

Volcanic ash tiles

Reversing the VAT charge

Concreteberg

The Ceramic Alliance

Event report: Student speech contest

To coin a phase

Remediating ACM cladding