Clay Technology May 2020

Amid the difficult times we currently face, there’s also pride and gratitude for those that we so easily take for granted, be it our healthcare workers, teachers, supermarket staff, food delivery drivers, refuse collectors, foodbank volunteers, and so the list goes on. 

And of course, we must not forget our very own STEM community. The shear contribution of IOM3 members as part of the wider industry and researcher response to COVID-19 is by no means surprising, but justly reinforces the value of materials and minerals to our daily lives and in the most critical of situations.

We know there have been many challenges for companies in this sector right across the supply chain and, where necessary, employees have been furloughed to retain skills and expertise. Through this period, Clay Technology is aware that several organisations are using this time to encourage an uptake of professional qualifications. We speak to representatives of the industry to find out more about the specific impact and how the sector is responding (see pages 4-7).

I return to the Clay Technology fold as Editor, having worked on the magazine many years ago – I never imagined it would be under these circumstances. As a team, we had to switch gears to bring you this issue while working remotely. I know this collaborative approach is being seen across the board in organisations everywhere. Now, more than ever, it’s time to pull together, putting each other’s health and wellbeing first. The Institute has closed its offices and postponed many of its events. Rest assured though, that we remain committed to providing the best possible service to our members and can still be contacted on the phone or by email. We also bring you the COVID-19 Content Hub, providing you with updates, online content and valuable member information at this critical time. Please check our website for regular updates. 

I hope you enjoy this issue. Wishing you all well.

Rupal Mehta, Editor

News this issue:

How steel slag can strengthen concrete

Activated clay to make its mark on cement production

Clay coating enhances antifouling in membranes

Circular economy to boost UK manufacturing

Coronavirus - working through the pandemic

Brick façade in King's Cross with a nod to railway stations