Clay Technology October 2018

Hello from the revamped Clay Technology team.

This has been the first issue for myself and new staff writer Idha Valeur, and we’re looking forward to meeting many of you at the upcoming ClayTech 2018 conference, to be held in Newark, UK. For a first look at this year’s schedule and the confirmed exhibitors, turn to page 15 – and don’t forget to book your place.

But back to this issue, in news we report on geopolymer concrete research that could break the monopoly of Portland cement, discover how the European Space Agency is investigating the use of moon dust to make lunar habitats, examine Vietnam’s mission to promote non-fired bricks, and uncover the reasons behind the nation-wide skills shortages in the construction industry.

While in features, we’re looking to the future, in terms of automation, AI and skills, as well as key events to put in your calendar. We speak to industry leaders about Industry 4.0, or 4IR if you prefer, to find out about the future of manufacturing, we take a look at the hidden threat of modern slavery for imported bricks, hear from brick technology supplier Capaccioli, and roundup the innovation category of the 2018 Brick Awards.

We hope you enjoy it.

 

Ceri Jones, Editor

News this issue:

Geopolymers target Portland cement monopoly

Economic digest

Vietnam builds future on raw bricks

The skills gap in London and Manchester

Graduate designs region-specific bricks with human hair

Building with moon dust