• Q&A with Mark Watters from The BidBase

    Idha Valeur talks to Mark Watters, Managing Director of The BidBase, about bid writing, common mistakes, how to avoid them and what makes a good bid writer.
  • Pitching for research funding

    Securing funding for research is a job in itself – it requires research. Where to go for help? How to write the application? And how do you make the most of the opportunity and avoid the pitfalls? Idha Valeur explores how best to navigate the funding jungle.
  • Tacking on technology in construction

    Housebuilding in the UK is continuously falling short of the government’s ambitious targets, and companies are turning to new technologies and techniques to improve the situation, while maintaining standards of quality and living. From speeding up production to creating a better environment, Clay Technology takes a look at some of the ways the industry is improving construction.
  • Climate change and COP26 – what the brick has to do with it?

    COP26 is the next global conference on climate change, where 196 states will meet in Glasgow, UK, early in November 2020 to make key decisions to safeguard the planet. Cleia President, Philippe Penillard, discusses.
  • Q&A with Sharon Harris from Forterra

    Forterra Plant Manager at the aircrete block production facility in Hams Hill, Coleshill, UK, Sharon Harris, speaks to Idha Valeur about her career in construction. Appointed to the position in July 2018, making her the company’s first female plant manager, Harris is responsible for overseeing the production of construction products including Thermalite aircrete blocks.
  • The benefits of ongoing skills support and training

    Technical workshops made their debut at the 2019 ClayTech event. Among the displays of automated brickmaking systems, binding materials and testing equipment, participants were able to take advantage of a series of educational sessions for the first time. Here, we take a look at the benefits of ongoing skills support and the history of the associations’ commitment to training.
  • Engineers Without Borders 2018 design challenge winners

    The Engineers Without Borders annual competition helps link students with disadvantaged communities to run projects that improve living standards.
  • Mining Report: Safety is paramount in Western Australian mining

    Policies in Australia’s largest state aim to minimise personal risk in its mining operations.
  • Q&A with Mary Lawson

    Former Institute of Clay Technology (ICT) Scottish branch President, Mary Lawson FIMMM, talks about her career.

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