• Retrofit for the Future - Project Brokering Workshops

    On 28th January 2009 the Prime Minister and Lord Drayson announced Retrofit for the Future, £10 million of funding from the Technology Strategy Board to address the challenge of housing refurbishment, as detailed in the Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy. A series of free brokerage events are being held in the coming months with the aim of putting consortia together to bid for these funds.
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    Call for support for construction Diploma

    Clay Technology magazine
    Co-ordinators of the UK’s Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment are seeking more companies to take part. The qualification focuses on three themes – design, creation of the built environment, and value in use – and includes 10 days’ work experience in industry, as well as specialist units.
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    Tiles from waste glass

    Clay Technology magazine
    Researchers in Italy have developed ceramic tiles that use difficult to recycle waste glass in place of feldspar minerals. This creates a product that can be fired at lower temperatures while providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of the glass.
  • Petition the Prime Minister to Get Britain Building

    International Clay Technology Association
    Martin Clarke of British Precast Concrete Federation has submitted a petition to the Prime Minister on the No. 10 Downing Street Website to Get Britain Building.
  • Helping lean production

    Clay Technology magazine
    A UK Productivity and Competitiveness (PAC) programme to help small companies develop an approach to lean manufacturing has been launched by the UK Manufacturing Skills Alliance.
  • Head of the British Ceramic Confederation talks transferable skills

    Materials World magazine
    Gary Price talks to Dr Laura Cohen, the new Chief Executive Designate of the British Ceramic Confederation, about the challenges that lie ahead for the industry and the importance of transferable skills.
  • Increasing glass content in bricks

    Clay Technology magazine
    A brick containing 97% recycled glass has improved energy efficiency compared to clay bricks, claims UK firm Geofusion, based in Worcester. The geobrick is produced from a combination of container glass and cathode ray tube panel glass.
  • Tough times for the brick industry

    Clay Technology magazine
    The housing crunch and international banking crisis have had a devastating effect on the UK brick industry, which has seen plants close, production reduced, and companies go into administration. Meagan Ellis reports
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    Better barrier properties for biodegradable films

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Ultrasonic application of clay nanoparticles to biodegradable films could enhance their barrier properties, according to US spray technology company Sono-Tek. The technique prolongs the shelf life of food and pharmaceuticals and offers the packaging industry more accurate and economical treatment.
  • Inspecting textured tiles

    Clay Technology magazine
    Researchers at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK, have developed an online dynamic photometric stereo system for 3D inspection of fast moving, difficult to analyse surfaces, such as glazed or textured ceramic tiles.