Low–porosity ceramic tiles

Clay Technology magazine
Improved stain resistance in polished ceramic tiles may now be possible, according to researchers at the Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio in Spain. They have introduced an organic fugitive phase during liquid sintering of green tiles to achieve reduced porosity volume with various pore sizes.
A demonstration model of the supply chain

Linking the supply chain

Clay Technology magazine
Software that may help manufacturers and product designers reduce the costs and CO2 emissions associated with transporting and storing goods across all sectors is said to have been used for the first time by a major UK retailer on beverage packaging.

Institute Fellow becomes CEO of TWI

Christoph Wiesner FIMMM has become Chief Executive of TWI.

Cuts to Chinese rare earth exports

2010 will see a 40% cut in export quotas for rare earth metals from China, reports a Chinese newspaper.

Maney Editor wins Royal Society Award

Professor Philip Withers of The University of Manchester has received the Royal Society’s 2010 Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Prize for his work on neutron and hard x-ray beams. Professor Withers is the UK Editor of the Institute’s journal International Materials Reviews , and an Associate Editor of Materials Science and Technology .