BREXIT READINESS: No deal guidance pack

The British Ceramic Confederation has prepared a Brexit Readiness pack, providing high-level guidance on the implications of a no-deal exit from the EU.

It bring together a collection of information and resources from external sources, including published material from the UK Government, EU and other organisations.

Follow the link below to download your copy.

https://www.ceramfed.co.uk/key-topics/brexit/

PRESS RELEASE: Cautious welcome from Confederation for the Brexit deal

The British Ceramic Confederation has cautiously welcomed the progress on a deal and re-emphasised calls to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation: “We welcome that a deal has been struck and hope this means that a no deal Brexit can’t happen on 31st October.

“Our focus now is whether it can obtain support in parliament and what the detail means for our members.

“Our members need frictionless and tariff free trade, ideally with regulatory alignment with the EU, their largest export market.

“We have serious concerns about government’s approach here for the future EU relationship, particularly as this deal may now need to be agreed in just 14 months.”

Notes to editors

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.

 

For further information please contact: 

Ciara Jagger, Communications Manager, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.

Tel:  01782 572851 M: 07535 084055 or 07827358613

E-mail:  ciaraj@ceramfed.co.uk  or laurac@ceramfed.co.uk

www.ceramfed.co.uk

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Ceramic sector calls for joined-up thinking on net-zero

CERAMIC manufacturers, eager to play their part in contributing to the net-zero challenge, are calling for a joined-up approach.

Government’s response to recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) on decarbonisation is an opportunity for a stronger partnership with energy-intensive industries.

British Ceramic Confederation Chief Executive, Laura Cohen, said: “Industry accounts for around a quarter of UK emissions, and in energy intensive sectors like ceramic manufacturing there are big changes to be made.

“Many technical ceramics and refractories contribute to the energy efficiency of other sectors and are solution providers for low carbon energy generation and electricity distribution.

“And our construction products manufacturers are creating extremely durable bricks and tiles with unrivalled longevity and versatility. They have low carbon emissions over their lifetimes and are a leading, sustainable construction product.

“But the very specific needs of our industry must be understood. Production processes are based on high temperature and continuous firing.

“More Government funding is needed to accelerate the roll out of proven technologies and the development of innovations to secure the future of our sector in the UK, and prevent exporting jobs and importing emissions.”

In a recent comprehensive spending review submission to Government, the confederation highlighted ‘achieving net-zero’ as one of its four biggest challenges and called on Government to incentivise the adoption of energy and carbon-efficient technologies.

At present, Government has created a £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund for all industries to bid for, but this does not go far enough.

Dr Cohen added: “Ceramic manufacturers want to play their part, but the £315m, while welcome, is a tiny drop in the ocean. We need specific support such as a sector council, this is an approach adopted by Government for other energy intensive sectors.

“We recognise the need to scale up efforts in manufacturing, and we want to work with Government to take urgent action on climate change to transition to a low carbon future.”

Notes to editors

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.

 

For further information please contact: 

Ciara Jagger, Communications Manager, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.

Tel:  01782 572851
M: 07535 084055   Email:  ciaraj@ceramfed.co.uk    www.ceramfed.co.uk

PRESS RELEASE: Zero tariffs whitewash continues

Government’s announcement to introduce zero tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, is running roughshod over certain sections of British manufacturing.

The temporary tariff regime, updated today, comes following a year of campaigning and lobbying by the British Ceramic Confederation, to spell out to Government the threat this poses to jobs, businesses and communities. 

Some concessions were made in March, allowing wall and floor tiles and some tableware only that have anti-dumping measures in place to continue with their current level of import tariffs.

All other ceramic imports will have a zero tariff in a no-deal Brexit. There has still been no official consultation or assessment and industry leaders remain furious from the lack of engagement ahead of this devastating decision.

Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation said: “Zero tariffs could destroy many manufacturing sectors in Britain.”

The confederation has warned there are far-reaching consequences across the British economy impacting people’s jobs, businesses and communities.

Dr Cohen added: “Government says ‘they’ll see how it goes for a year’ and will run a consultation. In a no-deal Brexit there are going to be delays in monitoring import levels and the damage from a flood of imports could be done before we can prove an import surge. That just isn’t good enough!

“We need Government to put in place now for after Brexit a really fast track route to reinstate current tariffs where there is any hint that British manufacturing jobs are being hit. Government is closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

“Our successful businesses have already tied up much cash in Brexit preparations, in stocks or raw materials and finished goods, in paying overtime to deal with a spike in export orders, with resulting sparse order books later this year.

“If they have a flood of imports on top of this, it’s going to be really challenging. At the same time, in a no deal Brexit our British manufacturers’ products would suddenly be more expensive in Europe and in places like Japan and Canada where we will have lost our preferential access. It’s a double whammy.”

There are extra concerns for bathroom manufacturers and tableware and giftware not covered by current anti-dumping measures as these have particularly high current most favoured nation import tariffs.

Neil Gore, Managing Director of The Imperial Bathroom Company, in Aldridge, said: “We are one of just a handful of British ceramic bathroom manufacturers left in this country with over 90% having disappeared in the last 20 years.

“We employ 73 people, making the very finest British, top quality products, sold all around the world.

“The tariff code for imported basins, pedestals, toilets and cisterns from our international competitors will be zero according to the announcements today, which gives another significant benefit to our competitors, whilst our exports to those markets being charged tariffs will be more expensive.

“I urge Government to reconsider, we need action to support the manufacturing sector, not destroy it.”

 

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Notes to editors

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacturing, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.

 

For further information please contact: 

Ciara Jagger, Communications Manager, British Ceramic Confederation, Federation House, Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2SA.

Tel:  01782 572851 M: 07535 084055   E-mail:  ciaraj@ceramfed.co.uk    www.ceramfed.co.uk