New British Ceramic Confederation President announced

EDWARD Naylor has been confirmed as the new President of the British Ceramic Confederation, the trade association for the UK ceramics manufacturing industry.

The 57-year-old, who has been CEO of family business Naylor Industries for 27 years, succeeds Keith Barker, Managing Director of Wienerberger UK, for a two-year term.

Edward said: “I’m honoured to accept this role and really looking forward to supporting BCC’s Chief Executive Dr Laura Cohen and her team in representing a crucial industry at a critical time both economically and politically.”

Laura Cohen added: “We are delighted to welcome Edward as the incoming President of the British Ceramic Confederation and would like to thank Keith Barker for his hard work, support and dedication in the role for the past two years.”

Naylor Industries has six manufacturing sites with its head office in Barnsley. The group primarily manufactures construction materials including clay pipes, a product which it has manufactured since its formation in 1890. An active exporter, Naylor’s clay division was awarded a Queen’s Award for international trade earlier this year.

Ceramics Innovation Network: Sintering and Firing in the Ceramics Industry

DATE: 14/04/2021

TIME: 10.00am

LOCATION: To be conducted online

“Sintering and Firing in the Ceramics Industry”, the main event in the 2021 Ceramic Innovation Network (CIN) series, will take place on Wednesday, April 14.  The speakers include Stephane Vissiere of Wienerberger, Dr Robert Quarshie and Jenni McDonnell of KTN, and Dr Russell Hall of Warwick Manufacturing Group.
Supported by KTN, CIN is led by the British Ceramic Confederation and Lucideon.  It is also supported by the University of Surrey.
For more information on the programme, speakers and to register please click here.

Budget 2021 – British Ceramic Confederation comment

The British Ceramic Confederation has welcomed support for the hospitality sector in the 2021 Budget but expressed disappointment that financial support had not been extended to the supply chains of badly hit sectors – and warned that the newly announced freeports could hit UK manufacturers.

Technical director Dr Andrew McDermott said: “Many ceramics manufacturers have been adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19 on hospitality businesses, so we welcome the continued financial support announced today to help that sector back onto its feet, including the extension of the job retention scheme.

“However, we would have liked to see the extension of financial support into the supply chains of badly hit sectors (for example hospitality, aviation, construction and retail) to avoid compounding the economic damage and assist recovery.

“Our members who supply the construction industry will welcome the extended stamp duty holiday and the 95 per cent mortgage guarantee. We were also pleased to hear that companies will be able to cut their tax bill by claiming 130 per cent of their spend on new machinery.

“We had hoped that the Chancellor would announce more explicit support for UK manufacturers, including a commitment to buy British wherever possible, and we are concerned that freeports using tariff-free imported materials to assemble a product, such as in off-site construction, will seriously undermine domestic manufacture.”

Ceramics leaders call on Government to “buy British” ahead of March Budget

CERAMIC industry trade association the British Ceramic Confederation has called for the Government to back UK manufacturers ahead of next week’s Budget.

The organisation, which represents more than 90 per cent of the UK ceramic industry’s manufacturing capacity, wants the Government to “use every opportunity to buy British” and to promote UK manufactured goods internationally.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Confederation’s 90 member companies directly employed more than 17,500 people and generated annual sales of £1.6bn (including more than £0.6bn of exports), with 57 per cent of exports going to the EU.

In their representation to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, the Confederation has called for a range of measures to help the ceramics sector recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and grow trade post- Brexit, as well as supporting the sector in the Government’s goal to decarbonise the UK economy by 2050.

These include:

* the extension of financial support to the supply chains of sectors badly affected by Covid

* more support for Brexit-related costs for exporters

* support on COVID-related industrial energy and carbon costs for energy-intensive consumers

* the extension or replacement of the Job Retention Scheme

* increased funding for trade missions and exhibitions

* financial support to develop and deploy new industrial decarbonisation technologies appropriate for ceramics

* to establish a National Manufacturing Skills Taskforce to redeploy skilled workers and retrain those who have been made redundant

Dr Andrew McDermott, Technical Director of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “Next week’s budget comes at a critical time, with the sector facing the triple challenge of recovering from COVID-19, adapting to new trading arrangements with the EU and transitioning towards net-zero emissions while being internationally competitive.

“COVID-19 and the ensuing economic shock has had a sudden and dramatic impact on all ceramic businesses and supply chains, and exports have understandably taken a hit.

“We call on the Government to use every opportunity to buy British, re-launch the Great Britain and Northern Ireland international promotion campaign to generate jobs and growth, and encourage the use of UK manufactured goods.”

The 2021 Budget will take place on Wednesday, March 3.


For further information please contact:

Hannah Hiles, Communications Manager, British Ceramic Confederation

M: 07535 084055 E-mail:

Free lecture to explore ceramics manufacturing processes

ACADEMICS and industrialists are invited to a free online event exploring development and innovation in the ceramics industry, one of the UK’s Foundation Industry sectors.

The Frank Scott Russell Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, March 3, will kick off the 2021 events programme from the Ceramics Innovation Network (CIN), which will bring together academics and industrialists to explore the development and innovation opportunities of sintering and firing in the ceramics industry.

The speakers are refractory specialist Jan Theron, of materials technology company Lucideon, who will give a lecture entitled From Toffee Bond to Ceramic Bond, and Professor Ian Reaney, who will provide an update on the Transforming Foundation Industries Network+ initiative.

Jon Flitney, Energy and Innovation Manager at the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “This is a great opportunity to learn more about this part of the manufacturing process and look towards future developments in the ceramics industry.”

CIN consists of the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) and Lucideon, and is supported by the University of Surrey, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Frank Scott Russell Memorial Fund.

Book your place here.

Financial help available for clay workers in need

WORKERS in the ceramics industry who are suffering financial difficulties can apply to a national organisation for assistance.

The Institute of Clayworkers Benevolent Fund, which is administered by the British Ceramic Confederation, is open to applications from employees, past and present, of UK-based companies engaged in the production of heavy clay and refractory goods (bricks, roof tiles, pipes and refractories).

Beneficiaries are typically people who have been unable to work for some time through ill health or accident, or whose employment has been terminated on medical grounds, and who may now be struggling financially. Examples of assistance given in recent years includes a contribution towards the purchase of a wheelchair for a disabled former worker, and a grant to an employee who was on long-term sick leave after a fall at work led to back problems.

Pensioners from within the industry and widows and widowers of former employees can also apply. However, ‘furlough status’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not fall within the remit, and applications made on this basis will not be eligible.

Fund administrator Helen Clarke, of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “We are keen to hear from any potential candidates for assistance and we ask companies who may be aware of any eligible people in need to put them in touch with the Institute.”

The Institute also recognises long service and employees completing 40 years continuous service within the heavy clay and refractories industries are eligible to receive a silver medal.

For more information about the fund or long service awards, please contact Helen Clarke on 01782 572852 or