Clay construction materials are durable, with a significant life span, and desirable acoustic and thermal properties, giving them an excellent lifecycle carbon-footprint, which is comparable to or even surpasses the green credentials of many competing building materials.
Clay bricks are an essential part of UK building architecture. Clay roof tiles are a natural, traditional roofing material, manufactured in attractive colours and textures, and form an attractive partnership with brickwork. Vitrified clay pipes provide the durable drainage and sanitation we all take for granted, while clay land drains are fundamental to efficient land use and agricultural profitability.
Internally, the design and appearance of almost every home, office or public building is enhanced by the combined practicality and beauty of ceramic bathroom products. Ceramic floor and wall tiles are durable, easy to clean and stain resistant. They also form a key element in the refurbishment of many impressive and historic public buildings.
The UK has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality tableware and giftware, with cutting-edge design and manufacture. This includes durable catering-ware. The whole sector has cut its carbon footprint dramatically in the last decade and is a very strong export earner for the UK economy.
Refractories are materials that can withstand high temperatures and are essential in a variety of high-temperature industrial processes – including manufacture of ceramics, steel, glass, cement and chemicals. Novel refractory materials help reduce the energy used in all these industries.
Advanced ceramics are now used in a whole range of high-tech products including computers, jet engines, lasers, x-ray equipment, radar, water purification, thermal imaging devices and artificial joints.
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