International Clay Technology Association Launched
The International Clay Technology Association (ICTa) celebrated its official
launch on 3 February in Nottingham.
ICTa is a new group formed within the Institute's Ceramics Division (now
renamed the Ceramics and Building Division) as part of the process of
effecting the merger of the Institute of Clay Technology with IOM3. The
ICTa launch preceded the annual dinner for the former ICT's Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire branch members.
Key representatives from the two Institutes offered their appreciation of
the benefits of the merger, the opportunities the new association provides
and the challenges for the future. The speakers were Granville Bull, Group
Managing Director of Naylor Industries plc, Mike Driver, Chairman of ICTa,
Kevin Farrell, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, Dr
Robert Quarshie of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Keith
Shankland, Operations Director of Hanson Building Products. Other speakers
included Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials,
Minerals and Mining, Werner A Reutter, Managing Director of Hans Lingl (UK)
Ltd and Terry Watts, Chief Executive of Proskills.
The opening and closing remarks fittingly came from Rickinson and Driver.
Both were keen to emphasise the potential for ICTa's international
development as well as increased contact with, and training of, younger
members, schools and students. They both recognised an opportunity to expand
activities through a greater critical mass.
Notes for Editors:
- Following an internal debate that lasted for over 18 months, the Institute of Clay Technology (ICT) voted last October in favour of merging with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Initial talks between the two organisations began in 2003. ICT members eventually voted 2-to-1 in favour of the merger.
- For more information, contact IOM3 Chief Executive Dr Bernie Rickinson, email Bernie.Rickinson@iom3.org
Date Posted: 23 February 2006