An event organised by the British Ceramic Confederation and the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will be championing ways manufacturers can reduce defects – and consequentially reduce cost and environmental impact on their businesses.

The event, ‘Defect Reduction in Structural Ceramics – Problems and Practical Solutions’ will provide an opportunity for industrialists and academics to join together and address the issue of wastage in the industry.

Taking place at Lucideon, in Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday, March 5, the event will provide an opportunity to investigate strategies to tackle defect reduction and control in the manufacturing process.

Dr Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “The reject rate in some ceramic companies can approach ten per cent, so there are compelling economic and environmental reasons to implement defect reduction strategies.

“This seminar will look at the issue in an invigorating format, and provides a unique opportunity to engage with some of the world-class academics in the UK.

“It is the first time we have organised this event with the KTN and we hope it will develop into a regular programme, which informs ceramics manufacturers and signposts them to innovations and concepts that can positively impact on their business.”

Primarily of interest to those in industrial, refractory and technical ceramic subsectors, the seminar is also highly relevant to traditional ceramic manufacturers and is free to attend.

To register attendance please contact Helen Clarke at

The full programme will be available shortly, but for further information in the meantime please contact Stuart MacLachlan at or Helen at the above e-mail address