The United Kingdom is steeped in the tradition of ceramic manufacturing. For centuries, some of the finest whitewares products in the world have been (and continue to be) produced there, and the industry has diversified as advanced technologies bring technical ceramics to an ever-growing range of today’s modern applications.
As the industry has evolved, so too has the British Ceramic Confederation (BCC). Founded in 1984 in a merger of several trade organizations (the National Federation of Clay Industries, NFCI; the Refractories Association of Great Britain, RAGB; and the British Ceramic Manufacturers Federation, BCMF), the association’s members are ceramic manufacturers that have operations in the UK. While speaking recently with Laura Cohen, Ph.D., chief executive of the BCC, it quickly became clear that the confederation is actively engaged in identifying the various needs of the entire range of ceramic manufacturers, and working to support them.