• Ceramics 2012 champions a British future for industry

    World leading ceramics companies and trade bodies will be flying the flag for ‘Made in the UK’ at a major conference and exhibition held in Stoke-on-Trent.

    Ceramics 2012 will take place in the city renowned as the world capital of ceramics and home of the UK pottery industry.

    The 25
    th October event, organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Council with the support of major industry bodies, will celebrate “Made in the UK”, a campaign that has received significant industry and government backing over recent years, with exhibitors showcasing the British Ceramics Industry’s most successful brands and projects.

    To be held at the Britannia Stadium, Ceramics 2012 exhibition and seminars build on the success of Ceramics 2011 and 2010 with a theme of strengthening links and promoting technological advancement within the industry.

    Visitors will be able to view the unique showcase as well as having the opportunity to attend a range of seminars that will focus on key issues facing the ceramics industry today.

    Ceramics 2012 is organised by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and supported by North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, British Ceramic Confederation, Dudson, Endeka Ceramics, and Ceram.   

    The event is being partial funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

    Stuart Adams, Managing Director of Endeka Ceramics, said: “The Ceramics Industry has seen a profitable year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and it’s great that we have a yearly Ceramics event that showcases the best that the British Ceramics industry has to offer.

    “We are also facing challenges of a chronic skills shortage within the industry and Ceramics 2012 is focused on throwing the spot light firmly on the future of the workforce by making clear the current opportunities for young people.”

    Councillor Mark Meredith, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for economic development, said: “A New Era ceramics exhibition and seminar held in Stoke-on-Trent over the past two years has helped the Ceramics industry to focus on developing a sustainable future.

    “The emphasis for 2012 will be to focus on helping to build a sustainable ceramics industry for the 21
    st century by providing jobs and money for the UK economy.

    “Stoke-on-Trent, renowned as the world capital of ceramics, is proud of its history and tradition of producing world class pottery and the Made in UK campaign is close to its heart.

    “Ceramics 2012 will be a great opportunity for visitors to gain insight from industry leaders as well as providing the perfect opportunity to establish new relationships and networks.

    “Visitors and exhibitors will access industry trends, knowledge, and best practice across a wide range of specialist ceramic applications including tableware, giftware, sanitaryware, tiles and flags, industrial ceramics, and technical/advanced ceramics.”  

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