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Our membership comprises all significant UK clay brick manufacturers and accounts for almost 100% of the sector's productivity. We do therefore work very closely with our members and enjoy the independence and autonomy this facilitates. Sometimes however, it is in their interests that we coordinate our activities with other reputable institutions. You will find here details of those organisations with which we work regularly and a brief description of our relationship with them.

The British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all ceramic sectors. Its 100 member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic products and comprise over 90% of the industry’s UK manufacturing capacity. Our members are also members of BCC and even have a seat on their Board.

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The Construction Products Association represents the UK's manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials.

The sector directly provides jobs for 337,000 people across 23,818 companies and has an annual turnover of more than £60.2 billion.

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The Association of Brickwork Contractors (ABC) is a trade body, which represents many of the largest Specialist Brickwork Contractors in the UK. The ABC’s core focus is on protecting and supporting the role of the Bricklayer and, sustaining brickwork contractors’ influence at both the design and build stages of construction. They do this by working collaboratively to set and advance sector standards in key areas of brickwork contracting, such as: Health & Safety; Employment; Training & Assessment; and Quality Assurance.

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The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) represents and protects the interests of builders merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers. They are the authoritative voice for the building materials distribution sector. Total membership stands at 680 merchant and supplier companies (January 2019) who together have combined sales of £29.7bn and employ over 115,000 people in the building materials industry. BMF’s 359 merchant members operate in over 5,640 branches across the UK and Ireland.

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CITB is the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland and Wales. It is CITB’s job to help the construction industry attract talent and to support skills development, to build a better Britain. CITB is an executive non-departmental public body in charge of its own budget and activities. Sponsored by the Department for Education, CITB is also accountable to government ministers, and ultimately Parliament.

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Founded in 1986, the International Masonry Society acts as a focus for all masonry matters, and in particular for learned discussion and the interchange of technology and engineering matters. The Society provides for the dissemination of research information relating to all aspects of masonry in construction. It provides a pivot for all those involved in, or interested in, masonry as a material and constructional form.

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The International Clay Technology Association was founded in 2006 from a merger between the Institute of Clay Technology and IOM3.

The Association promotes heavy clay technology on a UK and international basis and help their members broaden their professional outlook, skills and qualifications.

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The Society, founded in 1972, promotes the study and recording of all aspects of the archaeology and history of bricks, brickmaking and brickwork.

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