Clemson Brick Forum 2009 dedicated to “Greener Brick Manufacturing”

North America‘s brick and tile industry has been drastically hit by the economic crisis. Heavy clay sales, particularly in the housing sector, have dropped dramatically. The impacts were clearly being felt at the 55th Clemson Brick Forum, where attendance was down by roughly 100 this year from last year’s 500 or so participants. Confronting the crisis head on, the forum focused on “Greener Brick Manufacturing” as a topic of great future importance, since North America is showing waxing interest in ecologically appropriate, sustainable construction. As usual, of course, the event also included, in proven manner, papers and presentations concerning brick and tile manufacture and plant/apparatus engineering …

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For the second time in a row now, the forum was held at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center in Anderson, S.C. In the meantime, the presentations have been made available as a webcast for the reduced price of roughly €106 (or about $150), and employees of companies that are members of the U.S. National Brick Research Center get a special discount.

With a view to acquainting non-technical personnel with the subject of sustainability, sales and marketing personnel from the heavy clay industry were able to make use of a special one-day registration for Monday‘s events...

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