|Ceram Research Ltd|
|Legal status||Private company (1960455)|
|Purpose/focus||Materials research (ceramics, ceramic engineering)|
|Location||Queens Road, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7LQ|
|Membership||Material scientists, ceramic engineers (144 staff)|
|Chief Executive||Tony Kinsella|
|Parent organization||British Ceramic Research Ltd (453225)|
|Affiliations||Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations (airto)|
Ceram is a materials testing, analysis and consultancy organisation based in Stoke-on-Trent. The Ceram Group owns testing facilities around the world.
The British Refractories Research Association was formed in 1920. The pottery industry was required by the Import Duties Advisory Committee in 1937 to create a research association, so the British Pottery Research Association was formed in 1937. The two combined in April 1948 as the British Ceramic Research Association.
The main building on Queens Road in Penkhull was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in December 1951. In May 1986 it changed its name to British Ceramic Research Ltd, having been incorporated as a company on 18 November 1985.
Ceram is situated south of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
The Ceram Group includes:
- Ceram - Ceram Research Ltd
- CICS - Complete Integrated Certification Services
- Ceram Surface and Materials Analysis
- M + P Labs - based in Schenectady, New York and Greenville, South Carolina
- UK Analytical - based in Leeds
Ceram's laboratories and techniques are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
It provides materials testing, analysis and consultancy, to a diverse range of industries.
- Skema Business School
- The Ceramics Society - formerly the British Ceramic Society, and part of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
- British Ceramic Confederation - trade association for the ceramics industry