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Valentine Clays appoints new Manager to help to take business forward

World-leading clay manufacturer, Valentine Clays, has appointed a Technical Manager to help with its current expansion plans and avid support of the ceramics industry.

Mark Cumberlidge joins the business from the UK’s leading mineral processing company Furlong Mills, where he worked as Technical Manager for the past 26 years.


Mark will manage & develop Valentine Clays ceramic recipes, including the sourcing of the relevant raw materials, to ensure Valentine Clays produces the best quality products for their customers.


This appointment will also enable Valentine Clays to support the ceramics industry by offering a technical consultation service.


This new role forms part of Valentine Clays current company restructuring and growth plan with the intention to ensure the company is the number one supplier of clay bodies and raw materials to the ceramics industry over the coming years.


Mark Cumberlidge, Technical Manager, Valentine Clays Ltd said: “I have worked with Valentine Clays for a long time during my previous role, they are a great company with a can do attitude and I look forward to the challenge ahead in helping to develop the best possible ceramic products.”


“It’s exciting to be part of a local company with great ambitions that are focused on supporting our industry the best way they can.”


Alan Ault, Managing Director and Owner of Valentine Clays Ltd commented: “Mark was the obvious choice when considering the company’s restructure and having worked with him for many year’s is one of the country’s leading ceramic Technical minds.


“As a company we are very much looking forward to working with Mark who will be invaluable when it comes to helping our business to grow but in also ensuring the ceramics industry has the support that it needs from a manufacturer such as ourselves.”


For further information on Valentine Clays please visit or call 01782 271200




For media queries contact Hannah Ault at Valentine Clays on 01782 271200 or email