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IMFormation April 2011
Reaching new heights at IMFair
IMFair 2011 is the premier UK event for surface finishing excellence in the aerospace
and defence industries. It connects surface finishing applicators, researchers, specifiers,
suppliers and end users to meet and share cutting edge developments.
Back by popular demand: the event organised by the Institute of Materials Finishing builds
on the success of IMFair 2009, returning again to the RAF Cosford Museum Shifnal, June
14th through 16th 2011.
Bigger and better: three day conference with a full programme of high quality confirmed
speakers from industry and academia. Supporting the conference is a dedicated exhibition
of major suppliers, showcasing their latest products and developments.
Expand your horizons: quality networking opportunities within a targeted audience.
Conference papers to share best practise techniques and ensure you are up to speed with
the latest developments in surface finishing technology.
Only three months to go for IMFair opening day on Tuesday 14 June. Don’t miss
out, sign up today at www.instituteofmetalfinishing.org/imfairhome.htm
A full event programme will be released shortly, please contact Ken Hoare for further information on 0121 622 7387.
Environment, Health & Safety
Chemicals to be phased out by EU
Six substances of very high concern will be banned
within 3 –5 years unless an authorisation has been
granted to individual companies for their use. These
substances are stated to be carcinogenic, toxic for
reproduction and persist in the environment or
accumulate in living organism.
Operators wishing to sell or use these substances will
need to demonstrate that the required safety measures
have been taken to adequately control the risks, or that
the benefits for the economy outweigh the risks.
Where alternative substances or techniques exist,
then a timetable for substitution will also have
to be submitted.
The chemicals are:
5-ter-butyl-2,4,6-trinito-m-xylene (musk xylene)
bis(2-ethylexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
For further information contact the ECHA
New EU Rules for Notification
of Chemical Substances
The Health and Safety Executive is supporting the
Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) campaign to remind
companies that with effect from 1st December new
rules came into force on the classification, labelling,
packaging and notification of chemical substances.
Within one month, companies manufacturing or
importing a new chemical substance will need to
notify ECHA for their inclusion in the new
Classification and Labelling Inventory.
The new system will be phased in over a
five-year period for chemical substances from
10 December 2010 and for chemical mixtures from
1st June 2015.
The following will apply:
• Manufactured and imported substances (e.g. dyes
subject to REACH.
• Manufactured or imported substances which are
classified as hazardous irrespective of the quantity.
• Imported mixtures containing hazardous substances
irrespective of the quantity.
• Imported articles containing substances, which are
subject to REACH registration.
A practical guide has been published by ECHA which
explains the role of the inventory and how to submit:
French Proposals for Candidate List in August
The French currently have a consultation on the substances
Nickel sulphate – CAS No. 7786-81-4
Nickel carbonate (11) – CAS No. 3333-67-3
Beryllium – CAS No.7740-41-7
Beryllium oxide – CAS No.1304-56-9
Ethylene oxide, 1.2 – synonymes: epoxyethane;
oxirane - CAS No.75-21-8
Propylene oxide, 1.2 synonymes: epoxypropane;
Methyloxirane - CAS No. 75-56-9
Formamide synonymes: Methanamide;
carbamaldehyde - CAS No. 75-12-7
Chromium 111 chromate:synonymes: dichromium
(tris) chromate - CAS No. 24613-89-6
Hydroxyoctaoxodizincate potassium dichromate -
CAS No. 11103-86-9
Pyridinium dichromate - CAS No. 20039-37-6
Octahydroxychromate of pentazinc – CAS No.
Chromate, bis (triphenylsilyl)-
Company News and Products
Metrohm UK Ltd
Metrohm are running a series of ‘webiners’ –
“what you need to know!”
They will cover the basic fundamentals of Ion
Chromatography highlighting time and budget-saving
features and answer all application questions in an
interactive questions and answers session
To find out more Tel: 01928 579 600
Vixen Surface Treatments Ltd
Do you have a requirement for blast cleaning and or
Vixen manufactures a wide range of such equipment.
Dry blast cleaning can be used for various applications
including providing a key to metal surface prior to
painting, whilst wetblast machines use a water and
abrasive slurry to simultaneously degrease and blast to
give a smooth satin sheen finish.
The various machines available are automatic and
provide a safe alternative use to Trichloroethylene and
other solvents used for degreasing and pre- treatment,
which many companies are looking to replace due to
To request the latest brochure Tel: 01642 769333
A suggestion has been received that the IMF should
consider the re-formation of this Branch.
Interested members and non-members should let either
of the two person below know of their interest.
William Waugh Email: email@example.com
Nigel Gill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Members and Transfers
Frimpong, Frank Sarantel Ltd
Bao, Yuqing London South Bank Univ.
Smith, James University of Portsmouth.
Waugh , William Interplex
Shaw, Richard SAPA pressweld
Examination Results – January 2011
Adams, Janine* Protech Finishing Ltd Banks,
Stephen* Metafin Group Holdings
Cockerill, Matthew Protech Finishing Ltd
Fieldhouse, Alexander# LEW Technologies Ltd
Hazley, Thomas* Schlumberger
Holden, Amy# e2v Technologies
Voice, Martin# Stannah Stairlifts Ltd
Williams, Gavin# Royal Mint
New Distance Learning Technician Modules
Principles of Electroplating
Whittle, Gareth# BAE Systems
Fiserova, Claudia# Ronaldsway Aircraft Co
Distance Learning MF2 Plating Practice
Birdsall, Paul# Protech Finishing Ltd
(having previously passed MF1 Electroplating
Principles, Paul Birdsall is awarded a Technician
Certificate with distinction)
* Pass with Merit # Pass with Distinction
New Sustaining Members
Metal Improvement Company, LLC
Ascot Drive, Derby DE24 8ST
Tel: 01332 756076, Fax: 01332 757293
Metal Improvement Company (MIC) specialises in
high quality, cost effective metal and material surface
treatments which enhance performance and extend the
life of critical components. MIC has 68 international
operating divisions, 7 in the UK, where experienced
field crews can provide onsite processing world-wide.
Services include: controlled shot and laser peening,
engineered coatings and customer on-site processing.
Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co Ltd
Lock Division Purchase Dept
Plant No. 18-A, Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli,
Tel; +91 22 67965815, Fax: +91 22 67964911
This company supplies a range of locks and architectural
hardware in India and is noted for being the largest
manufacturer for its most trusted brands known for
their quality and durability.
Halo Aerospace Laboratories UK Ltd
Unit 5 Heaten Business Park
Vickers Industrial Estate
Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe LA3 3EN
Tel: 01524 844321, Fax: 01524 844321
Aerospace and commercial non - destructive testing
(DPI, MPI, UT, ET, VT, RT), salt spray testing,
chemical analysis and surface treatments including
acid etch; chromic, sulphuric and hard anodising;
Alocrom 1200; Irridite; passivation; copper & bronze
plating and shot blasting.
Surface Finishing Engineering Ltd
Unit 2A, Webner Industrial Estate, Ettingshall Road
Wolverhampton WV2 2LD
Tel: 01902 409186, Fax: 01902 497265
Email: email@example.com Web: www.sfeuk.com
Specialists in the design and installation of metal finishing
process lines, repair and modifications to existing plant,
manual to computer controlled automatic installations
with data acquisition facilities where necessary.
Interplex PMP Ltd
Elliot Industrial Estate
Arbroath, Scotland, DD11 2NN
Tel: 01241 873867, Fax: 01241 879597
Manufacturers of precision components including
stamped and plated parts, plastic mouldings (including
insert and in-line moulding), assemblies and tape and
reel packaging for the automotive, medical and electronics
Call for Papers
Institute of Circuit Technology (ICT)
ICT are pleased to announce their 37th Annual Symposium
will be held on
Wednesday 1st June 2011
Coventry University TechnoCentre
Coventry University Technology Park
The event is being held in collaboration with the
Sonochemistry Centre, at Coventry University and is
being supported by Ventec-Europe. The event is free to
ICT members. The theme will be ‘Complex PCB solutions.
The symposium will address and seek to provide advice
and support for the various issues involved in complex
PCBs from material to finish. There will also a table top
Further details: Bill Wilkie, Technical Director
ICT. Tel: 01573 226131
OUT and ABOUT
Sustainability Live + Environmental Technology
+IWEX 24 –26 April 2011, NEC, Birmingham
Safety & Health Expo 17 – 19 May 2011, NEC,
Surface World + Correx 2011
1 – 3 November 2011, NEC, Birmingham
Tel; 01442 826 826