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IMFormation October 2013
Christmas Lectures, Institute Awards, Christmas
followed by the Annual General Meeting
and the Investiture of the New President
WEDNESDAY 4th DECEMBER 2013
BIRMINGHAM MEDICAL INSTITUTE
36 HARBORNE ROAD, EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM B15 3AF
Order of Events
10.30 Registration, Coffee & Biscuits
11.00 Presentation by Professor Karl Scott Ryder, University of Leicester -
“Electrolytic metal finishing for aerospace using DES Ionic liquids"
11.30 Presentation by Ken Griffiths -
“Metals to Materials – the same but different!”
12.00 Presentation of Institute Awards
Canning Bicentenary Award
Eddie Marlow Memorial
Jim Kape Memorial Medal
Connie Sieff Award
Johnson Matthey Silver Medal
Foundation Student Achievement
Technician Student Achievement
12:45 Christmas Luncheon
14.15 Annual General Meeting followed by the investiture of the new
President and his inaugural address.
15.30 Event concludes
Health, Safety & Environment
The Stakeholders Input Initiative (SII) is a new joint effort
by industry, manufacturers and downstream users
(the Stakeholders) to ensure that their input is provided
directly to ECHA, an agency of the
European Commission, into the early stages of the
REACH decision making process.
Sectors represented by the Stakeholders include the
textile industry, air transport, energy and many
intermediaries in the European industrial and valueadded
supply chain, all of which are concerned with the
impact a regulatory option endorsed by the Commission
can have on downstream users of a variety of chemical
substances. Collectively, various industrial associations
account for more than 1.6 million jobs in Europe, the
largest portion of which are found in SMEs. Sectors are
not only of strategic importance for the health of the
current European economy, but essential to meeting
the need for greater competitiveness, increased jobs and
It is believed this initiative will enhance the REACH
decision making process while ensuring that the
competitiveness of the EU industry is taken into
account before the Commission endorses an ECHA
French Authorities proposal re Bisphenol and by
inference other Bisphenols
The French authorities believe they now have evidence
for Repr1A. This would make it meet SVHC criteria, and
it is on the Registry of intent for Restriction for thermal
papers in the first instance.
The end is nigh for Trichloroethylene
After years of reviews, product reclassification and
much argument this solvent has ended as Annex 14 of
the REACH Regulations and has been given a deadline
‘phase-out’ date by end of 2014.
For decades it has been a ‘workhorse’ degreasant for the
surface finishing industry.
ECHA has received its first application for the authorisation
under REACH for Sis(2-ethylhexy) phthalate
(DEHP) for use in the manufacture of aircraft engines
as a stop-off during the diffusion
Bonding of aero engine fan blades.
Interested parties to submit relevant information on alternatives
to ECHA by (9 October 2013)
Board of Appeal annuls ECHA decision.
Appeal annulled because it failed to clearly and precisely
communicate an important deadline in the decisionmaking
process to the Registrant in due time. The
Board has remitted the case to ECHA for re-evaluation.
See website for more info.
ECHA – reclassification of Nitric Acid
Below link to website re proposal re possible change.
See link below for website.
Company News and Products
Pexa, the specialist supplier of surface finishing materials
to the energy and other high tech markets is delighted
to announce its membership of the British
Marine Federation (MMF).
Pexa is a supplier of paints and other surface coatings
for offshore equipment including wind turbines and
other renewable energy platforms, oil rigs and other
storage and exploration infrastructure.
Managing Director Jim Rowbotham said “Joining BMF
puts us at the heart of the UK’s marine community and
will allow us to develop our know-how in the supply of
products into this important sector. We look forward to
participating and meeting our fellow members to learn
more about what they do”
Pexa is also focusing on the marine and harbour sectors
with its range of moisture cured urethane coatings, that
offer 10 year durability on steel pile harbour walls,
which can be immersed in water within 39 minutes of
application and can be used to maintain harbour walls
between tides without special equipment. In addition, an
attractive range of colours can be used on bridges, railings
and infrastructures around marinas, protecting
them and providing a durable good looking appearance.
Further information contact Jim Rowbotham,Tel:
+44 (0) 1422 3144400
Chemetall – a global supplier of special chemicals with a
focus on processes for surface treatment of metals and
plastics, has become the sole owner of its Indian joint
venture Chemetall-Rai having acquired the remaining
50% shares of its former partners.
The joint venture was founded in 1995 with the families
Rai and Nash. Joris Merckx, President of Chemetall said,
“The acquisition is a further milestone in our growth
strategy. As a sole owner we can react faster to the demands
of the Indian market and further expand our surface
treatment business in the Asian region”.
To keep pace with the growth dynamics on the Indian
subcontinent, Chemetall-Rai invested in a second modern
production facility in 2012. The new plant is located
in Chennai, one of the most important automotive centres
in the Indian subcontinent. In 2012 the company
also acquired the chemical business of Gramos, a leading
local player for surface treatment technologies in
the Indian automotive industry.
A £5m investment from its backer Enso Ventures Ltd
has helped Finnish coating technology specialist Picodean
Ltd accelerate the development and manufacture
of its disruptive thin films and thin film deposition tools.
In addition, they recently started a new project funded
by TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology
and Innovation) with a value of over ??1 million.
The investment will fund further research into thin film
applications, as well as the production of a market-ready
range of laser deposition equipment
Picodeon’s patented Coldab coating technology is an
advanced Ultra-Short Pulsed Laser Deposition (US PLD)
process. Coldab enables high quality nanometre scale
thin-film coating including materials such as metals,
composites, oxides and polymers to be deposited on a
vast range of substrates, where material is vaporised to
form, in a laser-ablation process. to form a plasma
plume and condenses on the substrate to form a thin
(part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd)
The company was called upon to galvanize more than
600 tonnes of steel as part of the Liverpool to
Manchester electrification project, which is set to upgrade
some 350 km of track across the north of
The first phase of the project saw over 1000 steel
components for the electric masts galvanized, to enable
electric trains to run on the lines
Surface Technology PLC – Confirmed their global
commitment by opening a dedicated HQ in China for
Integrated Process Solutions (IPS) a management and
project division of the company. The aim is to serve the
growing demand of the Far East to meet the needs of
industries from automotive and aerospace to oil, gas,
defence and renewable energy.
Hardide A meets new EU and USA environmental standards
and provides wear, corrosion, hardness, surface
finish and surface bonding properties to hard chromium
plating (HCP) which has been a mainstay of aerospace,
heavy engineering, automotive and others. However,
unlike HCP, it does not utilise hexavalent chromium
salts whose use is being subjected to rising costs and
regulations under EU REACH.
More information email:
New members and Transfers
Kimmins, Scott Loughborough University
Banks, Richard Indestructible Paints Ltd
Swanwick, Michael Rolls Royce
New Sustaining Members
HMG Paints Ltd
Riverside Works, Collyhurst Road
Collyhurst, Manchester M40 7RU
Tel: 0161 205 7631
Contact: Mr Steve Crossman, Director
HMG are a leading independent UK manufacturer
and supplier of specialised industrial and transport coatings.
They are also a leading toll manufacturer and are the paint
companies ‘paint company’.
Metal Finishing Association- Nasik
F -33/34 MIDC – Ambad
Nasik, India 422010
Tel: +91 253 2382134
Contact: Dr Ashish Kulkarni
Professional Institute in India
Dyne Technology Ltd
Newton House, 5 Parkside Court
Greenhough Road, Lichfield
Staffs. WS13 7FE
Tel: 0153 411460, Fax: 01543 415140
Contact: Mr Chris Lines, Managing Director
Dyne Technology Ltd specialises in the supply of affordable
plasma surface treatment and robotic automation
solutions to companies manufacturing or processing
metal composites, plastics and rubber components.
Bellurgan Precision Engineering Ltd
Bellurgan Point, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 429371418 Fax: 00 353 429371761
Contact: Mr John Mullen,
Business Development Manager
A manufacturer of precision machined parts for the
medical device, aerospace and industrial sectors.
International Safety Components
Unit 1, Plot 2,Llandegai Industrial Estate, Bangor,
Gwynedd, North Wales,LL55 3LN
Telephone: 01248363110 Fax: 01248372348
Contact: Mr Alan Williams - H & S Manager
ISC specialise in the design and manufacture of safety
critical engineered components which are finished to the
highest standards using standard/ hard anodising, powder
coating, Xylan/Hexavalent/E-P plating and Ionbond.
Out and About
Series of events promoting and explaining
Horizon 2020 funding programmes:
Nanotechnology & coatings Industry,
8 October, Belfrey Hotel Nottingham
Battery Manufacturing 2013,
24 October, Warwick University
Nanotechnology: Partnership for Progress,
29 October, BIS, Victoria St, London