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IMFormation February 2013
Change of the Institute’s name
The December edition of this newsletter advised you of the proposal to be
put to the AGM held on 5 December 2012 to change the Institute name to the
INSTITUTE OF MATERIALS FINISHING.
The proposal was approved at the meeting and the name change will become effective
from the 1st February 2013.
A significant amount of extra work has fallen on our Treasurer Alan Koch to whom we
offer our thanks and appreciation. One of the major items has been the ‘Memorandum
We are a ‘Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital (as such we are
exempt from including “Limited” in the name of the Company pursuant to Section 60
of the Companies Act 2006)
The reason for the change of name and our specific objectives is that the Management
Board decided that the scope of the Institute’s activities has broadened.
This required that additional finishing methods should be included in the
Memorandum of Association
The Memorandum of Association can be viewed at Exeter House on request.
Official conference hotel announced
Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth has been appointed as the Official Conference Hotel
to Transfair 13. The popular Warwickshire hotel offers excellent
accommodation, a superior range of amenities and is a short drive to the conference
venue. Chesford Grange will host the conference dinner and are pleased to offer a
discounted accommodation rate to delegates and exhibitors.
Transfair13 takes place June 11th - 13th at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum
Gaydon and will showcase innovation and best practice in materials finishing across the
transportation sectors. The event will feature a supporting exhibition of major suppliers
from across the finishing industry.
We are pleased to announce that most of the exhibition stands are now sold.
Please contact Exeter House for further details.
Health, Safety & Environment
REACH Update –Chromium trioxide
The UK Government went to the recent meeting
regarding the authorisation of a number of
chromium compounds with the aim of negotiating
longer lasting application and sunset dates.
Unfortunately many of the other EU Member States
accepted the Commission's final offer of 35 months
for the last application date and 53 months for the
sunset dates and so this was approved by qualified
majority voting. This decision was forwarded to the
European Parliament for a period of 3 months
scrutiny before coming into force sometime around
European Chemical Agency (ECHA)
The Agency has released a statement that the
candidate list now has 138 substances on the list of
‘Substances of Very High Concern’ (SVHC) based on
a chemical’s carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, toxicity to
reproduction and persistent/bio-accumulative
properties. These chemicals may be banned under
the European Union’s REACH law.
Ed. Note: Mistakes have been made in the spelling of
some chemical substances which have been placed on
the web and apparently cannot be corrected.
Company fined over chemical exposure
A Cambridge company and a HSE Consultant have
been fined after a paint sprayer suffered eye
irritation, breathing difficulties, headaches and the
lack of ability to concentrate after working with
harmful substances including trichloroethylene and
paints containing isocyanates and is now no longer
able to work. The company was fined £9,000 and
ordered to pay costs.
After the hearing HSE Inspector Robert Meardon said
“The company failed to ensure the health of its
employees because it employed the wrong person to
give health and safety advice”.
The knowledge of the person concerned was in
quality control and he did not have adequate
knowledge of health and safety for the work going on
in this company. He failed to make them aware of the
‘do’s and don'ts regarding the use of hazardous
Company News & Products
Sifco Applied Surface Concepts
Sifco has been acquired by Norman Hay plc
including the four sites in the US as well as their
operations in France, Sweden and the UK.
Mark Smith, European General Manager states:-
“There will be no changes to the service currently
provided to customers and it is hoped through
synergies with the operation of the Norman Hay
Group Internationally additional processes and
services can be offered.
Sifco ASC sales representatives will be contacting
clients to explain the change in ownership, to
reassure them of our continued commitment to
serve them and answer any questions”.
Tecvac, part of the Wallwork Group, is advocating the
application of Diamolith, a diamond-like carbon
coating, to improve the endurance and performance
of critical engineering components.
Applications for this carbon coating arise in
industries such as engineering, automotive and
aerospace where life and performance of wear
components such as gears and camshafts can be
greatly extended, likewise moulding tools and dies, by
prolonging life and increase product quality and yield
by prevention of sticking and binding.
Coatings are applied by plasma-enhanced chemical
vapour deposition (PECVD) at relatively low
temperature so the characteristics of the base
material are unchanged. The grey to black
amorphous carbon coating produces a mix of graphite
and diamond structures that give natural lubrication
and exceptional hardness.
The coating can be applied to steel, aluminium,
titanium and many engineering and aerospace
Future information, contact: Simeon Collins, Sales
Director: Tel:0161 797 9111, Fax:0161 763 1861
Siebec UK Ltd
Congratulations to Siebec who have achieved
Please note that Malcolm Wilcox has retired, we wish
him a long and happy retirement.
Future contact should now be made to Neal Davies.
Tel: 01785 227700, Fax:01785 246006
Institute of Corrosion
John Fletcher, Technical Support Manager of
Elcometer has been elected to the post of Vice
President, following ICorr’s AGM in November. He
will serve for 2 years up to the AGM to be held at the
end of November 2014.
Seminar -14 March 2013 in Rotherham
A new dawn for metals:
Emerging manufacturing techniques for metallic
Visionary engineers are leading a new industrial
revolution. Their application of innovative
techniques in designing and manufacturing is
revolutionising many industry sectors which
employ metallic structures.
At both the macro and micro level, metallic
structures are undergoing a renaissance.
Incorporating a tour of the University of Sheffield
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, this
seminar features in-depth analysis of some of the
techniques your company needs to acquire to be at
the forefront of manufacturing.
Who Should Attend:
From aerospace to construction to medical engineering,
manufacturers could be benefiting from:
•Unprecedented product design freedom
•Using minimal raw materials and considerably less
•Reducing carbon emissions
Book now or view the full programme:
Alternatively, call Lisa Meenan on
+44 (0)20 7973 1242
Polcoat creates a durable colourless flex coating for
the Metal Finishing Industry.
A new award winning coating process for the
deposition of fine polyamide films directly on a
conductive surface is the key, enabling material
process for protecting conductive surfaces with a
flexible transparent film.
Datum offer a free sample for evaluation, please
or use the contacts page at
For further information please contact
Dr Peter Jefferies, Tel: 01929 471517
This company has introduced what it bills as the
‘worlds first wipe-on clear coating,’ an air-and
humidity-cured one-component clear coating.
Vecdor Nano-Clear Wipe-On Coating is a highly
cross–linked polyurethane based nanocoating
system that cures with air temperature greater than
30oF and relative humidity greater than 30%.
It has been developed to permanently restore
original colour, gloss and surfaceh ardness.
For moreinfo rmation:www.nanocoatings.com
EDF Energy has selected Hardide Coating as a cost
effective, high performance solution to extend the life
of the boiler-feed steam valves at a nuclear power
The coating was selected because of its ability to coat
internal surfaces evenly, and ease of
implementation and maintenance. It has enabled
EDF Energy to continue to use existing equipment
which would have been very expensive to replace, as
well as require validation and safety case development
and will allow them to operate smoothly between
The Group based in Bromsgrove has designed a new
durablespray which will coat wood, upvc and glass
with all the characteristics of metal. The 90% metal
based spray is available in solvent, water and textured
Paul Harris, director said “This new product provides
new possibilities for innovative product design
and will capture minute design details.
For more information Tel: 01527 877129
New members & transfers
Graduate of the Institute (GradIMF)
Purcell, Elaine Syler Technology
Hosken, Simon Alpha-Fry Ltd
Burslem, Richard Wallwork Heat Treat
Material Science Module by Tutored Route
Cox, Leigh ) South West
Mayer, Christopher ) Metal Finishing
Underhill, John )
Having now passed 4 Technician Modules, these
students are awarded the Advanced Technician
Sheffield & North West Branch
The Annual Dinner and Dance will be held on
Saturday 16 March 2013 at the Thorpe Park Hotel and
Spa with a live band entertainment.
Please contact John Torr for further information.
Senior Member Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 April
2013 at Exeter House. The speaker will be Dr Tony
Hart with the title of Words of Wisdom.
Usual arrangement – assemble 12.00 for 12.30
buffet lunch, socialise with colleagues following the
talk. Please advise David of your intention to attend.