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IMFormation June 2012
The organising committee for Transfair 13 is pleased to provide members with an
update on the planning for this exciting event for 2013 and to advise that the dates
are now confirmed.
Transfair 13 will take place over three days at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum,
at Gaydon, Warwickshire, commencing Tuesday 11 June and closing Thursday 13
The conference section of the event will feature technical presentations from
industry and academia on subjects concerning surface finishing for the automotive,
aerospace, rail and marine industries. We plan to attract an exciting blend of
speakers from all parts of the transportation finishing industries.
Alongside the conference, we will be running an inter-active exhibition, featuring
stands from major suppliers to the world transport industries. We are very pleased
to report that on current enquiries received, we anticipate take up of exhibition
stands will be brisk.
On the Wednesday evening, our President will host the conference dinner, also to
be held at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum. We cordially invite all of you who
are planning to attend the conference to the dinner, where we plan to have an
interesting and lively after-dinner speaker.
Our organising team would welcome submissions of ideas for papers to be given
at the conference, or any other helpful ideas!
Also, if your company would like to exhibit, please get in touch with us.
In the first instance, please address any enquiries through Ken Hoare at Exeter
House; he will be pleased to give you updated information.
Put the dates in your diary now, and we look forward to welcoming old and
new friends at Gaydon in June 2013.
Health, Safety & Environment
Illegal discharge prosecution.
A West Midlands company has been prosecuted for
flouting sewage discharge regulations resulting in a
fine of nearly £7,000. It is a criminal offence under
section 121 of the Water Industry Act 1991 to
contravene conditions regulating the nature and
composition of trade effluent discharged into a public
The waste water services director for Severn Trent
Water, commented “ The limits we set to regulate trade
discharges are calculated to ensure they do not
adversely effect the capacity of our sewage works to
efficiently treat sewage. Exceeding this consent is not
only illegal but it can also damage the treatment
process and risk causing harm to the environment”.
It is understood the situation was caused by a sticking
solenoid dosing valve.
What’s New on the HSE’s website
For details of recent prosecutions and other
information, access the HSE website at
Environment Agency Wales
The Agency recently took action to get the land
owner’s to remove harmful chemicals from a factory
site. Contractors removed 502 containers and emptied
5 lagoons of hydrochloric, chromic and sulphuric
acids and sodium hydroxide amongst others.
The former electroplating site had been empty for
Company News & Products
Lea Manufacturing Co.
The company is very pleased to announce the
appointment of Tracey Griffin and Nick Challand to
the new positions of Operations Director and
Commercial Director respectively.
Tracey joined Lea as a Buyer in 1988 then moved into
Accounts where she progressed to the position of
Accounts Manager in 2000. The Purchasing
Department was added to her responsibilities in 2007.
As Operations Director Tracey will assume additional
responsibility for the Company’s internal
administration and systems.
Nick joined the Company in 1994, again initially in
the Purchasing Department. He moved to the Sales
Department in 1995 and was then transferred to Lea’s
newly acquired W.W. Laycock and Sons subsidiary in
1998, as its Commercial Director. Following the
merger of W.W. Laycock with the Mop making
division of Merridale Polishing and Plating in 2004
Nick came back to Lea as Commercial Manager,
taking additional sales responsibilities in 2008. As
Commercial Director, Nick will take on further responsibilities
for the Company’s Sales, Marketing and
Technical Support Functions.
Kevin Thurlow, Lea’s Managing Director, said that
these promotions reflect the Board’s confidence in
Nick and Tracey’s past and future contribution to the
Aerotech Laboratories Ltd
Aerotech Laboratories Ltd have received Nadcap Accreditation
for Chemical Processing. Following the
successful completion of the PRI evaluation process,
accreditation was granted for:-
AC7198/4 - Nadcap Audit Criteria for independent
Testing Laboratories in Support of Chemical Processing
For further information contact: Mark Ricketts
Tel: 024 7647 474 or email:
The company has capacity for ‘full line supplier’ for
all your chemical needs, including cleaning, pickling,
main processes, post treatment and further we can help
with treating the effluent before discharge.
They are also pleased to be the sole UK distributor for
Glomax srl. Glomax has a full line of speciality
processes including Acid Zinc, Alkaline Zinc Nickel
12-14% as well as a range of dynamic Trivalent
passivates fully ELV and WEEE compliant
They also announced the availability of ALBATROS,
a trivalent conversion coating for aluminium capable
of coating any aluminium alloy which meets or exceeds
MIL-DTL-81706B and MIL-DTL-5541F for
Contact Peter, Phillip or Chris for further help and
information 01675 462528
Thermal Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) has been applied,
using the company’s MK7 3 flame spray equipment,
to protect an offshore oil platform from corrosion.
Designed and constructed by SLP Engineering and
coated by Gardwell Coatings Ltd the structure will be
erected in the North Sea later this year. The platform
has a predicted life to first maintenance in excess of
20 years, even in the harsh environment that is the
North Sea oilfields.
Ascott Analytical Equipment Ltd
The company has introduced a new, self-contained
unit designed to remove highly corrosive salt from the
chamber exhaust without the need to vent to
atmosphere outside the building. A new Exhaust Salt
chamber and only requires a connection to the
chamber exhaust outlet, single phase electricity and a
pressurised water supply. Commented Chris Gates MD
of Ascott “ We believe this is an important addition to
our range because it enables users to benefit from salt
spray and cyclic corrosion test cabinets virtually
irrespective of their location in a factory”.
Further details – Chris Gates Tel: 01827 318041
Email : email@example.com
New members & transfers
Dowling, Dennis University College, Dublin
Dunn, John TMD Technology Ltd
Johnson, Matthew Praxair Surface Tech.
Tutored Technician - Plating Practice
Addis, Jessica )
Banton, Marcell ) Poeton Industries
Wallace, Daniel )
The Vilnius Center for Physical Sciences
and Technology (VCPS & T)
The Institute of Materials Finishing is pleased to announce
that VCPS & T has become a Sustaining Member.
The history of this learned establishment goes back
some time and during the Soviet era, it acquired a
deserved reputation for the excellence of its research
in electrochemistry. The Center still has a significant
staff of highly qualified research scientists and is a
prolific generator of papers and ground breaking
developments. To quote from their brochure,
“trailblazing should be our inherent feature”.
Barry Gay, Secretary General of the IMF recently
visited Vilnius and cemented the relationship with
Professor Rimantas Ramanauskas, Deputy Director
and Head of the Institute of Chemistry at the Center.
Subsequent to the recent visit, Fellowship of the IMF
was granted to Professors Rimantas Ramanauskas &
Eugenijus Norkus for their significant contributions to
New Sustaining Members
NMB – Minebea UK Ltd
Lincoln, LN6 3RA
Tel: 01522 500933, Fax: 01952 500976
NMB lead the market place for landing gear bearings,
suspension bearings and tram coupling bearings. NMB
are supplying programmes which include Airbus
A380. A350 and Boeing 787.
Rectifier Technologies (UK) Ltd
Sturmer Road, Haverhill,
Tel: 01440 706777. Fax: 01440762810
Designers and manufacturers of highly efficient,
programmable, switch mode D.C. power supplies for
the electroplating industry. The rectifiers are capable
of varied duty cycle pulsed current, for pulse reversal
output offering many benefits.
Peninsula Business Services Ltd
The Peninsula, 2 Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester, M4 4FB
Tel: 0161 827 9918/07966112075
The Company advises on employment law and health
& safety at work issues. Over the years their list of
services has increased to include everything to mirror
an in-house HR or H&S department.
Wychwood Water Systems Ltd
Unit K, Country Park,
Avenue Two, Station Lane
Witney, Oxford OX28 4YD
Tel: 01993 892211. Fax: 01993 892212
Manufacturer of a complete range of ionmaster
deionisers, reverse osmosis and exchange deionising
and media cylinders. They undertake complete
turn-key projects to provide deionised water and rinse
Out and About
June 12 – 14, NEC Birmingham
Farnborough International Airshow 2012
July 9 – 13, Farnborough Airfield, Hampshire
Institute of Circuit Technology
Southern Area Evening Seminar
September 4, Newtown Hotel, Hayling Island, supported
by Spirit Circuits commencing at 17.30
followed by buffet refreshment
Register with: bill.wilkie@instCT.org
Marine Coating Conference
Hamburg 5/6 September 2012 at the SMM trade fair
entitled The Environment and Regulations. Full programme
available soon on the website.
Engineering Design Show
October 10 – 11, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Pipeline Protection ‘Hot’ Topics and Marine
October 15-18, Edinburgh
The conference brochure can be downloaded from:
Surface World with Correx 2013
Pavilion, NEC Birmingham
24 –26 September 2013
Further information, contact Nigel Bean, Tel:
+44(())1442 826826 Fax: +44(0)1442 823400