The Institute of Materials Finishing -  the international institute for industrial and academic professionals in surface finishing and coating


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT)
This is the trade association for the UK automotive industry. It supports and promotes the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad.

Rail Alliance
The Rail Alliance spans all aspects of the Rail Sector enabling its members to Network, Collaborate and Innovate with both suppliers and customers in order for them to Thrive as businesses through its extensive list of industry contacts and its regular programme of networking events, seminars and focused one-to-one support. The Rail Alliance is plugged into the UK Rail R&D communities with MIRA, TSB, Transport KTN and TRL among its members; the Rail Research UK Association (it has particularly strong links with the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Rail Research and Education) and the European Rail Cluster Initiative.

MACH 2016
The MTA is a trade body for companies working in the engineering manufacturing sector. Member companies are mainly involved in manufacturing or supply of engineering technology. The MTA delivers the iconic exhibition focused on manufacturing Technology – MACH.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
This is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Our 100,000 members work at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries.
With a 160-year heritage supporting us, today’s Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, we create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.
We truly believe we can improve the world through engineering. So the Institution finds and nurtures new talent, helping engineers build their careers and take on the challenges that, when solved, will make a difference to all of us.
In the UK, engineering has achieved great successes, but in a quiet way. We’re looking to shout about the achievements of our members and the industry, taking a positive, inspiring message into schools and out into the media. By being independent of both government and business, and avoiding strategic relationships with single-issue bodies or pressure groups, we can deliver genuinely impartial advice in a passionately committed manner.

Institution of Engineering Designers
Established in 1945, Incorporated by Royal Charter in 2012, the Institution of Engineering Designers is the only organisation in the UK to represent those working in the many fields of engineering (and product) design.
Our members enjoy a number of benefits, from advice on professional codes of conduct to a helpful advice line. We host regular events which offer our members the chance to network with other professionals. Members also receive the Institution’s bi monthly journal – Engineering Designer.
We are committed to encouraging CPD for all our members, and support ongoing training and skills development.
We are licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates wishing to join the EC's Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians and we also accredit its training courses. Those members who achieve the appropriate academic and competence standards receive Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician status.

The Nickel Institute
Founded in 1984 for the purpose of market development of nickel and its alloys and became The Nickel Institute in 2004 when it merged with NiPERA (Nickel Producers’ Environmental Association). Representing more than 85% of the world’s nickel producers, we promote the production and recycling of nickel in an environmentally responsible manner by promoting sustainable production and usage and developing sound science. We also offer free technical advice about nickel, its properties and uses through a worldwide network of highly qualified specialists.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service
West Midlands (MAS-WM) is dedicated to making a difference to manufacturing in the region. MAS can provide immediate impartial manufacturing advice, subsidised in depth project support and access to technical expertise and sources of additional support. Call 0845 245 0845 or visit our website.

The Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA)
The world’s leading industry body for minor metals. MMTA has over 100 members in 25 countries who represent producers, traders, consumers and service industries associated with minor metals. Since it was set up in 1973 the MMTA has worked to improve the efficiency of the international minor metals market and develop new business opportunities for its members. Services provided by MMTA include standardised minor metal contracts, approved warehousing facilities, arbitration processes, and a wide range of market information and assistance. Industry journals that use MMTA metal norms as the basis of their pricing include Metal Bulletin, Metal Pages, Platts and Thomson Reuters.

Engineering Workplace Ltd
We are the electronic centre of trade for UK engineering.

ICME - the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers
The membership organisation for all those involved in the casting industry and it associated industries.

The Institute of Physics
It is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics. It has a worldwide membership of more than 36 000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.

Manufacturing Word News
Was launched in 2008. It is the online manufacturing magazine brought to you by JayMac International to provide you with up to date world news about the latest global manufacturing developments. A bulk email alert is sent monthly to the Manufacturing World News database to inform subscribers and potential subscribers that the latest issue is now online, or that the latest Breaking News updates have been added. We will keep you informed through stories, news, and information on the hottest innovations and the latest exhibitions and conferences worldwide. When travelling Manufacturing News will be part of your journey and it will be your very own information service.To subscribe apply by email to

SAMFA is an association that offers support to South African Businesses engaged in electroplating, e-coating, anodising or powder coating and any related activities. Our focus is on reducing the negative environmental impact of industry activities and raising the quality of product produced by the industry. To this end we are in engaged in Resource Conservation initiatives and technical training programmes targeted at the metal finishing industry. We produce two publications, S A Metal Finisher, our industry journal that appears several times a year and the Metal Finishing Handbook and Buyers Guide that first appeared in 2008 and is revised every couple of years. The 2011 version will be released soon.

The Institute of Circuit Technology was formed in 1974 to provide a forum to discuss the technology of printed circuit and related technology and quickly grew to become the premier Institute for printed circuit professionals. We provide a professional status to those engaged in all aspects of design, manufacture and supply chain of the Printed Circuit Industry by using the following grading structure: - Student Member, Associate Member A.Inst.C.T, Member M.Inst.C.T, Fellow F.Inst.C.T.
The strength of the ICT is in the individual members and to improve the standard of industry knowledge, we hold seminars, meetings and training courses to develop and provide opportunities to improve our knowledge of materials, processes and practices.
We are also improving our website to provide an easy access forum for discussion of all issues affecting members. Members are also kept in communication through emails, mailshots and our quarterly on-line Journal and are also able to have input into our Annual Scholarships.

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Next enrolment is 7 June 2019
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