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Meeting, Christmas Lectures & Luncheon
Wednesday 15 December
2004 at the
36 Harborne Road,
The order of
the day for this event will be:
10:30 Coffee and biscuits
Investiture of the New President – Dr Trevor Pearson
11.10 Hothersall Memorial Lecture
Perception of Colour by Dr Peter Farr
marks the 300 th anniversary of the publication of the first edition
of Newton’s Opticks. In this work Newton first presented
the physical nature of light and its relation to colour. The colours
which enrich our life depend on the objects we see, on the light illuminating
them, on our human eyes and on the “mind’s eye”.
What we see is not what we get; in the end seeing is believing. Members
are requested not to wear red, for this lecture. Red colours may excite
a mixture of fear, rage and lust in the lecturer; furthermore they
are likely to clash and could lead to an unflattering photographic
Electrochemistry in Conservation by Dr Sheelagh Campbell
conservation programme for composite structures of wood and iron from
the s.v.Cutty Sark was established whereby electrochemistry
was used to remove aggressive chloride ions from the wood/iron matrix.
The presence of these species is a major problem associated with the
conservation of marine artefacts and although studies had proven the
usefulness of the technique for the conservation of large metal structures
e.g. the World War I gunboat M33, its effects on chloride-ion
contaminated wood/iron composites had not been evaluated. This lecture
will describe how the technique was successfully employed and confirmed
the feasibility of using electrolysis to remove chloride ions from
Presidential Address followed by the AGM for year ended 30 June 2004
The Future of the Electroplating Industry in Europe by Dr Trevor Pearson
Electroplating industry is currently facing considerable pressure
from legislation. This presentation will give an update on the latest
position with regard to REACH, IPPC, restrictions on the use of PFOS,
the ban on NPEs and the changes in the toxicity ratings of Chromic
acid and Nickel salts. These changes will have a considerable influence
in shaping the future of electroplating within Europe.
Following the AGM there will be the presentation of the Institute
Prize (Riley Industries) The
Johnson Matthey Silver Medal
Bi-centenary Medal The
Jim Kape Medal
The Eddie Marlow
Memorial Award The
Connie Sieff Memorial Award
Non-members and guests are welcome to attend this event. Why not use
this occasion to entertain your business partners, clients and customers,
or why not host your own company table. The cost for non-members is
£23.50 each (£20.00 + £3.50 VAT) inclusive of coffee
on arrival and full Christmas lunch with wine.
Book your places
NOW by contacting Exeter House
Tel: 0121 622
7387, Fax: 0121 666 6316 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health, Safety and Environment
of hazardous waste by Landfill
All waste producers,
site operators and intermediaries should already be aware that they
have a legal duty to ensure that waste is properly consigned to authorised
management facilities capable of dealing with the waste. The ban of
co-disposal came into force on 16 July 2004.
classified as landfills for hazardous wastes will only be able to
accept such waste; and
Failure to comply
with the ban is an offence under the Landfill (England and Wales)
Regulations 2002 as amended, and carries a maximum sentence of an
unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment.
Companies should ensure
that the person they are giving their waste to is properly authorised.
If in doubt check with the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506
Refinishing – Impact of the new EU ‘Paints’ Directive
A new European
Directive was published in the Official Journal on 30 April 2004,
part of which tackles volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from
coatings sold for vehicle refinishing activities by specifying maximum
VOC limits for individual product categories. The new limits will
come into effect from 1 January 2007, from which date it will no longer
be possible to sell to vehicle refinishing shops, whatever their solvent
usage, coatings which do not comply with the new Directive limits.
The Directive must be transposed into UK law by 30 October 2005.
– Accident Book
Are you using
the new-style accident book? Many companies appear not to know that
it has changed. It has been completely re-designed, making it easier
to be filled in. The individual record sheets allow for the confidential
keeping of workers’ personal details to be kept and meet the
privacy requirements of the Data Protection Act. The book, which costs
£4.75 + VAT, comes with a complimentary copy of the new leaflet,
An introduction to health and safety (INDG259). Contact HSE
Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel: 10787 881165,
Fax: 01787 313995
Prosecutions on the increase
Courts in all
jurisdictions are seeing an increase in cases involving waste. Recent
cases have covered waste oils, packaging wastes, fridges, construction
waste and soils. In the case of oils, the UK has found itself in the
European Court of Justice who held that the UK was in breach of the
EU Directive on Waste Oils by failing to give priority to
company was fined £9000 with £1325 costs for breaking
regulations designed to cut the amount of packaging waste being incinerated
or going to landfill.
12,000 litres of concentrated sulphuric acid was released to a trade
effluent system from a bulk storage tank. On investigation it was
found that the storage tank was empty as the drain valve was damaged
as a result of corrosion. The Environment Agency issues an enforcement
notice requiring the company to complete an inspection of all bulk
storage tanks, identify other bulk systems with the potential to pollute,
and to plan and prioritise remedial work.
for thought – Did you know?
and inexpensive measures can typically reduce water consumption
by up to 50%.
Each year UK industry uses
c.3,000 million m 3 of water, most of which needs to be treated before
and after use.
Company News and Products
E C Williams
to E C Williams Ltd, an IMF Sustaining Member, who has had its environmental
credentials boosted by the award of ISO 14001, the International Environmental
Management Standard. They selected a radical fast-track approach around
a concept known as Evolve 14k1 with guidance from E9 Ltd.
Accreditation was achieved in less than six months from each project
MD calculated that that gaining ISO 14001 would deliver immediate
benefits to the company, part of which is a reduction in the cost
of gaining an IPPC permit. E C Williams specialises in two main areas
of expertise – extended corrosion resistant finishes primarily
to the automotive industries, who have a preference for suppliers
with ISO 14001 accreditation, and coatings for the electrical and
– Tel: 0121 236 2524
a Sustaining Member of the IMF, who have a long history of engineering
apprenticeships and craft skills training, has featured in an ‘Apprenticeship
Challenge’ launched by Gloucester’s evening paper The
Citizen. This is a Government initiative to urge companies to
take on more young apprentices. The article promoting the challenge
featured two employees who had both been former Poeton apprentices.
The Citizen’s editor Ian Mean says ‘Poeton provide
a positive model for businesses in the region and we hope it will
encourage others to take up the Apprenticeship Challenge in order
to create more highly skilled and effective employees’
– Tel: 01452 300500
Tecan, the Weymouth
based high-tech and high-spec company, and an IMF Sustaining Member,
announces the appointment of Seamus Bourke as Business Manager of
its metal finishing facility. Seamus has been in the electroplating
and finishing world for 25 years and his appointment is designed to
augment and reinforce Tecan’s market-leading position whilst
pursuing next generation solutions for high performance OEM applications
across a wide range of industries.
electroplated/electroless finishes as well as anodisng of aluminium
and titanium, stainless steel passivation, chromating and chemical
blacking are obtainable from Tecan.
– Tel: 01305 765432
have secured the Worx distribution for Europe. MD John Kegg says ‘
It is not often that one can claim to be bringing something revolutionary
to the market, but with Worx, I am proud to think that here is something
that truly fits that description’.
Worx is a new,
eco-friendly, biodegradable and incredibly effective, natural hand
cleaner that has the potential to make existing, chemical-based cleanings
ranges obsolete. When it comes into contact with water, it begins
the process of biogradation breaking down most types of dirt –
oils, greases, printers inks, paints etc – and encapsulates
them Since it contains no pumice or sand abrasive materials it can
never clog or adversely affect drains and has the same effect on drains
as it does on hands.
contact Winplus on 01223 837629
introduced Sealless Magnetic Coupled Pumps with new design features.
Manufactured in the UK in robust polypropylene & PVDF corrosion
resistant plastics (stainless steel pumps are also available) to provide
heavy duty performance and leak free operation in even the most demanding
applications, such as the transfer and recirculation of acids, alkalis
High strength, thermally
stable polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) rear spindle housing and Graflon®
(graphite filed PTFE) bearings enable these pumps to run dry.
- Flow rates up to 50
m 3/h and 37 m head
- Run dry capability
for periods up to 1 hour
- Male BSP connections
up to 2” & 3” flanged
For more information
– Tel: 0161 872 1317
of Engineering Council (EC UK )
The IMF was
recently visited by EC UK for re-approval as a Professional Affiliate.
The team of Keith Dennis, Trevor Pearson and Ron Read adequately answered
all EC UK questions with supporting documentation. They were particularly
impressed with how the IMF provided education and training opportunities
and independent accreditation by the examination and qualification
board. We look forwards to receiving EC UK re-approval as a Professional
Affiliate in due course.
members and transfers
Cromwell P Sheffield
Melaku M London
Beer G.R *. Taddiport, Devon
Ford S * Lichfield
Sustaining Member Companies
Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd
20 Stourbridge Road,
West Midland B63 3US
Tel: 0121 550 7631, Fax: 0121 585 5083
Contact: Duncan Simpson – Accounts Executive
Broakers provide Insurance Broking and Risk Management solution to
commercial, corporate & private clients.
Stretford Motorway Estate,
Tel: 0161 865 8058, Fax: 0161 865 0096
Contact: Elizabeth Henderson – Techical Services Manager
have developed Metal Jacket TM coating technology for ferrous substrates
which is an auto-depositing corrosion resistant primer for rubber-to-metal
Shropshire SY4 4NR
Tel: 01939 252463, Fax: 01939 251118
Contact: Richard Walton – Marketing & Membership Manager
Rapra is a leading
independent plastics and rubber specialist organisation providing
consultancy, technology, and information services for the polymer
industry and for industries using polymers in their products or processes.
The Royal Mint
Tel: 01443 222111, Fax: 01443 623499
Contact: Matthew James – Process Manager
The Mint is
responsible for the production of coins for the UK and overseas customers.
It also produces military and civilian decorations, commemoratives
medal and Royal and Offical Seals
The IMFormation Newsletter
newsletter is published bi-monthly to inform the IMF’s International
membership of over 800 key decision-makers within the Surface Engineering
and Finishing community of current trends and views.
be kept informed on all up-to-date issues that affect them, including:
- Health, Safety and
- Company and research
- New product and process
- Company vacancies
- Plant and equipment
- Technical innovations
- BSI. CEN AND ISO Standard
- Events, conferences
.In order for
your company to take advantage of this prestigious publication you
can Advertise in it at very reasonable cost (i.e.
4.5cm x 5.5 cm size for £40 - with 10% discount for 6 issues
– larger advertisements costs can be negotiated!)
on 0121 308 0777 to book your space!!
regrets to announce the death of William MacLeod Ross FIQA, FIMF.
A full obituary will be printed in a future edition of the Transactions.
Out and About
– 30 November-3 December
Lyon Eurexpo, France.
Details from Michèle Jackson, Tel: 020 8216 3100
IWEX 2004 –
7-8 December, NEC, Birmingham
Details Tel: 01895 454448, www.iwex.co.uk
Nano and Hybrid
25/26 January 2005, Manchester Conference Centre.
Details from PRA, Tel: 020 8614 4811
+ Powder Coating Europe
11 – 15 April 2005, Hannover Fair, Germany
Details from Mark Decker, Tel: +49 511 89 31127
CALL FOR PAPERS
3 rd ALUMEX
Conference 2005. 27/28 March 2005 together with the International
exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Conference for the
Professional Updating in Aluminium Technologies. Send 200 word
abstract to the Technical Secretariat at INTERALL Sri-Via Marinuzzi
38 – 41100 Modena, Italy
CALL FOR PAPERS
16 th International
Corrosion Congress, 19-24 September 2005. Beijing, China.
language for the congress is English.
is soliciting papers for presentation either orally or at poster sessions.
A 300 – 500 word abstract is required by 30 November 2004, and
should be sent to the Congress Secretariat at:
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Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection
30 Xue Yuan Lu (Rd)
Beijing 100083, China