22 Apr Exciting Prospects for the UK Foundry Industry
CMF chief executive officer Pam Murrell FICME encouraged delegates at the Foundry Workshop to continue to engage in cast metals industry activities and to further promote the benefits of working together for the benefit of all in the sector.
Speaking at the Foundry Equipment and Supplies Association (FESA) supported event, held at Warwick University on 11th April, Pam urged participants from foundries, academia and supply companies to be aware of the multitude of opportunities opening up in the sector in the UK.
Opening the Foundry Workshop at the start of her two-year long honorary role as FESA president, Pam said that there were “few conference-style opportunities” for the industry in the UK to get together. She told delegates: “We have a dynamic industry but we could produce more castings in the UK. These are challenging times but there are many positive things happening at the moment such as the several million pound investment at Brunel University, ongoing research work being carried at Cranfield University, the upcoming Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills with casting-specific training opportunities and plenty of other initiatives.”
Later in the day she gave a presentation entitled ‘Casting the future – a review of training for the UK industry’ in which she detailed the ambitions of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills. Working with other partners, including National Metalforming Centre neighbours the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and the Confederation of British Metalforming, CMF will strive to ensure that the proposed Elite Centre will meet the current and future training needs of the metal casting and associated industries in the UK. Working with CMF member companies and others in the sector, the objective is to develop an employer-led, partnership driven initiative that will ensure that the industry’s future skills demands are met. Based in Dudley, The Elite Centre will house offices, training suites and a foundry workshop.
Pam said: “It is always good to get to meet people and assess the current mood of the industry. I am delighted that those taking part in the Foundry Workshop were given the opportunity to see the many positive things that are in the pipeline for our industry, not least the enormous level of industry-led research and the exciting prospect of a bespoke foundry training facility which is due for completion in late 2017.”
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Dr Pam Murrell FICME of the Cast Metals Federation presents the FESA past president’s badge to immediate past president Steve Hill of Inductotherm during the Foundry Workshop