15 Apr Past, Present and Future on Display at Recent ICME Branch Event

Richard Heath, Cast Metals Federation’s Environment, Health & Safety Officer was one of the speakers at the latest Technical Seminar organised by the Chesterfield and Sheffield Branch of ICME, and provided delegates with an update on the HSE’s focus and strategic plan, advice on handling fumes from welding and the support that is available through the CMF and the UK industry’s own dedicated health and safety initiative, SHIFT.

With around 50 delegates from the industry in attendance at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, AMRC, near Rotherham, there was a full programme of presentations, followed by a tour of CTi’s facilities.

Delegates enjoyed hearing about the proud history of the iron foundry industry in Scotland from founder Andrew Laing of Charles Laing & Sons, and some of the beautiful iron castings adorning parks and buildings around the world, as well as an inspiring talk from Mark Rixham, owner of Simpson Patterns Ltd who spoke about the importance of embracing new technologies, collaboration and continued evolution in today’s modern manufacturing environment.  Describing the new National Foundry Training Centre as a ‘God Send’ he urged delegates to ‘get involved’ to ensure that the industry develops the next generation of foundry technicians and skilled craftsmen.

Other speakers included Ulrich Voigt, ASK Chemicals, who spoke about developments in feeder technology, as well as Jon Donahoe and Matt Cawood who give an update on Cti’s Member Services and current projects.

Picture shows from left Matt Cawood, Cti, Andrew Laing, Charles Laing & Sons, Mark Rixham, Simpson Patterns Ltd, Steve Illingworth, ASK (Event Compere), Will Jeffs, Cti and Richard Heath, CMF.

Angela Mason
Angela Mason