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Budget 2021 sets path for recovery

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, released the Budget for 2021 on March 3rd, confirming extension to the business rates holiday and furlough scheme, as well as new £6k ‘restart’ grants for non-essential retailers.

QUALICOAT meet online

Once again the Association meets online for its first members meeting of 2021 and it is hoped by all that the next meeting in the year could be back to some sort of normal! There was a very good turnout of members at the meeting and a broad agenda to cover.

UK coatings industry faces significant challenges as result of the new Free Trade Agreement with the EU

A recent survey of British Coatings Federation (BCF) members demonstrates how Brexit has impacted negatively on the coatings sector in the form of new customs red-tape and higher costs since 1st January. The survey reported higher shipping costs, increased costs of imported raw materials, and new administration costs to complete customs paperwork, with 30% of companies estimating increases in total operating costs of 3-10%.

SERFILCO's Mission Statement

Simply stated, SERFILCO´s mission is to be a proactive partner with their customers and the industries they serve to meet the challenges imposed by a global economy and increasingly stringent governmental controls regarding safety and waste reduction.

Powder Coat Failures and How to Avoid Them

Powder coating is applied in various plants across the UK using the well known methodology of spraying electrostatically charged fine polyester based powders onto a product rather than using a wet solvent or painting method. Products powder coated are then baked at an optimum temperature to melt the powder which allows it to flow, the product is then allowed to cool and the coating sets. The problem is, like most opaque coatings, whilst the finish looks good, any coating can hide a multitude of sins on the surface of the metal, the substrate, which will become evident over time.

New premises addition at Lanemark helps with crisis response

Lanemark Combustion Engineering Ltd., manufacturers of process gas burner systems used in a range of industrial operations – from metal pretreatment to brewing – is making full use of a new fabrication facility to help meet challenges posed by the current global issue. The Nuneaton-based company had brought a new production unit on stream just prior to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and says it is now helping it maintain customer commitments while also observing the appropriate social distancing advice and instructions.

HMG apprentices complete first ever Industrial Coatings Application Apprenticeship

Two apprentices from Manchester based HMG Paints are amongst the first in the country to complete the new Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship. Josh Taylor and Nathan Eckersley took part in the Apprenticeship which was managed by DN Colleges Group and operated by Jack Tighe and sees the pair complete the apprenticeship as ICATS Time Served Apprentices with an extremely high level of technical and application competence. Apprenticeships and investment in staff is a key development for HMG as it builds the future for itself whilst playing a key role in Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Statergy.

New PhoenixTM Thermal View Software . . . New Paint Cure Analysis Power

PhoenixTM has released a new version of Thermal View Finishing software complimenting it range of thru-process temperature profiling systems used in the Coating industry. The Finishing software brings some significant new analysis and reporting features designed specifically for temperature monitoring paint and powder cure processes.

Pandemic focuses manufacturing companies on the need to rethink UK support

The current Covid19 situation has exacerbated the massive hole in the UK servicing and support market for hermetically sealed degreasing systems. Traditionally many engineering companies have depended upon European engineers travelling to the UK to undertake not only basic maintenance and servicing but also to solve ongoing issues. As well as proving to be expensive the entire concept has often involved “grouping” service visits between operators in an attempt to minimise costs as far as possible. This has frequently resulted in significant delays in support, sometimes to the detriment of ongoing system integrity.