On Monday 12th April, the West Midlands Branch and a total of 48 attendees from across the UK and the internet, were again treated to very well presented and extremely professional, high standard technical lecture and webinar delivered by the branch. The lecture ‘Creating a Secure, Sustainable Future by Reducing Hazardous Waste and Improving Energy Efficiency’ was kindly presented by Mr. Andrew Tagg of John Winters and Co. Ltd

Mr Tagg expertly gave a clear and very interesting overview, with examples of some of the inputs and outputs a modern foundry must consider whilst getting to grips with the changing environmental requirements with respect to Energy and Hazardous materials with examples of the upcoming challenges of Energy reduction and the changes away from some of our standard materials such as Crystalline Silica and the long term duty of care requirements of residues of phenol, for example, in our sand waste streams.

The level of interest for this technical lecture was again clearly shown in the extent of the Q and A session at the end of the lecture, and Mr Tagg showed his depth of expertise, particularly in relation to the latest trends in the USA, when answering the questions.  We again touched on the role of the foundry in the feasibility stage with customers, in relation to designing methods that could be with the use of lead free alloys and optimized core packs for the holistic control of raw materials.  Karl Hopkins (next year’s West Midlands President) thanked Andrew for this talk and then the ICME members also thanked him in our usual way with a round of applause.