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Elements Autumn 2014

CIA Industry Awards 2014 Buyers Guide CLP Feature

European Road Freight Transport Specialists Sponsors of this edition of Elements

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and Eastern Europe ● Deep sea and air freight services worldwide ● Twice winners of the BIFA European Services Award

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Contact details John Roche Operations Manager Email: RocheJ@CIA.org.uk Alex Heys Member Services & Events Manager Tel: 01928 515678 Email: alexandra.heys@ chemicalsnorthwest.org.uk Advertising John Neilson, Distinctive Group Tel: 0845 884 2343 Mobile: 07813 874970 Email: john.neilson@ distinctivegroup.co.uk Disclaimer

Distinctive Publishing or Chemicals Northwest cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies that may occur, individual products or services advertised or late entries. No part of this publication may be reproduced or scanned without prior written permission of the publishers and Chemicals Northwest.


This edition is sponsored by ITAL Logistics

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Chemical Industry Awards 2014: a night of celebration A packed audience of 400 business leaders, regulators and politicians attended a fantastic night of celebration at the stunning new Point venue at Lancashire County Cricket Club on 26 June. Judges agreed that award entries were of a very high standard this year with a number of entries that would have made the short list in previous years being rejected. Case studies of all the award winners will be made available with the October issue of CIA Matters in our special Celebration of Success booklet. The evening was hosted by CIA Chief Executive and BBC Breakfast Business presenter Steph McGovern, who did a fantastic job managing the excited winners. CIA would like to thank all sponsors especially our headline sponsor ABB. The trophies this year were made by year 10 students at Bridgewater High School in Warrington with financial support from Solvay. The school is very keen to make contact with companies who may have any unwanted laboratory equipment, or pieces of plastic, wood or metal that could be used by the design department. If you are able to help please contact Lancasterm@cia.org.uk Congratulations to all the worthy winners of the 2014 Chemical Industry Awards The ABB Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency Award, Sponsored by ABB Engineering Services Limited. Winner: Huntsman Pigments Bilfinger Industrial Services Excellence in Engineering . Winner: Carcharodon The Gold Standard Skills Award, sponsored by COGENT and the National Skills Academy Process Industries. Winner: Essar Oil Reputation Award, Sponsored by Chemicals Northwest. Winner: Syngenta The BASF Young Ambassador Award. Winner: is Peter Harding, GSK Worthing Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored the Environment Agency. Winner: Huntsman Pigments GSK Innovation Award. Winner: Robinson Brothers Health Leadership Award Sponsored by Johnson Matthey. Winner: Novartis Responsible Care Special Award for Process Safety Leadership, Sponsored by Shell UK. Winner: Pentagon Chemicals INEOS Responsible Care Award Winner: GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston The CIA Company of the Year Award Winners: Huntsman Pigments and Robinson Brothers



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Nobel Prize Winner runs workshop at Catalyst! In July 2014, Trustees and staff at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre were delighted to welcome Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Sir Harry Kroto, to two events held at the centre. Professor Sir Harry Kroto, is an English chemist who grew up in Bolton, Lancashire before attending Sheffield University where he gained his BSc and PhD. In 1996 he was knighted for contributions to Chemistry and later that year, together with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of C60 Buckminsterfullerene, a new form of carbon. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, former President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is currently a professor at Florida State University. As a Patron of Catalyst, Professor Kroto and his wife Margaret, accepted an invitation to an informal evening reception on Wednesday 9th July where he was taken on a guided tour and met Trustees, sponsors and invited guests. The following day, Professor Kroto returned to Catalyst to present a workshop to over 100 local school pupils from West Bank Primary School, St Bede’s RC Primary School, Widnes and Didsbury CE Primary School, Manchester. The day began at 10.30am with a presentation from Professor Kroto before pupils took part in an hour long workshop to build their own model of C60 Buckminsterfullerene or ‘Buckyball’ as it is commonly known, ably assisted by student volunteers from Liverpool Life Sciences UTC.

Left to right – John Roche with Professor Kroto and Trevor Rhodes from Harman Technology

Phill Day, Education Manager at Catalyst said “It was amazing to see children from three local schools in the presence of a Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry, who clearly understood and remembered what it was like to be a child with an aspiration to succeed. Professor Kroto’s enthusiasm rubbed off on these children as they then constructed the ‘Buckyball’ models of the carbon that he so famously discovered.”

Sir Harry Kroto who travels extensively around the world, delivering these workshops said “I am so pleased that the children were inspired, as that makes our travels worthwhile”. Having just returned from teaching children in Columbia and Rome, Professor Kroto taught sessions at Sheffield and Bolton (where he studied) and from Catalyst was travelling on to Sussex before leaving for Moscow. Speaking about Catalyst, Professor Kroto said that he was very impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff and the work being done to excite children about science and vowed to promote Catalyst wherever he can. Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Chairman, Bryan Davies said “Catalyst had the most prestigious day in its history when Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Harry Kroto accepted the invitation to come and teach a session with the local pupils.” He added “Sir Harry is Lancashire born and his presentation to the assembled school children was inspirational and reinforced the values of studying STEM subjects as a worthwhile route for children to follow for future interest, stimulation and employment. As the UK’s only Science Discovery Centre dedicated to Chemistry, it was an honour and privilege to have a Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry at the Centre.”

Abi Kelly and Stephen Downey, from West Bank Primary School, Widnes, with Professor Kroto

You can find out more about Catalyst by visiting the website www.catalyst.org.uk



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Croda strengthens its Oil and Gas portfolio through latest acquisition

Global speciality chemical manufacturer Croda, announces the acquisition of JD Horizons Limited, a UK based business specialising in ‘Solutions for Flow Assurance’ technology. Founded in 1999 JD Horizons is today recognised as a market leader in additive technologies for flow assurance applications for international oil markets supplied under the FlowSolveTM trademark. Croda’s purchase of the trade and assets of the business strengthens its position in oilfield and refinery process chemicals and reinforces its commitment to supplying speciality additives to the oil and gas industry from production through to refinery. Using Croda’s well-established, global sales, marketing and manufacturing

expertise will ensure that existing and new customers of these products will benefit from optimised performance, global technical support and reliable high standards delivered at a local level. Rick Hanson, Global Managing Director, of Croda Oil & Gas, said: “This is a key strategic acquisition for our oil and gas business as it explores emerging and new markets, which will further build upon our global reach to meet our high growth expectations.”

moment for the FlowSolve business”, comments Dr Jack Dunlop, Founder and Managing Director of JD Horizons. “I cannot imagine a more suitable home for our business and look forward to working with the Croda Oil & Gas business team”. For more information about Croda Oil & Gas products and services please contact us. Tel: +44 (0)1405 860551 oilandgas@croda.com www.crodaoilandgas.com

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This is a key strategic acquisition for our oil and gas business as it explores emerging and new markets, which will further build upon our global reach to meet our high growth expectations.




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“I can rely on the buying club to provide all the support we need” Akcros Chemicals, a leading chemical additive supplier, employs more than 100 people working in manufacturing, research, administrative and business management roles at its global headquarters at Eccles in Manchester. It has been a member of the Chemicals North West Members’ Buying Club since 2008. Using the buying club, which gives access to deals on 100+ categories of noncore essential spends, Akcros has saved £25,000 on service contracts and about £20,000 on items including drums and lubricants. But the buying club, run by Independent Buyers Ltd, has helped in another way – taking on the management of a range of Akcros’s site services. This keeps costs down while ensuring service levels are constant.

The Problem: An initial assessment showed fluctuating service levels and standards of delivery that were hard to quantify. Akcros wanted to find better facilities management providers.

The Solution: Chemicals North West Members’ Buying Club worked with Akcros to create a tailored and flexible management solution

of contracts for essential support services - including cleaning, washroom services, security and vending. The buying club’s Contracts Manager works on-site one day a week and remotely to oversee all service contracts and manage the relationships with suppliers on behalf of Akcros.

The Result: n Needs accurately identified and met n Clear cost structure and advantageous

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expenditure n Measured service provision n Supplier relationships are managed well n Reduced administrative burden.

Akcros’s Site Manager Garry Walton said: “We have transferred the management of a range of our site services to the buying club. The team handled all negotiations with suppliers, service specification and contract implementation, during which their Contracts Manager spent time on site working closely with suppliers to facilitate a smooth transfer and maintain a consistent focus on our priority needs. “I can rely on the buying club to provide the support we need. They have a very hands-on philosophy. As such, I am very happy to recommend them.”

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Left to Right – Sir Peter Vardy, Mottie Kessler and Steph McGovern

North region 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year winner We are delighted that Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of holding group, 2M Holdings Ltd, has been named Ernst & Young’s North Region 2014 Entrepreneur Of The Year for Manufacturing. “2M Holdings are a holdings company focusing on added value chemicals distribution and related services through its leading brands portfolio companies. Mottie’s business approach is “Buy and Build”; he takes a long-term view of acquiring good companies and making them into excellent companies. Mottie’s strategy of organic growth and acquisitions includes investment in organisational development, staff and sites, as well as continuous business improvement. Exporting to more than 65 countries, with products that are all made in the UK, is something Mottie is very proud of. “ The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is considered the world’s most

prestigious business award and is held in more than 145 cities and in more than 60 countries worldwide. The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is all about discovering exceptional companies and leaders that display the confidence, quality and aspiration to grow and prosper in the UK. 2M Holdings is a leading international chemical distributor and a wholly owned private company headquartered in the UK. They have 6 branded companies in 6 World-wide locations: UK, Ireland, Belgium, Poland, Norway and China. These companies include Chemicals Northwest member companies Banner Chemicals and SampleRite.



How to get the best out of your recruitment agency Recruitment agencies have gained a mixed reputation over the years owing to a number of reasons including a lack of industry regulation at the outset, and a minority of ‘cowboys’ who have given the industry a bad name. To improve their image and convert the preconceptions that have been created, the industry has united to introduce standards and procedures which will vastly improve the quality of the services provided to both clients and candidates. CK Group has lead the way by: n Following and promoting the best

practice guidelines set out by the REC and ensuring that all our consultants are REC registered and qualified members, n Intermediary support: CK will provide

offer and negotiation management in addition to follow up contact to guarantee the best outcome for both client and candidate, n ISO 9001 accredited – we work to

defined processes and procedures, similar to your own practices. Even so, we want to ensure that your experience with a recruitment agency is always a good one. So we’re here to provide you with some tips about how to get the most out of your recruitment agency:

Choose specialist recruitment agencies These agencies are perfect to partner with as they have years of experience

working with and building contacts in their specific fields – this means that they are knowledgeable about the candidates within them. Bearing this expertise in mind they will provide expert support in a number of areas such as salary ranges, or whether you should consider altering your job specification to find the best candidate for your business.

having a chat with a consultant trying to develop their business with you. They can provide you with a snapshot of the current market, such as which types of candidates are available or in short supply, which may assist with any future succession planning.

Be flexible

What would normally be a quality service will be enhanced and more dedicated, as consultants will be able to allocate additional resource to sourcing suitable candidates. You will not receive duplicated CVs, and working exclusively also preserves your company’s brand.

All recruitment agencies will appreciate that you are looking for the ideal employee, but unfortunately they may not always exist. If you’re able to accept some movement in the experience/ qualifications/ salary requirements you would accept in a new recruit this will increase the chances of your recruitment consultant finding you a match. Alternative candidates’ attributes that you may not have previously considered may also become apparent, which could benefit your business in a different way.

Keep an open mind If you’re not recruiting for staff at the present time, it may still be worthwhile



Work exclusively

Agree timeframes Committing to a specific timeline will confirm that all parties have a clear picture of the process from start to finish. This can range from providing CV feedback by a specified day; providing interview dates and availability in advance; stipulating a desired start date – all of which will help in moving forward.



The CK Group are dedicated to providing an enjoyable recruitment experience for both clients and candidates alike. Our divisions include: CK Science - A specialist scientific recruitment team committed to recruiting laboratory and support staff with a scientific or technical background CK Engineers - Dedicated to the recruitment of highly skilled engineering professionals within the scientific industries CK IT - The IT team recruit for IT professionals with either a science, pharmaceutical or biotechnology background. The only IT recruiters specialising in this area CK Clinical - This part of the group recruits for Clinical R&D and Operations staff to help from Phase I development through to bringing a drug to market CK Aspire - Delivers comprehensive resourcing based projects for clients within the science, technology and pharmaceutical sector

We pride ourselves on our attentiveness to customer service. Some of the benefits of working in collaboration with the CK Group include: sector specialists; payroll support for contract workers; bespoke recruitment solutions; outsourcing capability, and staff retention so your needs are always remembered.

with the CK Group. She is based at their head office in Chesterfield where she has responsibility for recruiting permanent staff in the chemical, waste, analytical and engineering fields. Victoria has recently been awarded the prestigious “Recruiter of the Year” award by the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

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Hazardous material storage from the experts In 1986 companies all around the world began to realise the importance of environmental protection and safety. It was in this year that DENIOS was created with a mission to offer products that merge workplace safety with the protection of the environment. What began with simple spill pallets and storage containers has evolved at an impressive speed. Customer requirements have become more demanding and so have the legal requirements and recommendations, and every year DENIOS has developed new products for environmental protection in industry, whilst maintaining the highest standards. With over 10,000 products for ensuring environmental protection and safety at the workplace from simple spill pallets to complex hazardous material storage containers, and from personal protective equipment to emergency workplace equipment, the product catalogue from the leading manufacturer in its field, caters for all handling and storage needs.



Introducing a whole range of innovative new products to the portfolio, DENIOS are particularly proud of the new, world first deep drawn UltraSafe spill pallet. Constructed from a single piece of steel without seams, corners or edges, this sump offers the ultimate in safety when storing hazardous substances. In addition to the standard catalogue products DENIOS is also renowned for manufacturing tailor-made solutions in the areas of hazardous materials storage , thermal engineering, ventilation technology and technical safety rooms. DENIOS are also pleased to announce the launch of The DENIOS App, designed as a go to guide for anyone working with hazardous materials providing the latest news and information on legislation and regulations, handy tips and hints on how to store and handle hazardous materials safely and much, much more on the go. Available to download free now from Apple and Google Play App stores, the DENIOS App is easy to use and

totally intuitive giving users access to a wide range of information right at their fingertips. For the past 26 years, DENIOS has helped companies, both large and small, in the protection of the environment and minimising risks with hazardous substances. Originating in Germany, the company today is fully established throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Its UK subsidiary opened in 2000 and thanks to its extensive knowledge and experience, is able to produce standard solutions which can be adapted to specific applications or create bespoke solutions tailored to job specific requirements whilst respecting UK regulations. Customer satisfaction is forever a priority, and DENIOS UK proves itself as a reliable partner offering excellent benefits such as highest product quality, a fast delivery service and competent support. For more information or to request your catalogue please call DENIOS free on 0808 178 07 23.


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Where did you get that hat? Anyone who works in industry will already know about the numerous regulations for health and safety. Industrial photographer, Adrian Waine is becoming all the more familiar with these as his commissions become more diverse.

Smooth & Clean: ELAPHARM®

ELAPHARM hose assemblies for the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry: At present, he’s working with Check Services Ltd, a UK provider of pest control services to the food, catering and allied industries. This current web site features many of his shots demonstrating the need for pest monitoring and eradication - www.checkservices. co.uk After donning a mob cap, smock and boots, here he is capturing the various stages of heat treatment on a baking line - a procedure designed to ensure that working machinery is always 100% insect free.

• ultra smooth lining of DuPont Teflon® PTFE • homogeneous elastomer hose construction to DIN 26055-3. • Flexible and kink resistant, pressure and vacuum resistant. • Nominal bores DN 13 to 50 mm • as ELAPHARM (non el. conductive) or ELAPHARM OHM (fully el. conductive) • FDA / USP Class VI

Its always important to provide an explanation of size and scale and a range of the equipment needed to carry out a procedure like this, so good lighting is as appropriate here as it would be on any other type of manufacturing line.

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The aim of Ital Logistics is to provide a quality, reliable and personalised service, with openness, honesty and integrity

Ital Logistics was founded in August 2000 initially offering road freight transport services to and from Italy. Since then, our service portfolio has increased beyond Italy to include similar road freight services to and from Spain, Portugal, and Greece, as well as offering freight forwarding services throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe. And more recently, following customer demand, we also provide maritime and air freight services worldwide. The aim of Ital Logistics is to provide a quality, reliable and personalised service, with openness, honesty and integrity. From the beginning this has always been our guiding philosophy, irrespective of client size or status. Not every client is the same and each has particular needs. We pride ourselves on being able to listen and understand these needs, and work our model around our clients. We specialise in the carriage of dangerous goods in scope of ADR and IMDG, and this specialisation is spread through all services. Ensuring compliance, we have two on-site DGSAs, the first being myself, and the second is my colleague Derek Heap. Our warehouse facility just off the M60 ring road is compliant in this regard, meeting regulatory inspection. Additional third party receiving facilities in the South and the Midlands, also compliant, complement our UK wide coverage.

We must be doing something right. Year on year we see increases in client base, turnover and profitability. In a fragile economic climate this has to be testament to the service levels provided, our vision, and how Ital Logistics is perceived to the outside world. On three occasions we have entered the British International Freight Association Awards; firstly in 2002 when we were winners of the ‘European Services Award’; next in 2007 picking up the same winner’s trophy for a second time; and more recently in 2012 when we reached the finals. This, from the industry’s governing body, is praise indeed and vindication of our business ethic. There is nothing pretentious about Ital Logistics. We have built our reputation by providing a reliable and competitive service to the very best of our abilities, and we will continually endeavour to do just that. The only way to evaluate if we do what we say is to try our service. As one of our clients who did sample our service quoted – “Your reputation as a ‘doer’ is refreshing by contrast to the plethora of suppliers I am burdened with who ‘can’t do’.” Phil Denton Managing Director

Dangerous Goods Experts Around 25% of our total business is made up of the transport of Dangerous Goods. Many companies shy away from this niche market due to its complexity, so we find that many of our competitors make use of our specialism in this sector and utilise our services. I decided that as Managing Director of Ital Logistics it was my duty to take on the role of Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) in April 2004. Since then I have continued to renew my qualification, and have been joined by Derek Heap as secondary DGSA to the Company. In addition to this, all members of our team involved in this area of our job are awareness trained and refreshed as regulations change. There are many differences between the road, rail, sea and air regulations, even though with each revision the regulations come closer to alignment. In house we utilise a bespoke program designed by myself, which we call the HAZculator. This program collates all IMDG and ADR data, plus Eurotunnel and various other tunnel & port data, and returns correct Dangerous Goods Descriptions, including all associated regulations specific to the UN number or chemical name being searched. Additionally, it makes compatibility checks for up to 7 different UN numbers, as well as checking against other non-compatible items such as foodstuffs, for example. The UK is an island. Therefore, even just to get into the closest European country, we must use a combination of modes, and as the regulations are not completely aligned, there are often conflictions. If you require any specific information or advice on the movement of Dangerous Goods, please feel free to contact us, either by telephone, or email dgsa@Ital-logistics.com and we will be pleased to assist.


At Ital Logistics we take the matter of transporting goods which are hazardous very seriously indeed, and do our utmost to ensure that they are carried in compliance with the rules of ADR & IMDG.


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The Added Value of Used Process Equipment Perry Process Equipment’s extensive experience in the sale of used processing equipment has led them to develop a wide range of in-house services that allow you to find the most suitable solution for your business. Perry Process Equipment have been buying & selling used process equipment since 1932. They are one of the largest stockists of used process equipment, with over 25,000 items in stock relevant to the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, brewing and power generation industries. Process equipment can be purchased at up to 70% cheaper than the cost of new. The equipment is available immediately, cutting lead-time for delivery by months. Perry Process Equipment can also offer a rental period or a sale or return basis on their stock items. This will help ensure the equipment is the right piece for your process.

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In-house services: With a team of qualified, time-served engineers working on site, Perry Process Equipment Ltd can offer many in-house services. Perry has the in-house expertise to fully refurbish any unit from their stock. All refurbishment work is completed by their own Engineering Specialist Team, at their Newton Aycliffe facility which minimises turnaround. In-house services for all purchased equipment, including: n Test run to establish electrical and

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Qualified Engineers on site: Perry Process Equipment currently employs five fully qualified engineers and understands that the success of its business depends on having a good training program for its employees. All engineering and warehousing staff have completed recognised national qualifications, so that their standard of service to our customers is maintained to a high standard. Paul Chatt and Nigel Thornton have gained City & Guilds certificates in Electrotechnical Technology. Nigel is also currently studying towards a HNC qualification in Engineering. Three other staff at Perry have B.TEC Diplomas in Operations and Maintenance Engineering. The Managing Director is a Chartered Electrical Engineer.

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primed with a zinc-phosphate primer, as per the customer’s request. Our Engineering Team replaced all seals, bearings and lubricants and checked the integrity of all mechanical parts. Once completed, a new frame was constructed and the unit was reassembled. A full test run was carried out witnessed by the customer. Sticky Baits, UK statement: “The ribbon blender was refurbished to an exceptionally high standard and was barely recognisable from the blender that we first viewed. Exceptional service and work from start to finish, Thanks!” To discuss your future equipment requirements or potential projects, call, email or visit their website: t: 01325 315111 e: info@perryprocess.co.uk w: www.perryprocess.co.uk

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation helps Northwest businesses innovate to create a cleaner greener economy The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is a partnership between Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and commercialisation specialist Inventya Ltd. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with the aim of providing support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop new products and services which deliver a positive and quantifiable environmental benefit. At the heart of the centre are 50 long term collaborations delivered over three years, working on projects initiated by businesses. The centre also offers shorter term opportunities to deliver research through 3-6 month projects and paid internships delivered typically delivered over a three month period. Alongside the academic support, Inventya provides

assistance to businesses with ecoinnovative products to help assess the market, access supply chains or source additional finance. Since its foundation the centre has supported over 180 Northwest SMEs and is on target to deliver in excess of 27000 tonnes of CO2e in greenhouse gas savings. If your business would value

Collaborate with two world-class universities and realise your ambitions for business growth through R&D. The ÂŁ9.8m Centre for Global Eco-Innovation unites the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and Inventya Limited, to develop new eco-innovative products, processes and services in collaboration with ambitious northwest businesses. Do you have any products, services and ideas which will reduce environmental impact, or benefit the environment, and want help in commercialising, refining or developing them?

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Partnering with a specialist search company When it comes to recruiting for professionals in the chemicals industry, different companies adopt different strategies. Most scour through possible internal candidates, utilise external advertising and referrals and engage the services of a number of recruitment agencies. If these agencies fail to find a suitable candidate, the company will often engage in more agencies who promise they can fulfil the assignment. Sometimes, one of these agencies is successful, often they aren’t. One thing is certain, the recruitment process becomes muddled, lacks quality and usually provides a headache for the recruiting manager. There is, however, something that you can do to make the recruitment process a lot more effective and more efficient… partner with a specialist search company.

As a specialist chemicals search company, we are able to effectively identify, target and approach high achievers in a professional manner, from both the passive and active markets. With access to all levels of the company, growth plans and company strategy, we also have the information needed to sell an opportunity to headhunted candidates. We can then present a shortlist for our client to interview and manage the assignment through our globally proven ‘30 step process’. If you believe your company could gain in forming an effectively, beneficial partnership with Antal International Warrington, please get in touch today.

Let’s be clear what is meant by the term ‘partner’. To truly partner with a search consultancy, means to work together in a collaborative way to achieve a common result. This means working together as equal partners, allowing the search company the time to get to know the company, to manage the recruitment process, advise on salary levels and make offers on behalf of the client. This is truly a ‘partnership’.

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Working together – the key to business growth? In August 2014, SABIC announced that it would invest for growth in the UK by modifying its cracker on Teesside into a gas cracker to take advantage of the shale gas revolution. The investment, which has Government support, meant that hundreds of jobs were secured alongside the potential for future investment.

President Keith Wiggins, who during his time in office, saw the necessity and potential for growth as global economic recovery beckoned.

At about the same time, chemicals giant Ineos was underlying its commitment to the UK shale gas industry by buying rights to explore a 329 square kilometre (127 square mile) area around Grangemouth and the Firth of Forth, in Scotland.

Steve said: “Keith was fired up by the idea of growth and renaissance in the industry.

For Steve Elliott, Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA), both moves were symptomatic of the kind of forward thinking that is needed by the industry if it is to compete with shalefuelled competition from the United States and the big chemicals players in the Gulf and Asian markets. The CIA is a key supporter of the Chemistry Growth Partnership (CGP), which argues that companies in the UK chemicals sector must, in part, set aside business rivalries and work together. Their co-operation, Steve argues, is crucial if the sector is to both take advantage of the opportunities presented by the recent upturn in the UK economy but also counter the threats posed by foreign competition. The group, which has been at work for just under a year, is working to implement a strategy with a vision to grow the contribution of chemical and chemistryusing businesses by 50% in less than two decades. Chemistry Fuelled Growth of the UK Economy, which was presented by chemical business leaders to Michael Fallon, then the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, called for rapid exploitation of shale gas, accelerated innovation and the rebuilding of UK chemistry supply chains. According to Steve Elliott, the CGP can trace its beginnings back to former CIA



“His enthusiasm has ultimately led to the creation of the Chemistry Growth Partnership, which argues that in order to take advantage of the opportunities and counter the threats the industry has to work together collaboratively. “The UK chemical sector is in recovery mode after the global crisis but we have to do much more to take advantage of the opportunities available, particularly since the UK economy started to turn. “Our argument is that as key customer sectors like automotive and aerospace grow, they will increasingly need the products and services offered by chemical companies. Why shouldn’t those chemicals and chemistry increasingly be provided by UK companies? “Also, some major companies which take their primary supplies from overseas markets are becoming concerned about the security and cost of some of those supplies and are looking to the European market for a competitive alternative supply or secondary supply. “At the beginning of 2014, the UK Prime Minister placed his personal support behind proactive “on-shoring” and I am pleased to see real evidence of this with several chemical-dependent industries such as pharmaceuticals and agritech strengthening their relationships with UK chemical businesses. “The CGP’s approach has respect for competition - many of the UK companies involved are rivals - but we feel that to truly take advantage of the opportunities we have to work together.

Steve Elliott Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA)

“There are threats to be countered as well. Take fracking. The Americans were the first to take advantage of the potential offered by fracking but the recent announcements by Sabic and Ineos show what can be achieved by companies here in the UK. “There is an urgency to our approach. We have to be aware of the competition from cheap shale gas from America and also from competition in the chemicals sector in the East. Working together as a UK industry will have its rewards, but the clock is ticking.” That sense of co-operation mirrors the work of the Chemical Industries Association, which is the organisation that represents chemical and pharmaceutical businesses throughout the UK. The CIA is well placed to bring companies together. The most powerful collective voice in the industry, it represents all sizes of chemical and pharmaceutical


businesses and has strong UK and international connections: approximately 70% of its members are headquartered overseas.

chemical output. Our key role is to lobby decision-makers to ensure the best possible trade and investment conditions for UK chemical companies.

CIA activities are split between influencing the policy agenda, offering provision of advice and services to members and working to bring together the disparate strands of the industry as evidenced by its work with the CGP.

“Our support for the CGP is different in that it is not so much about lobbying but much more about practical projects to secure that longer-term competitive future. For example, we recently took a delegation of UK agrochemical companies to Germany, Switzerland and France, to engage with four of the five biggest customers in the sector. The purpose being to demonstrate an innovative and competitive UK supply base to multinational customers.

Steve himself joined the association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development before in 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment. Steve, who was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006, said: “We have 250 member companies who account for about 75 per cent of UK

“We are also involved in other initiatives to bring UK companies to the attention of big companies considering developing alternative supply lines because they are concerned about the security and cost of their main supplies from historically low cost countries in Asia.


“We believe in the CGP approach. We think the rewards are there if we work together. What we want to do now is build on the start we have made in energy, innovation and supply chains, engaging the views and contributions of as many as possible in our industry and all those who have a stake in its future.”

Do you have a view on the approach taken by the CGP? Is it the right one? Can business rivals really work together? The CIA would like to hear from you at myviews@ukchemistry 2030growth.com





When was the last time you cried? Why? I came across a Youtube clip recently, which has been downloaded thousands of times. I laughed until I cried. Google ‘cat vs printer – the translation’ and you’ll see what I mean. What is your most embarrassing moment? Looking down at my feet one day while talking to my boss, and realizing I was wearing differentcoloured shoes (one black, one dark brown, same style). My big mistake was in being so startled that I failed to lift my eyes quickly enough before my boss also looked down.

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What is your favorite Chemical Element and why? Carbon is an amazing element. It comes in so many different forms and is the fundamental building block of life. Makes for great barbecues as well! What is your biggest regret? Not starting my own business when I was younger. Often it’s hard work, and you have to be involved in just about everything that gets compartmentalised in a big business (sales, marketing, finance, admin etc., as well as doing the ‘real’ work) but it’s great fun too. In your opinion what is the greatest ever invention? At Ironbridge, Shropshire, you learn about the invention of coke by Abraham Darby 300 years ago. Without that invention, the Industrial Revolution would never have got going in the way that it did. The rest is history… If you could be a cartoon character who would it be? Why? I’m not sure I would actually want to be one, but I love the Minion cartoon characters in the Despicable Me films. For my birthday recently, I was given a pile of Minion paraphernalia: T-shirt, cushion, keyring, poster etc.



What’s the best thing you’ve ever won (event/prize/competition)? I won a pair of Celestion loudspeakers in a hi-fi magazine competition when I was in my teens. I couldn’t believe my luck, and I kept those speakers for many years. What is the one thing that disgusts you? People that throw rubbish - especially cigarette ends - out of their cars. What was your favourite toy as a child? I was an avid collector of Corgi cars, and still have all of them. They’re worth quite a bit of money nowadays, but I wish I’d kept more of the boxes they originally came in – they’d be worth even more. Favourite Actor/ Actress (for which performances)? I’m a fan of Angela Jolie. I think her performances in films like The Tourist and SALT are great, but more than that I admire her personal courage and work on behalf of disadvantaged people. Favourite Song or Artist? I prefer rock bands, and my long-term favourites are Pink Floyd and Genesis. My kids raise their eyebrows when I play Linkin Park at loud volume, but they’re just jealous in my opinion. Favourite holiday destination/resort? I can’t get enough visits to The Lake District (the quieter parts), and consider myself very fortunate to live so close to such a beautiful part of the UK. Best Concert you’ve been to? I regularly attend rock concerts, which is the big advantage of living so close to Manchester. One of my favourites was the 2007 Genesis concert at the Man United ground.

If you could meet one person in history, who would it be and why? Churchill. The man lived a packed life and changed history. He was also down-to-earth and loved his family. A visit to his former home at Chartwell is well worth a visit. Favourite alcoholic drink? Why? Rioja has always been my favourite wine. Fortuitously, my newest business partner, SIAM S.L. is located in the capital of the Rioja region of Spain, and for obvious reasons I’m looking forward to visiting them soon. If you won 100million on the euro millions, which car would you buy? My wife tells me I must put ‘VW Campervan’. I think she’s nostalgic for her childhood. Living as we do on a farm property, I’d probably go for a big 4x4 like a Range Rover. What is the first thing you do when you get up every morning? Make the missus a strong cup of coffee. It’s the only way to get her up in the morning. Which one country would you want relocate to if you had the opportunity? I’m not sure if I would want to relocate there but I’m keen to visit and stay in Ecuador for a while. Our 22-year old daughter frequently travels there, and I’ve become quite intrigued by the country. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? An airline pilot. Almost certainly this was because I was already a frequent flyer in my early teens, given that my family was living and working in West Africa at the time. What is your favorite meal? I adore Indian food. When I visit new places in the UK, one of the first things I often do when I check into a hotel is to look for the best-rated local Indian restaurant on Tripadvisor. Which year of your life has been the most momentous so far? 1986. In that year, I gained my doctorate from Imperial Collage, my first son was born, I was successful in getting a new job with ICI in Manchester and we moved house from Berkshire. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

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2.5 million man-hours without lost time accident Thornaby based engineering firm K Home International Limited (KHI) is celebrating 2.5 million man-hours without a lost time accident by all employees at their head office and on clients’ project sites. This result reflects a continual commitment to Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management within all levels of the business. Excellent HSE compliance ensures everyone can go home at the end of the day without injury, and has established an ethos of competency and safety-focus throughout the company. Consideration is provided to HSE management aspects of all projects from initial concept design, detailed design through to construction management and commissioning support. The sectors in which KHI provides its services include chemical, petrochemical, energy and nuclear plants including other heavy industries such as minerals extraction and metals manufacture. The requirement to ‘design to avoid risk to health, safety and the environment’ is inherent in KHI’s procedures.

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As recognition of this accomplishment the company has made a donation to the Sands Charity.

asset and we always emphasise that HSE is our number one priority as part of the execution of our works”. Said Lee Anderson, Operations Director for K Home International

“We are pleased to be able to mark this achievement by donating to a worthwhile cause within our local community and we would like to thank all our personnel for their contribution in achieving another milestone in our HSE performance programme. People are our greatest


“The Health, Safety and Environmental culture is well established in the company, and we have proudly achieved the RoSPA Gold Award in three consecutive years” added Lee Anderson.




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CLP. Are you ready for 2015? The arrival and implementation of REACH over the last few years has somewhat eclipsed another related Regulation regarding the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (CLP). It is clear that the number of mixtures which will need to be reclassified and relabelled will be huge. With the deadline now so close, many formulators and importers of mixtures should already have their implementation plans well advanced, especially where new classifications will result in changes to labelling to take account of the new hazard pictograms.

The CLP Regulation came into force in January 2009 and was first implemented on 1st December 2010. It will ultimately replace the Dangerous Substances/ Preparations Directives. Although broadly similar in approach to the Dangerous Substances Directive and the Dangerous Preparations Directive, CLP has introduced different classification thresholds, new hazard categories and statements, new precautionary statements (substituting the former R/S-phrases) and new pictograms. In addition the REACH regulation established a new format for the reporting of hazards in Safety Data Sheets. Manufacturers and importers of substances and the formulators of mixtures therefore need to reassess the classification of their products and make changes to the Safety Data Sheets and labelling where required. In order to allow an orderly transition from DSD/DPD to CLP, the implementation was required over two phases. Since 2010, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances have been required to: n Notify the classification of hazardous

substances (or substances subject to REACH) to the ECHA classification and labelling inventory. n Classify and label substances according

to CLP n Provide a Safety Data Sheet with

the classification according to CLP alongside the (older) classification according to DSD.

Formulators and importers who have not yet taken action to implement CLP are urged to do so now. The following steps are recommended as a guide: n Identify your role under CLP. (Do you

Since 2010, the classification of mixtures under CLP has not been mandatory and hence the requirements of both CLP and the Dangerous Preparations Directive have run side by side. However, in less than one year, at 1st June 2015, the final implementation of CLP is due. This second deadline will affect many smaller companies who formulate or import mixtures. From 1st June 2015, the following new rules will apply: n Substances must be classified

according to CLP only n Mixtures must be classified, labelled

and packaged according to CLP only. (Companies will have 2 years to sell mixtures already classified, labelled and packaged according to DPD and placed on the market before 1st June 2015.) n Safety Data Sheets for both substances

have to re-classify your products or are your suppliers responsible?) n Identify the products that need (re-)

classification. (Use the classification under DSD/DPD as a start.) n Decide whether you will undertake the

classification yourself or will you need expert help. n Understand what else will need to

be changed eg Safety Data Sheet, labelling, packaging. For those who have yet to get started, help is at hand, from one of the consultancy companies who specialise in CLP and who can work with you to classify mixtures, prepare safety data sheets and propose labelling solutions. Graeme Towell Senior Project Manager Dr. Knoell Consult Ltd

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The 1st of June 2015 deadline for implementation of CLP for mixtures represents a major challenge for SMEs There is a tendency to become complacent as REACH and CLP landmarks appear to roll by like waves breaking on a beach, but the 1st of June 2015 deadline for full implementation of the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation for both substances and mixtures will be a major challenge for many businesses. Mark Pemberton, director of Global MSDS Ltd, explains that while it remains true that the classification of substances according to CLP and the associated Safety data sheet (SDS) and Annex continues to be a challenge, this pales into insignificance when compared with the enormous number of products containing mixtures, including many consumer items such as paints and detergents, that must be reclassified and re-labelled to comply with CLP by June 2015.

Perhaps you are focusing on the 1st of June 2015 deadline for applying CLP to mixtures in which case our new webbrowser product for SDS authoring “Hazmix” may be the answer. Scheduled to be launched before year-end it will be a very low cost, pay-as-you-go product so will not entail any expensive capital outlay or maintenance charges. You simply pay for the SDS on output and what’s more, discounts will be available for volume users.

Mark goes on to explain that a major challenge in this regard is that many suppliers have not yet switched over from the old Dangerous Substances Directive classification system to the new CLP system so it is very difficult to obtain reliable data upon which to classify a mixture. This combined with the complex rules of CLP and the new format of the SDS makes the process of classification and SDS/label production both timeconsuming and costly. For this reason many companies have cautiously set an internal deadline of January 2015 by which to choose their SDS software service provider, or to outsource SDS production to a 3rd party.

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Mark explained that in 2014 his company has seen the largest increase in demand for SDS authoring in the 14 years of offering this service with a commensurate rise in sales of their low cost ‘Writer’ software. He added that their new pay-asyou-go web browser product due to be launched later this year will undoubtedly ease this situation as it aims to address all of industries concerns. Global MSDS Ltd is a leading UK-based company that has provided low-cost

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This multi-million pound scheme – financed through the fourth round of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and led by the University of Chester – is stimulating business growth and job creation by helping companies with capital investment in buildings, plant and equipment, and production operations. To date, 24 companies in the region are already benefitting from a £3.2m share, and a further £2.7 million is set to be awarded in the coming weeks. With up to £1.6 million still available, eligible private sector companies can apply for grant funding from £5,000 up to £500,000. Amongst those companies already making the most of the support from the scheme is Cheshire-based ESL Fuels, which was awarded a grant of £199,200 towards costs associated with creating a hydrocarbon recovery plant at its Stanlow Oil Terminal in Ellesmere Port. A blender and supplier specialising in the manufacture of innovative fuel products, ESL Fuels currently provides a full range of fuels developed specifically for the road, heating, heavy duty haulage and marine markets. It also offers storage and processing solutions. Phillip McEvoy, Terminal Manager, explained: “The Catalyst for Growth


Fund is allowing us to refurbish 15 bulk storage tanks and add a distillation unit and filtration plant so that we can use ‘off spec’ oil from UK refineries to create new fuels. “This type of refining process will enable our business to manufacture fuel at a lower cost, without compromising quality and will help us to use the Stanlow Terminal to its full capacity, providing further opportunity for business growth and development.” Manchester-based Hockley International Ltd has also been awarded a £31,192 grant towards the purchase and implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the appropriate staff training. Tommy Gill, Director of Commercial Operations, said: “The company has grown significantly over the past few years, now employing 20 people. In order to develop, the company needs to implement an ERP system to help manage efficiency and productivity, safeguarding the business for the future. This funding support has enabled us to bring forward the implementation of this system and continue to grow the business.” Also benefitting from the funding is Knowsley-based UK Renewable Fuels (UKRF) which has received a £287,000 grant towards design and construction of a £1m liquid bio-fuel production plant.

Using a new and innovative process developed by UKRF, this new plant will produce bio-fuel for the commercial heating boiler market. John Neild, Managing Director, was delighted to hear that his application was successful. He said: “Without the funding we would not be able to proceed on this project in the short or medium term. The installation of the new facility will secure the future of the company, and create 14 new jobs over the coming months.” As the scheme continues to process and approve a steady stream of applications, Catalyst for Growth Scheme Manager, Janet Morris, is urging eligible companies to apply for a share of the remaining funding. She said: “Current applications already in the pipeline are set to bring the total figure awarded to £5.9 million, meaning there is still a healthy £1.6 million available. “We want to ensure that this money remains in the region for the benefit of the chemical sector and its related industries, and I would encourage interested companies to visit our website at catalystforgrowth.co.uk or email cfg.enquiries@chester.ac.uk for information on how to apply and deadlines for application.”





Bulk solids handling in process plants The key to developing and operating a profitable process has long been recognised as being strongly influenced by the correct assessment of technical risk early in a project. What is surprising to many casual observers is the continual struggle experienced by some industries to maintain a steady and predictable level of process output. A ‘straw’ survey of industries most strongly afflicted by process problems would show that the majority are in sectors that utilise bulk materials (in either powdered or granular form) in their processes. By a somewhat bizarre twist of fate, the elements of the processes that give these problems are well established and can be traced back to the start of the industrial revolution in some cases. In contrast, most innovative ‘process steps’ benefit from new knowledge and can in many cases represent less risk than the established designs of equipment used to feed bulk materials to and from them (and upon which they are wholly dependent for their efficient operation!).

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The impact of Bouygues Energies & Services’ work extends beyond designing, delivering, maintaining and operating its client facilities. Leaving a lasting positive legacy for local communities, charities and supporting our employees in their charity engagements is an essential part of our involvement with and approach to corporate social responsibility. While we are committed to local sustainable development we have recently launched our new volunteering policy “Better Lives”. Better Lives will enable our employees to contribute two days paid time to community related initiatives which have personal or professional meaning to them each year. Steve McDonald, chair of the CR committee said: “Offering all staff the opportunity to volunteer demonstrates our commitment to supporting local communities, initiatives, projects and charities. Alongside this, it showcases our intention to conduct business in a manner that achieves sustainable growth and fulfils our legal and moral obligations.”

Making a difference for local charities Back in 2010 we introduced a “HSE challenge” – a charity initiative that aims to shape the best health & safety behavior through interaction on site. Over a six month period every project is audited against strict “Safesite” criteria and those projects which achieve a gold level status will receive a financial

award to be donated to a local charity. This year over £2500 worth of donations have been made in vital contributions by projects to local charities. “One of the exciting things about this initiative is the fact that we can lend our support to the local communities throughout the UK that help to make a difference,” commented Zeb Ahmed, Bougyues Energies & Services Deputy Managing Director. We pride ourselves on sharing our success with local charities. Our energy team, headed by Tony Shaw, recently donated a financial prize of £1500 to a local scout group in Manchester 413th Moravians following receipt of an internal innovation award – Invent Challenge 2015.

Commenting on this donation the main scout leader, Chris Quinn, was overwhelmed by the generosity of the donation:” We are extremely grateful for your generosity. This donation represents a large portion of what is required to maintain the operation of the scout group over a calendar year and we would like to thank you again for this donation. All over the world the scouting association empowers young children to motivate themselves and contribute to local communities as well as improving their own personal skills. This donation will go towards equipment for the scout group which will allow participation in kayaking, camping, and hiking and climbing, these activities will allow the young children to enjoy themselves in their spare time.”





Colleague skydives for charity On Sunday the 13th of September Maria Crawford of Perry Process Equipment jumped out of plane at 10,000 feet in a tandem skydive to raise money for the Butterwick Hospice! Maria chose the Butterwick Hospice as they are a local charity that help people living with a life limiting illness, relieving symptoms, enriching patient’s lives and supporting them and their loved ones. The day proved perfect conditions for the jump. Clear blue skies meant Maria had a good view coming down! This was her first ever skydive, but we don’t think it will be her last. Maria said: “It was absolutely awesome. Highly recommend it to anyone and I really fancy doing another one sometime.” Maria raised a fantastic £505 for the Butterwick Hospice.

Elmet Process Ltd Completes the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge! The team completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in a very modest 12 hours! Starting at 6.30am, we clambered up Pen-Y-Ghent, trudged up Whernside, and scrambled up Ingleborough. Thank you to everyone who donated! Altogether we have raised a whopping £1,550 and the company is matching whatever raised, so our final total, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, is a staggering £3,100!* We never thought that we would raise so much money for an amazing charity, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors! A massive thank you to everyone who donated! We are amazed with the volume of donations we have received and have absolutely obliterated our initial target! If you would like to sponsor us please visit www.justgiving.com/EPL-Yorkshire-3Peaks *all totals correct at the time of publication.



Chemicals Northwest Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce that the next Chemicals Northwest Awards Dinner is going to be held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on the 19th March 2015. Sponsorship packages are now available. Entry forms will be available shortly and will be listed on the Chemicals Northwest website in the coming months.

ITV broadcaster Lucy Meacock will be hosting the event

New Award Categories We have decided to introduce a new award category for 2015, this will be a “Charity Award”. Our recent editions of Elements magazine have shown some of the good work that our members and associates have done for charity. This new award will recognise the achievements made by the shortlisted entries and the winner of the award category will receive £1000 towards their chosen charity. If you have any suggestions for some possible new award categories please let us know and we would be happy to

consider suggestions from our readers. Please contact alexandra.heys@chemicalsnorthwest.org.uk with any ideas. This will be the 5th Chemicals Northwest Awards Dinner with the inaugaral event also held at this venue. In addition the evening will also mark the 15th Anniversary of Chemicals Northwest – another reason to celebrate! Please let us know about your good news stories!



Chemicals Northwest Breakfast networking sponsored by CRANE ChemPharma & Energy Flow Solutions Our last breakfast event before the summer holidays was held on the 11th July 2014 at the Heath. The event was sponsored by Crane ChemPharma & Energy Flow Solutions David Lindsay, Nordic Region Sales Manager-Pumps, from sponsor company spoke at the event on ‘Maximising PTFE Diaphragm Life in Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps’. PTFE diaphragms are an expensive consumable within numerous air operated diaphragm pumps in the chemical, pharmaceutical and associated industries. Crane’s Long Life E4 PTFE diaphragm and air control accessories provide a significant reduction in PTFE diaphragm failures. This reduces the cost of spares, maintenance time and the cost of raising Purchase Order’s and invoices. Examples of these products were exhibited on the day. Doug Howard from Bouygues E&S Contracting UK Limited gave a brief but interesting presentation at the event on strategies for business growth.

Left to Right – John Roche, David Lindsay, Doug Howard, Tracey Marshall, Steve Cartwright

Tracey Marshall from Terrington Data Management gave the final presentation at the event on implementing software systems, initially to help with AtEX

inspection strategies but then expanding the system to replace other paper based data collection processes.

Mid Cheshire and Manchester Cell have lively discussion on common issues CIA’s Aila Bursnall, Responsible Care Executive, facilitated another meeting of this local group on 10 July at the Heath, Runcorn. Hot topics highlighted some common themes around encouraging near miss reporting, improving safety culture, involving safety representatives, competency assessments and minor injuries. Two companies, who had recently had a Responsible Care Verification visit, noted how valuable the day had been. They found that the use of the Responsible Care Guiding Principles and knowledgeable input from the Peers, gave new perspective and a fresh viewpoint which supplements the feedback from other general audits or inspections completed. Sarah Grindrod, HFL Risk gave an interesting presentation relating to Human Factors, and noted several COMAH site case studies which looked at competence



assurance, stakeholder engagement, accident investigation, safety critical tasks, safety culture and leadership. Regulator feedback was given by Jane Durling, EA /HSE, who updated on the completion of the consultation and likely changes to the regulations for 2015. It was noted to keep in mind the ‘waste’ implications for sites that could affect your COMAH status. Ruth Franklin, HSE, discussed the need to future-proof safety reports and be prepared as best you can for any review visits. Guidance will be available in March 2015, so use the draft regulations until then and keep abreast of bulletins on the HSE website. Aila Bursnall gave some additional

input to regulatory issues including checking your packaging waste is compliant with the hazardous waste regulations when dealing with recovery / disposal/ recycling operations. The risk based approach to water abstraction from rivers must comply with the Eels directive. The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) feedback seminars will follow in October to help communicate what the changes mean in practice for industry. For more information please contact Aila Bursnall, BursnallA@cia.org.uk



Autumn breakfasts Our 10th September breakfast event was supported by The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and featured 3 key speakers Manufacturing Supervisor, Mark Sutherberry, gave an overview on the range of support available from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) using real life case studies, and introducing the ‘GROW’ Offshore Wind Programme. This provides access to up to £500,000 of funding to help supply the growing offshore wind market.

Left to Right – John Roche, Mark Sutherberry, Neil Harvey and Chris Franks

Chris Franks from Mann-Tek explained why Mann-Tek AB of Sweden are the World’s leading producers of Dry Disconnect and Safety Breakaway couplings. They manufacture in a wide range of special materials to suit almost any chemical transferred by sea, road or rail today. The couplings they make are made to the highest possible standard and are recognised around the globe as ‘best in class’. Neil Harvey from Elmet Process discussed From Concept To Reality: Process Engineering Development

CNW Events All of our events can be found on the events page www.chemicalsnorthwest. org.uk/events

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20th January 2015

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Chemical Elements – Industry Reputation tbc

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Chemicals Northwest Awards 2015

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Behavioural Safety – a practical approach Chemical Elements workshop, 18 September 2014, The Heath, Runcorn

This interactive workshop was sponsored by SOG Ltd who also presented a very interesting approach to engaging employees through interactive sessions within the workplace. Their “Deal With It” programme is gaining more and more interest from a wide range of companies across the UK and beyond. A clear process designed to enhance health and safety culture, address the behavioural reasons behind accidents and encourage employees to make pledges to improve. It is a cultural enhancement programme which can be developed on what a company needs, now and into the future. By thinking along the lines of “software of the mind” the programme sets out to deal with formed habits relating to certain hazardous tasks. It doesn’t involve managers only, but aims to involve all staff. Helen Schoelzel, Training Manager at SOG Ltd, explained that workers change behaviours when managers change their behaviour too. Many companies have undertaken culture climate surveys for completion by all employees. Managers have to be brave to deal with culture surveys and their output.



things going wrong and the impacts on people’s lives, which can be very serious. The three-hour programme includes ‘safety game’ which brings in an element of fun to the sessions. There is a range of outcomes with ‘saving time’ as a common reason for taking risks. This then needs to be put in context of understanding the costs. There four broad types of behaviour that can lead to accidents: n Lapse – “not thinking fully or

concentrating momentarily,” n Error – “I made a mistake,”

All seek to engender trust, openness and shared ownership, which all helps towards an interdependent culture where all accept their responsibilities. SOG Ltd can also help with this process, in particular how to use the feedback in targeting training and other improvements. Delegates were also invited to consider gambling with risks by analysing “chances” versus “benefits” for specific everyday tasks. When would you not step over the ‘risk line’? They were also asked to consider the potential consequences of

n Misperception – “I thought you wanted

something else?” n Violation – “I don’t want to do this

safely.” Finally delegates are asked to make a pledge, to do something positive in the workplace, to make a difference. SOG Ltd will help with this by providing; posters, stickers, ideas for initiatives and followup visits. Please contact Neil Lancaster Business Development Manager, www.dealwithittraining.co.uk on 01928 515977



HSE outlines new safety approach HSE Checklist INCENTIVES: How are you incentivising the behaviour you want to change? What psychological rewards will the duty-holder get if they adapt their behaviour? Or what will they lose if they don’t? NORMS: What can you do to convey that the desired behaviour is a norm? Can duty-holders be persuaded to formally commit to a course of action? Does the duty-holder believe our activities are fair and legitimate?

The Health & Safety Executive outlined a new behavioural safety approach named: “INSPECT”, which brings together several prompts that if used effectively in the workplace could help reduce incidents. This is a set of useful ideas that should be used in addition to the other human factors tools currently in place. Looking further into why people do what they do, this approach employs the notion of ‘nudges’ that can be applied in re-enforcing behaviours in a systematic way. Dr Beverley Bishop Principal Research Officer, Economic and Social Analysis Unit and Dr Jennifer Lunt, Principal Health Psychologist at Health & Safety Laboratory also led an interactive session with groups applying the INSPECT elements to common work activities in the chemical

industry. Perhaps you can use the checklist (right) as provided by HSE. A personal experience of worker behavioural performance was shared by Robert Welham, GMB union convenor at Crown Paints Ltd. His career has spanned many years in manufacturing industry and with several specific examples, Bob provided a unique insight into how standards of health and safety have greatly improved over the decades. Bob also outlined how recently working within Chemical Industries Association’s Responsible Care activities, the trades unions are more on board with cultural and behavioural improvements, all with a view to raising standards.

SALIENCE: How can the dutyholder be persuaded that this issue is pertinent to them? Can messages be personalised? Can you use case studies that the duty-holder will identify with? Can you use other means to draw their attention to our message ? PRIMING: Can you make the visible environment one that supports health and safety? Can you test alternative presentations of your guidance, tool or message to see which has the biggest effect? EMOTION: Can you make use of emotional cues, such as people’s reactions to certain words, sights and sensations? CHOICE STRUCTURE: Can you introduce a desirable ‘default’ option? Can you make compliance easy? Can you force the duty-holder to choose? TRUST: Who are the trusted messengers for the people you want to influence? Can messages be delivered through ‘people like me’, those who have credibility with the group, or acknowledged experts? If you need to bring about cultural change, consider who has the social connections, expertise and influence to bring about cultural change.





Derogations from the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) has now replaced the IPPC Directive and environmental permits covering new processes should be compliant with it. Changes will have to be made to many permits covering existing processes to bring them in line with the IED’s requirements. One of the areas where this may well be required is in relation to Best Available Techniques (BAT), and in particular emission limits. The IED states clearly that “BAT conclusions shall be the reference for setting the permit conditions” and “The competent authority shall set emission limit values that ensure that, under normal operating conditions, emissions do not exceed the [BAT conclusions] emission levels”. Although it may appear that the EU playing field has been levelled by these provisions, the situation is not quite that straightforward. The obligation on the Environment Agency and other national regulators to follow the relevant BAT Reference Document (BREF)

when writing a permit is not absolute. Regulators can, in specific cases, derogate from the requirement to follow BAT by setting less strict emission limit values. This can only be done where an assessment shows that the achievement of the BAT emission levels would lead to disproportionately higher costs compared to the environmental benefits, due to either the geographical location or the local environmental conditions of the installation concerned or its technical characteristics. Permit holders wishing to take advantage of this derogation provision will need to gather evidence to support negotiations with their regulator when their permit is due for review. They must also be prepared to appeal new permit conditions if the regulator cannot be persuaded that BAT emission limits should be relaxed.

We are aware of certain industrial sectors which are preparing derogation applications, and other operators such as Tata Steel are reported to have already sought to delay desulphurising certain processes. If you are considering seeking a derogation, then early work on the technical audit trail required would be well advised.

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Elements is the quarterly magazine for Chemicals Northwest. Chemicals Northwest is an industry-led, cluster organisation that works with the...

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