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Joint webinar with fischer instrumentation
new hexavalent chromium regulations
Interfinish 2021
revised dates for surface world 2022

Important information for all users of Chromic Acid and Dichromate containing materials

A change of regulation has come to the attention of the IMF concerning the use of the above materials.

 REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) still requires a number of chemical substances (in this case the above chemicals) to be authorised for continued use.

 ALL companies using sodium/potassium dichromate surface treatments and those using chromic acid for electroplating will need to register with the HSE for continued use.

 It is understood that in the case of chromium trioxide companies must have submitted their first set of monitoring data as per the authorisation’s requirements by mid April of this year.

 If you are unsure as to what to do and need advice, then contact the Health and Safety Executive.

   Institute of Materials Finishing

                   SOUTHERN BRANCH                                


The Southern Branch of the IMF is holding a Zoom Seminar entitled:-


 Cleaning (prior to plating) and Electroless Nickel

Wednesday 21st April 2021 @1915 hours




Cleaning (prior to plating) by Ralph Dutton (Trimite Ltd)


Electroless Nickel by John Burgess (Southern Branch)


If you are interested in this seminar then please register with either:-


John Burgess


Helen Wood



          There is no charge for this seminar

COVID 19 Update

Dear Members

 Visitor Management form – June 2020 – Ref Covid-19

The IMF welcomes visitors and asks that all visitors consider COVID-19, ensuring that the relevant Government health advice is followed before and during the visit.  In light of this advice, we will greet you warmly, but we will not invite you to shake hands.  We also invite you to wash your hands/use hand sanitiser on arrival, in line with the current guidance.  Thank you for your co-operation.

“Some of our course fees will be increasing from 1st January 2021.


The new price will apply to enrolments for our next start date 22nd January 2021, 

however, if you book and pay for a course before 16th December 2020, you will only pay the current price.”



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The IMF works with the Parliamentary and Science Committee on “Sector deals for SMEs”

The IMF has been working with the Parliamentary and Science Committee (PSC) to deliver an on-line discussion entitled “Sector Deals for SMEs”.  This discussion is currently scheduled to take place on February 15th 2021.

The PSC was founded in 1939 and is a major focus for scientific and technological issues, providing a liaison between Parliamentarians and scientific bodies, science-based industry and the academic world.

Meetings of the PSC are open to all members of both Houses of Parliament, although attendance from outside Parliament is restricted to representatives of member organisations, of which the IMF is one.  It is though our membership that the IMF can help bring to Parliament’s attention any issues relating to the surface engineering industry’s operations, and in doing so, can potentially influence Government policy.

It is planned that there will be 3 or 4 speakers; these include Professor Karl Ryder of Leicester University and the IMF, who will talk about technical transfers from academia to industry.  The second speaker is Paul Mason from InnovateUK/UKRI on how InnovateUK will be helping fund technical developments, especially for SMEs.  The third speaker is hoped to be from the Industrial Strategy Council, which is an independent body that provides an impartial and expert evaluation of the UK Government’s progress in delivering the aims of the Industrial strategy and its impact on the economy.  The final speaker is hoped to be a successful SME that can offer first hand experience of developing a successful company.

A report on the meeting will follow in due course.

Further information can be obtained from either Karl Ryder or Trevor Crichton via the IMF at Exeter House.

                                                                           INTERNATIONAL UNION for SURFACE FINISHING – Interfinish 2021

IMF Fellow, Prof Hide Kanematsu in Japan, has kindly contacted us to remind members about the Interfinish 2021 conference. We’re delighted to give the main points of his message below.

Interfinish 2020 was postponed and the organisers are now calling for papers for, and audience  and sponsor participation in Interfinish 2021 . The conference will be held virtually from September 6th to the 8th and the Surface Finishing Society of Japan (SFSJ) will host the conference. 

Prof. Karl Ryder, President of the IMF, will give a Plenary talk, so it would be good to have as many IMF members as possible to join up as speakers, and also as participants. 

The detailed information of one of our industry’s great and traditional technology events can be obtained on: 

Participation, application to give a presentation and sponsorship by companies are highly welcomed. 

The important dates are:- 

Abstract submission due: May 31st, 2021 

Notification Date for Acceptance: July 31st, 2021

Early Bird Registration deadline: August 10th, 2021 

Sponsorship Registration: July 31st, 2021

The web site for application as speaker and delegate to the conference, containing all the information needed for intending participants, as given above, is:

The website for intending sponsor companies is:

The post conference journals for publishing papers are already selected. One of them is Transactions of the IMF, we’re very pleased to say. 

Let’s show some solid IMF member support, individual and company, for our friends and colleagues in IUSF in this event.

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