Welcome to the Autumn edition of Elements, we hope you had an enjoyable Summer. As we move into the Autumn, we take a look at what the team at Chemicals Northwest have been up to since the last edition of Elements.

In this issue:

  • NaTech Hazards – How Can We Effectively Understand and Assess the Risks?
  • A Northwest entrepreneur with a quest to assist in reducing petrochemical reliance attracts some Royal attention
  • Cleaning up fast fashion: can it be done?
  • Patenting research outputs – AI-implemented inventions
  • PSM is about people, plant and systems, and what they do in real life
  • Considerations for an effective and efficient 5-year process hazard review
  • Keeping pace with opportunity • Infinity room launches at Catalyst
  • Clamp-on flowmeters deliver reliable ~ 215 °C steam measurement. 

We held a successful Regulation update event on the 15th June with a diverse range of speakers giving updates on regulation and the latest topical issues for industry. Our next meeting is planned for the 10th October with Ian Cranshaw covering Free Trade Agreements and CPTPP. A presenter from Dr Knoell will cover REACH Regulations from Korea, China and Taiwan. We will also be joined by a presenter from the Chemical Industries Association who will be giving an update on UK REACH policy and the latest from the Government. The Regulation event is open to all members of Chemicals Northwest and is a roundtable forum for helpful and informative discussions. Please contact Alex or visit the website for further details.

The September breakfast networking event is currently planned for the 28th September, slightly later in the month than normal. At the time of going to print we have the following speakers confirmed. Tom Haynes, Associate Partner, Interim and Permanent solutions from Page Executive who will be introducing Page Executive and sharing insight into the current hiring market and strategies for success. This will be followed by Charles Lynch who will introduce Keyser and Mackay NV, a respected speciality chemical distributor with over 125 years’ experience in the field and a recent entry into the UK market. Our third speaking slot will be Holly Evans, Chemicals Team Leader and Liam Shannon, Pharmaceuticals Team Leader from Science Solutions Recruitment. They will be introducing Science Solutions Recruitment’s chemical and pharmaceutical divisions, discussing market trends and where the wider chemical and pharmaceutical industry has had success and failure with recruitment, counter offers and time to hire.

We have our date confirmed for the 2024 Chemicals Northwest Awards as the 21st March, taking place once again at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate. We are delighted to be hosting the awards at this iconic venue once again, and after the tremendous success of the 2023 awards we hope to build on this to make 2024 a bigger celebration of achievements from our industry. We are currently working with sponsors and further details on the awards will follow in the next few weeks.

We are working with our members to bring some new events to the Chemicals Northwest membership for 2024 so please keep an eye out for further details.

As always please keep your good news stories, case studies and thought leadership articles coming in to be featured in the Elements. We look forward to working with all going forward and seeing you at some of our events in the near future.

Alex Abraitis - Member Services and Events Manager

Autumn elements mag 2023

Elements Autumn 2023

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