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The Chemical Industries Association has partnered with ITN Productions to launch ‘Solutions for our Future,’ a news and current affairs-style programme reporting on the importance of the multi-billion pound chemical industry and the significant impact the sector has on our day to day lives, economic progress, UK operations and the future for the next generation.

The application of chemistry is central to our existence, what we eat, what we wear, our transport, the technology we use, how we treat illnesses and how we get electricity and its pioneering innovations are making our lives safer and healthier.  Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, ‘Solutions for our Future’ invites commentary from those at the forefront of breakthroughs to discuss the far-reaching applications of the chemical industry on future global issues such as sustainable energy, food production, managing our environment and promoting human and environmental health.

Underlining the importance of investment in innovation, trade and research, ‘Solutions for our Future’ also showcases significant developments in best practice, innovation, research, industry safety, careers and education and highlights the important role The Chemical Industries Association plays in supporting the success of the sector in the UK.

In an interview, Stephen Elliott, Chief Executive, CIA, explains the Association’s commitment to its member companies, who are addressing global issues, recruiting talent and providing the economic backbone that drives the UK economy, as well as revealing his hopes for the chemical industry beyond Brexit.

Stephen Elliot, Chief Executive, CIA said: “Solutions for our Future shows real, on the ground examples of how our sector is working to deliver benefits for all of society. Our film showcases strong examples of chemical companies and their workforces, alongside organisations that we work with that are providing answers to the great challenges we all face.”

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions said: “We are delighted to partner with the Chemical Industries Association to create Solutions for our Future. We are pleased to help raise awareness of the vital role of the chemical industry and the vibrancy and relevancy of the critical work being done in this field.  We hope Solutions for our Future will provide a platform on which to engage the wider community on the pertinent issues faced.”

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-year heritage and expertise in storytelling, Solutions for our Future combines a series of authoritative interviews, reports, case studies and sponsored profiles from leading organisations who are driving change, improving standards and innovating within the sector:

  • Brenntag
  • CF Fertilisers
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Fenton Packaging
  • FujiFilm
  • Futamura
  • GEO Speciality Chemicals
  • Inovyn
  • KPMG
  • Lucite International
  • Mexichem
  • RAS Ltd
  • Robinson Brothers Limited
  • University of Oxford
  • Urenco
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • The World Plastics Council

You can watch the trailer here.

The full programme will be available on our website next week. For more details, go to


The Humber Bank Contractor Competency Forum provides a consistent supply chain audit for contractors working for a group clients in the Humber Bank Process industries, aimed at promoting and improving standards of competence.

The Apprentice Awards are open to all apprentices in years 2, 3 or 4 working for Concom Client or Contractor member companies.  The apprenticeship can be in any discipline, any NVQ awarding body and with any training provider.  The Awards will be presented at the CATCH Annual Dinner on Thursday 9th May 2019.  The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £500 and 2 runners up will receive of £250 each.

Award Criteria

Applicants should write an article of no more 750 words and should include:

  1. An outline of their apprenticeship to date

2. A demonstration of their academic success, skills and on the job successes

3. Their understanding of the industry

4. Any other achievements that are relevant to their performance.

This must be supported by an employer testimonial as to why they think the apprentice is outstanding.

Please download the application form here Concom Apprentice Award Application 2019

Closing date

All entries to be submitted by 12.00 on Friday 1st February 2019

How to enter

Entries should be submitted with a completed application form and employers statement of support to

CATCH would like to thank E3 Recruitment for sponsoring the Concom Apprentice Awards:


BEIS is providing up to £18m of competitive grant funding to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is providing up to £18m of grant funding through a competitive process to support the uptake of industrial heat recovery projects.

BEIS has developed the Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) Programme to further understand the identified challenges and barriers to adoption and to increase industrial confidence in deploying heat recovery technologies by working with industry to address these barriers.

The IHRS Programme is a competitive grant funding programme in 2 phases, which aims to:

  • increase industry confidence to invest in technologies to recover heat from industrial processes
  • increase the deployment of such technologies in England and Wales

Industrial heat recovery is a process by which heat generated in or for an industrial process that otherwise would be wasted is recovered and used.  This waste heat can be used in a number of ways, including within the same facility for heat or cooling, by another end user (e.g. via a new or existing heat network), or by converting the waste heat to power.  Heat from all waste streams (solid, liquid and gas) are included in this definition.

Industrial heat recovery has the potential to realise significant energy bill and carbon savings for industry through a reduction in primary fuel use.  It therefore contributes to the government’s aims of achieving a low cost, clean and secure energy system and can also provide competitiveness and productivity gains, giving it strong links with the Industrial Strategy.

A study by Element Energy found that 11 TWh/year of industrial heat used in 2014 could have been technically recovered from industrial processes in eight key energy intensive sectors, but that only 5 TWh/year of this would have been commercially viable.  This illustrates that the deployment of industrial heat recovery is falling well short of its potential at present.  This is due to a number of technical barriers including insufficient knowledge and information, complexity of fitting heat recovery technologies to certain industrial processes and commercial barriers regarding the payback of investments and availability of capital.

Eligible proposals that are well aligned with the aims and objectives of the IHRS Programme will be able to apply for grants to partially fund the proposed project from concept through to delivery.

To find out more about the competition, click here.


Following on from the highly successful asset management event held in 2017, NEPIC is thrilled to announce its return and a host of new speakers and topics showcasing cross-sector best practice to drive forward improvements in productivity, reliability and safety.

Taking place on Wednesday 21 November at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall, we will demonstrate transferable lessons from across the manufacturing spectrum, that Production and Engineering Managers can apply to their own operations, as well as showcasing the broad range of asset management capabilities that are available within the region.

The event will also be supported by an asset management and manufacturing improvement focused exhibition which will include demonstrations of industrial asset management tools and techniques.

We are pleased to announce that the latest speaker to join this year’s line up is Tony Geraghty of Worley Parsons who will share his experience in the human element of asset management.

Full speaker line-up detailed below.
Tickets start from just £59. Secure your place today!


This year’s agenda will see:

•    How best to ensure that the people in the front line behave in a way which maximises success and minimises failure. Tony Geraghty of Worley Parsons will draw on his experience in helping clients improve performance over the past 25 years.

•    The latest insights from Siemens around digital asset management and in particular, the digitalisation of a brownfield plant and how this links to the government’s Made Smarter review that sets out how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology.

•    Frazer-Nash explain the challenges of life extension of ageing assets and the benefits of approaching the problem at three different levels – critical components; understand sensitivities and policies and governance. They will also discuss how a combination of operational data, targeted inspection data and engineering analysis can be used to deliver added value to operators of industrial process equipment at all levels from component up to the whole enterprise.

•    Engineering giant, ABB, will discuss the unpredictable failure modes of rotating equipment that can account for up to 40% of an operator’s total deferred annual production, and how using relevant engineering expertise, remote conditioning monitoring and digitisation techniques can optimise machine health and life.

•    Global technology engineering firm, TWI, will talk about the many recent advancements in NDT techniques and their applications that have transformed the traditional offerings of ultrasonic, X ray, dye penetrant and magnetic particle.

•    Newcastle-based Rosen will showcase maintenance planning and execution of best practice and how system capabilities can be exploited to deliver productivity and cost goals and also meet the needs of stakeholders.

•    Billingham firm, Phusion IM, will present on ‘Taking the Chew’ out of maintenance. In 1974 the first bar code was used to purchase a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum.  44 years later the concept of quick and easy access to information is the same, however, the technology has advanced with the advent of QR codes, RFID and NFC. Phusion will demonstrate real-life case studies and applications of how the adoption of intelligent tagging and mobile, cloud-based technology can enhance productivity and accuracy in maintenance management.

•    Tracerco, part of global chemical giant Johnson Matthey, will demonstrate the benefits of data mining and the organisation of data that is captured and utilisies intelligent analytics to create value for plant operators.

•    Turner & Townsend will describe how projects can be set up and executed successfully using case studies to illustrate best practice in this area. They will also demonstrate how to optimise information flow and knowledge maintenance on projects and programmes.

•    And winners of the 2018 NEPIC manufacturing award, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, will explain how their Cramlington facility has undergone a significant programme of change that focused on engaging with people at all levels within the organisation to drive step change improvement in SHE, quality, yield, uptime and reliability performance.

Event summary
Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 09:30-15:30
Venue: Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, County Durham, TS21 2EH
Quick Links: Find out more | Get tickets



5 December, 2018 –09.00–16.00

YOU ARE INVITED to a Nordic Heat Master Class in Grimsby, aiming to highlight initial business strategies, design solutions and step-in technologies when investing in the first heat network.  North East Lincolnshire is of particular interest as the council is now in the process of launching the implementation of the planned heat network.

THE OBJECTIVE is to present opportunities, solutions and strategies to making heat networks competitive from the very start.  We will make the end-users the starting point for the conversation.  The first priority for any DHN project team is to define the revenue model.  We need to identify the initial target customers, and even more importantly understand what it takes to convince them to replace existing gas boilers with heat networks.

THE AGENDA will involve speakers with different backgrounds– e.g. experienced project teams from other regions and abroad, design engineers, end-users, contractors, technology and service providers, investors and political decision makers.

Free of charge for local authorities and public stake holders
£150 (excl. VAT) for local suppliers (max 2 participants per company)
£450 (excl. VAT) for national & international suppliers (max 2 participants per company)

Peter Anderberg –Nordic Heat 70 56 111 99

Mark Woodward –Nordic Heat 114 230 4722


A new £2.6m business park has been approved (10 October) by North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee as part of the SHIIP programme designed to improve the economy in the area.

Strategically located at the junction of the A180 and the A1173, it has good access to the Ports of Immingham and Grimsby, and has ready access to the strategic highway network.

The site has been allocated for employment purposes in the Local Plan and is also a designated Humber LEP Enterprise Zone.

The work at Stallingborough Interchange Business Park will include:

·       Creation of a new roundabout on the A1173 to provide access to the site, and associated other highways works

·       Build new access roads within the site

·       Build substations, pumping stations

·       Provide drainage infrastructure

·       Landscaping

Once complete, the new 106 acre (43-hectare) park will give the potential for approximately 1.6million square feet (150,000m2) of business space (around 20 units) and up to 2672 national standard jobs. The space will be allocated for research and development, general industry and storage and distribution units.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The availability of good quality employment land within North East Lincolnshire is currently very limited and this is the first steps in addressing this. Additionally, recent evidence has shown that there is real potential for employment growth over the next 10-20 years. This is a key milestone in the South Humber Industrial Investment Plan, and one I’m delighted has progressed.”

Plans have already been approved for the creation of the South Humber Bank Link Road, which will link Grimsby and Stallingborough on a parallel road to the A180 and help movement between the ports.

Funding for the Stallingborough Interchange Business Park scheme has come from  North East Lincolnshire Council (£13.4m) and is match funded with £2.6m funds from the Humber LEP. Work is due to start on site in early 2019, with the project completed by mid 2020.


Energy Institute chief executive Louise Kingham OBE has described the Humber’s ‘Energy Estuary’ slogan as “not just a concept or PR headline, but a real-world jewel of the UK energy system”.

The senior figure at the helm of the professional chartered organisation was addressing the first joint Energy Institute and Catch Energy Conference, held at the Stallingborough base of the member organisation.

More than 50 delegates heard her describe the Humber LEP’s Blueprint for an Industrial Strategy as “an ambitious, but realistic, claim for this region to be central to the UK’s future economic success,” praising the response to the Clean Growth ‘grand challenge’ set by the Government – not only in low carbon energy generation, goods and services, but also in the more efficient use of energy and resources by industry.

“I believe the collaboration we see in our industry here in Humber promises to deliver for the region and the UK,” she said. “The region as a whole is pulling together, with our industry at its heart.”

It came ahead of the Humber branch’s annual dinner at Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby, and saw the launch of a refreshed new Energy Estuary map from Bondholders.

“The Humber’s role in the UK’s energy system really does take some beating,” Mrs Kingham said, listing how it is responsible for one third of the UK’s coal imports, one third of the UK’s fuel, one fifth of the natural gas landed and one sixth of electricity generated.

“With two refineries and strengths in steel, chemicals and process industries, the Humber has one of the largest concentrations of energy intensive industries in the country. The banks of the Humber – the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby, Trent, Goole – are home to established and still flourishing industries.







Ctrl Hub are adding real value to Northern Gas Networks in supporting their drive towards industry best practice, productivity improvement and cost reduction.

Northern Gas Network (NGN) have been using Ctrl Hub as their operational management platform since January 2017.  The implementation of the digital cloud-based system has transformed several key business areas for NGN including:

  • Health and safety compliance
  • Governance of supply chain risk
  • Operational efficiency
  • Business risk reduction
  • Regulatory reporting

NGN operate the gas transmission assets for 2.7 million homes and businesses across the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire.  To support their standing as industry leaders in network performance and customer service they are focused on driving forward innovation, efficiency and best practice in the industry.  With an aging network and ever-increasing pressures to deliver improvements in performance for less cost to the consumer, NGN identified that continuing to operate in the traditional fashion was not sustainable.  There was a clear need for change.  This is where Ctrl Hub came in.

With a diverse supply chain, operating across multiple locations and usually working in close proximity to the public, it was both difficult and essential that risk was managed at all times.  Ctrl Hub provided the opportunity to achieve this.

A Centralised and Secure Management Platform

Created as a joint venture between a construction company and a utilities company Ctrl Hub is designed to securely and efficiently store and share critical operational information.  Traditionally a mixture of paper records, or siloed electronic systems and spreadsheets held much of the key information such as qualifications, certifications, drawings, personnel or fleet records.  There had been little change in how the industry had operated, from an on-site operations perspective, for around 40 years.

By combining competency and training records, fleet and plant maintenance schedules, project drawings, forms and permits onto one electronic platform, Ctrl Hub enables strong governance and visibility over operations and supply chain, accessible via any internet enabled device.

The Ctrl Hub system was customised to fit around the specific operational requirements of NGN.  A joint working group was put together comprising of Ctrl Hub developers and a cross-department team from NGN to work together on the development, roll-out and training aspects.  Ctrl Hub now enables NGN to have, via dashboards and early warning notifications, instant verification that their people, plant, vehicles and equipment are compliant and operating safely.  NGN have over 1,000 direct and indirect staff on the Ctrl Hub system and entries for over 4,000 equipment, vehicles and plant.

“Because of the secure tiered access system, our area managers have live access to the status of every job within their area of responsibility.  Every morning they can view the entire workforce within a map view, and the RAG traffic light coding provides an instant visual check of compliance.  We can literally view, at the click of a mouse or touch of a screen, every single worker operating in our supply chain, to verify that they are qualified, competent and compliant.  The same applies to vehicles, plant and equipment.” Sam Mannion, NGN Business Support Manager.

By providing accurate live data across the supply chain, Ctrl Hub has revolutionised the way NGN manages its business and supply chain risk. Now stakeholders at various levels within multiple organisations are given real time assurance in an efficient manner.

Driving Operational Efficiency and Cost Reduction

But Ctrl Hub hosts more than training, calibration and competency documents.  It also drives operational efficiency and best practice for NGN by providing total operational management.  Using digital forms and best practice processes, Ctrl Hub guides site teams through a variety of workflows, driving compliance at all levels.  Costs are reduced as Ctrl Hub helps significantly reduce the amount of time spent on non-revenue generating tasks such as monitoring, updating and maintaining spreadsheets and downloading, printing and filing paper-based forms.

At each stage of a project stakeholders can check in on the project status.  Site teams are prompted to record progress by taking photos and videos of key elements.  For example, taking images to supplement a site risk assessment, recording how tidy a site is left at the end of the working day, or confirm that components have been tested before they are installed onto live plant.

Electronic forms are completed, stored and are available to be viewed immediately.  They can be accessed instantly in the future, in the event of an incident or claim, searchable by reference to a worker, or a specific job.  This results in huge risk reduction, as well as a reduction in administrative time in storage and accessing of paper forms.  Electronic job packs provide instant access to all the plans, forms and reference materials that operatives need on site to be able to carry out their work.

Due to its modular design and the support provided by the Ctrl Hub implementation team, new functionality has been added to enhance the systems offering even further.  Ctrl Hub is much more than an IT product.  The Ctrl Hub team act as consultants, working with NGN to continually identify and implement business improvement processes.

Looking Forward

As a result of the success during the first year of operation, NGN have renewed their agreement with Ctrl Hub, making it mandatory for all their supply chain partners.  The ongoing relationship gives peace of mind that all sub-contractors have requisite licences and insurances, that all operatives are properly trained and qualified, and that all forms and processes are completed, submitted, approved and stored in a central and secure system.

Ctrl Hub have been working with NGN throughout on developing and enhancing the system further, and is proud to work with clients providing a solution that fits the business – rather than the common situation where a business purchases software and finds that it must then fit around that system.

If you would like to know about Ctrl Hub and how the team can work with your business to drive transformation, improve compliance and reduce risk please get in touch via the details below:

Mark Baty

Business Development Manager

M: 07725348686




The Northern Lincolnshire based historic lime company Singleton Birch has unveiled a new brand to reflect its continued growth.

Singleton Birch was founded in 1815 and although it has diversified into a number of sectors, its core business remains chalk and lime products.

Richard Stansfield, Managing Director of Singleton Birch, said: “We are very proud of our heritage but we don’t rely on our past.

“We continue to innovate and this has led us to move successfully into areas such as renewable energy and specialist chemicals.

“Our new design matches our ambitions for the future while also linking to the raw material that we have been getting out of the ground since the days of William Singleton Birch.”

The new logo is inspired by a coccolith, a microscopic shell which forms the chalk found at Singleton Birch’s Melton Ross quarry.

The logo was designed by Pace Communications, a creative agency based in Hull.

Pictured L to R Back Row: Martyn Gardiner, Steve Foster and Martin Haworth

L to R Front Row: Stuart Counsell, Richard Stansfield and Ellen Tatterton


CPI has received a share of £1bn Government funding to support next-generation manufacturing work across the High Value Manufacturing Catapult programme.

The five-year agreement will drive future projects across the Government’s Catapult network, which stimulates and supports the commercial application of new technologies through the development of innovative processes.

CPI has received a £107m tranche of the £1bn pot, which will be used to continue its focus on advancing technologies for next-generation manufacturing to bring new products and processes to market more efficiently and at lower cost.

The Government says the funding boost, which includes a £780m commitment made today (Friday, August 10), puts backing for British scientific and technological expertise at a 40-year high.

CPI, which is the process manufacturing partner of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, will use the money to maintain its strong track record in supporting partners across markets such as healthcare, electronics, energy, aerospace, chemical processing, food and agriculture, transport and construction.

It will also help create more highly-skilled jobs, pushing CPI’s existing 400-strong workforce towards the 500 mark.

CEO Nigel Perry MBE FREng, said: “I’m delighted with this funding; it will allow us to continue operating and working at what we do for the next five years, playing a key role in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy and the Northern Powerhouse.

Our deep understanding of innovation processes, combined with our outstanding technical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities help companies develop, prove and prototype next-generation products and processes that deliver highly-skilled jobs and sustained economic growth for the UK.”

The funding also means we can increase the number of people we’ve got, which is important.

These are world-class scientists and engineers we are bringing up here and helping the companies we work with succeed.

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s ambition is to improve the UK’s performance in translating the strengths of its world leading research base into the goods and processes which equip the UK’s high value manufacturers for success in challenging global markets.

Welcoming the £780m announcement, Allan Cook, Chair of the High Value Manufacturing HVM Catapult, said: “Innovation is a risky business.”

By removing risk and providing access to expertise and the tools of innovation, the HVM Catapult plays a key role in boosting the performance of manufacturers across the UK.

“The funding announced by Government means we can build our capability to help firms of all sizes harness the potential of new technologies to improve their productivity, increase their competitiveness and secure new customers around the world.”

Dick Elsy, HVM Catapult CEO, Dick Elsy, said: “The HVM Catapult is perfectly placed to make a full contribution to a successful UK industrial strategy.

In our first six years of operation we have established a proven track record, generating investment in research and development and driving improvements in manufacturing productivity and competitiveness.

The five-year funding package allows us to build on our early successes, broadening our productivity impacts while equipping British firms with the manufacturing innovation they need to compete in uncertain and challenging international markets.

Our support has never been more needed.


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