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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


Our annual dinner takes place on Thursday 9th May 2019 at the Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby, Hull.
With a difference….. 
Together we present:
The CATCH & YCF Annual Awards Dinner, featuring:

  • Drinks Reception – meet the sponsors
  • Three course meal
  • ConCom Apprentice of the Year Award
  • People Awards
  • Plus After dinner speaker
  • And a Charity Raffle

Sponsorship packages are available now – this is your opportunity to showcase your business to an expected 300+ industry professionals, throughout Yorkshire & Humber and beyond.
Further details and a booking form Annual Dinner Booking Form 2019
This event will be our largest awards dinner to date and we would love for you to be involved!
If you have any questions at all, please contact Lisa – or


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:


We would like to invite you to the next UK public Reliability & Operations Excellence Master Class
Date: December 5th 2018
Location: CATCH, Humberside
Through inspirational case studies from some of the world’s best operations, this one-day workshop will show you how to:
-Establish reliability alongside safety and quality as a core value in your business
-Increase quality production capability whilst sustainably reducing costs
-Make step changes in your safety and environmental performance
-Implement reliability practices throughout your organisation
-Lead the culture change to high reliability performance
-Create defect elimination habits in your workforce
Please see the below link for more information on the event…

Masterclass Event Flyer

CATCH Members entitled to 15% discount off all bookings made before
October 31st 2018 using discount code CATCH15
Register Now


Please find attached the full details of our Practical Brexit event on the 4th December, kindly hosted by Thor Specialities and sponsored by E3 Recruitment and Microbiological Solutions.
Flyer – Brexit
The programme is as follows:
10:00     Registration
10:30     Welcome and update, Dr Gillian Westgate, Chair
11:00     Keynote, Francesca Rapolla, Regulatory Officer, CTPA
11:30     Our Regulatory Plans, Scott Betts, Technical Manager, Thor Specialities (UK) Limited
12:00     Lunch & Networking
13:00     The Responsible Person, Alex Fotheringham, Microbiological Solutions
13:30     Sufachem’s Strategy, Greg Barton, Deputy Managing Director, Surfachem
14:00     Roundtable Q&A Session & Refreshments
15:00    Panel Discussion & Final Comments
15:30     Optional Tour of Thor
16:30     Close
I do hope that you are able to join us – members of CATCH, YCF & CCUK are just £35+vat and non-members £145+vat.   To book your place, please visit our new Cosmetics Cluster UK website – – we hope you like it!
For more information please contact:  Lisa Buck, Operations Manager
M: 07545 159503


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


CATCH was really pleased to take delivery of a Nacelle from Siemens Gamesa at the end of October.  Transporting the 80 ton piece of equipment from Siemens in Hull to CATCH was a huge logistical task that was overseen throughout by Iain Ritchie from Ritchie Services.
The nacelle provides a whole new dimension in developing the offshore wind training offer for the region and fits in with the CATCH model of using real life equipment and plant to support skills and competency development.
We would like to thank the Siemens Gamesa Training Centre in Hull for the very kind donation.  The plan now is to protect the equipment from the elements and to work with our partners North Lindsey College to turn it into a first class training aid for mechanical and electrical training.
David Talbot, CEO of CATCH said ‘CATCH is very grateful to Siemens Gamesa for the donation of this great training aid.  We can see a wide variety of uses for the nacelle and will be working with our partner, North Lindsey College, and other stakeholders to develop the equipment to its true potential.  CATCH is a non-profit skills development organisation that is led by industry and relies on donations such as this nacelle to ensure that we can continue to provide relevant, up-to-date, contextualised training that is demanded by industry.’


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

10:00 – Registration and refreshments
10:30 – Introduction and update on EU Exit negotiations
10:45 – Supply chains, tariffs and rules of origin (presentation followed by facilitated group discussions)
Government is talking to with businesses to ensure that the rules of origin we agree with the EU allow businesses to continue to operate integrated supply chains.  Officials will explain what rules of origin are and how they are relevant to businesses in ensuring that trade tariffs are avoided, before helping industry representatives to explore the potential impacts on their companies.  Registrants will be sent information and a questionnaire ahead of the event.
12:00 – Customs and the border (presentation followed by Q&A with government and industry panel)
Officials will explain how the UK’s customs proposals would operate, demystify some of the complex issues around border administration and help industry representatives to explore what preparations they can make for new trading arrangements.
13:00 – Lunch
13:45 – Regulations (presentation followed by Q&A with government and industry panel)
Officials will explain the impact on the chemicals regulatory regimes in a no-deal scenario, describe the action that the Government is taking to mitigate the risks associated with this, and outline what businesses need to do from a regulatory perspective in order to minimise disruptions to the chemicals supply chain.
15:00 – General Q&A with a joint Government/industry panel to allow businesses to highlight other issues
15:30 – Closing remarks and next steps
These events are intended to support chemicals businesses, as well as downstream users of chemicals (coatings, plastics, cleaning products, cosmetics, adhesives etc), to understand the potential impacts of EU Exit on their business in key areas such as regulations, tariffs/rules of origin and customs/border processes.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions of policy officials, advise Government on the impact of EU Exit on your business and help to shape the negotiation and policy positions that will support the sector.
Please register now for your nearest event:


CATCH hosted a meeting on 6 November for anyone interested in the MBA Apprenticeship with the University of Hull.
CATCH CEO, David Talbot outlined why CATCH has become involved in this opportunity.
Nicholas Snowden and Adam Greenwood from the University of Hull gave an overview of the programme  – more details can be found here
Delegates had the opportunity to ask questions.
The delivery of the MBA Apprenticeship at CATCH will be possible with 20 registrations so please contact us for more details.


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