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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.


2019 is the first year that CATCH and YCF will combine their member directories. The big book of the Humber and the YCF members directory will form a new publication specifically for the manufacturing, energy and process industries.
The Directory will be distributed online to over 2500 members and associates in various sectors, from speciality chemicals, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, energy, petrochemicals and more!
The joint Directory follows the merger of the two companies in June 2018, so the addition of a new directory, which will showcase the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond, will serve as guidance for members, connect manufactures and providers, aid networking and collaboration. It will also detail information on the benefits and services the two organisations deliver to its members and associates.  Including CATCH skills, ConCom, manufacturer only networks and Clusters such as the Cosmetics Cluster UK and the Chemicals Cluster UK.
The directory will be free for members and non-members to access and is a fantastic way to connect with fellow companies in the industry.
Please click here to download the CATCH & YCF Directory media pack for advertising opportunities.
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