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NEPIC is holding a conference on 27th March which will be highlighting practical ways for companies to take advantage of digital technology to improve their operational and maintenance effectiveness. There will also be a session in the afternoon about cyber security including a ‘live ‘hack on a control system and an update from the HSE on their guidance in this area.

See information below:

The agenda is packed with interesting ways to help companies in your cluster improve their plant performance whilst making sure that cyber security is not compromised.

Intro and keynote from Sabic about Opportunities and challenges from digitisation and how to ensure benefits are realised whilst protecting the company from cyber attacks

Manufacturing and Process improvement

Input from sponsor Emerson on Accelerating Digital Transformation in the Process Industry

Input from Phusion IM and Sword IT Solutions on How a comprehensive Master Data Model can lead to improved operational benefits illustrated by a case study

Input from Jumping Rivers on How Machine Learning can be used to improve Industrial Processes

Input from JMP Analytics on How to transform your workforce to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0

Supply Chain Improvement

Input from Siemens on How digitisation can be used to transform supply chains illustrated by case studies

Input from Focul on Creating a logistics system which integrates and provides collective benefit across procurement, operations and supply chain teams  illustrated by a case study

Input from Evolution MRO on Using digitisation to optimise inventory management

Cyber Security

‘Live’ hack from Tekgem on an industrial control system

Input from the HSE on Updated guidance for cyber security on Industrial Automation and Control systems

Input from Locktons on The insurers perspective on cyber security and the importance of protecting business systems

Input form ABB on Playing the long game, How hackers exploit your system and how to detect their presence


Please register via the link

NEPIC Digitalisation & Cyber Security Conference



Teesside University, Darlington

Thursday 11th April 2019, 9:00am–1:00pm

A free, half-day event showcasing the latest discoveries and innovation for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) from across the Yorkshire, Humber and Teesside region. Full programme and registration.


This is a free, half-day event showcasing the latest discoveries and innovation for AD from across the Yorkshire, Humber and Teesside region. Hear from biologists, chemists, engineers and other AD scientists from both the public and private sectors. A series of talks will be followed by a poster session and networking lunch.

Draft programme

9.00 – arrival and coffee

9.30 – introduction

9.45 – James Chong (University of York)

10.00 – Caroline Orr (University of Teesside)

10.15 – tbc

10.30 – Alex Jukes (Biorenewables Development Centre)

10.45 – coffee and networking

11.15 – tbc

11.30 – tbc

11.45 Summary

12 – 1 Networking lunch and poster session

After lunch, there is an optional tour of the National Horizons Centre.




The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that manufacture or import chemicals from the EU will have to register those chemicals to a new UK regulatory system. UK REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) will replace EU REACH and will require businesses to demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.

The chemicals sector is the UK’s second biggest manufacturing industry and UK businesses currently hold over 12,000 registrations with REACH. A ‘no deal’ would mean that a range of other key sectors would also be required to register any imported chemicals they use on UK REACH. This would include the motor manufacturing, cosmetics, construction and cleaning products industries.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is the job of a responsible Government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.

“It is not just chemicals producers that could be affected by this change so I encourage all businesses that use chemicals to read the guidance on the HSE website and check whether they need to take action.”

Under the new requirements, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal:

  • UK businesses that manufacture a chemical (those currently registered to EU REACH) will need to validate their existing registration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) within 60 days of the UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that import a chemical substance from the EU will need to notify HSE within 180 days of UK leaving the EU.
  • UK businesses that export chemicals to the EU will need to have an EU REACH registration in place once the UK leaves the EU.

In addition, more technical information will need to be submitted by businesses to HSE within two years of EU Exit. The requirements are part of the Government’s commitment to maintain environmental standards after we leave the EU.

In order to register on UK REACH in a no deal scenario, businesses need to take the following action:

  • Identify the chemical and quantity that they use;
  • Understand how to register that chemical by reading the EU Exit guidance; and
  • Prepare the information for that registration.
  • Businesses that may be affected should read the latest guidance on requirements for using chemicals after the UK leaves the EU on HSE.GOV.UK/EuExitReach


INEOS will build a new VAM (Vinyl Acetate Monomer) facility at its Saltend site in Hull

The investment will create 40 new jobs, doubling the size of the workforce

The new unit will comprise a 300kt per year of VAM, to be sold in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world

Graham Beesley CEO of INEOS Oxide said: “This is an exciting time for INEOS and great news for manufacturing in the region. We are proud to be bringing production of this important material back to the UK. This will not only strengthen UK manufacturing but boost exports from the UK to Europe and the globe.”

Today INEOS has announced it will build a new Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) plant in Hull through a   £150 million investment.

The unit will form part of INEOS’ £1 billion investment in the UK designed to ensure its British assets stay world class for a generation.

The capacity of the plant at the INEOS site in Hull is expected to be 300,000 tonnes per year. The investment will bring production of an important raw material back to the UK. VAM is a key component in a wide range of important high-end products including laminated windscreens, toughened glass, adhesives, coatings, films, textiles and carbon fibre.

It will meet the growing demand for VAM in Europe and across the globe, supporting INEOS’ strong position as a leading supplier to a wide range of markets. The investment is underpinned by the availability of raw materials from Grangemouth and other investment in import and export infrastructure to ensure the site’s ability to produce and deliver competitively.

Graham Beesley CEO of INEOS Oxide said “This is an exciting time for INEOS and great news for manufacturing in the region. We are proud to be bringing production of this important material back to the UK. This will not only strengthen UK manufacturing but boost exports from the UK to Europe and the rest of the world. This investment underlines our commitment to manufacturing in the UK and our faith in the Hull site and our skilled and committed workforce.”


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