Adhesives, Aluminium and the Automotive Industry

Adhesives are integral to component joining in a range of industries and applications, offering a number of benefits such as reduced production costs and increased production speeds. Used where welding or fastening is difficult or not an option, adhesives have seen widespread use, for example in joining high-grade aluminium alloys for the automotive sector.

TWI has a great deal of experience in adhesive bonding and how it has proven to be beneficial for a range of materials including aluminium. You can find out more here: Adhesives, Aluminium and the Automotive Industry

We are very pleased to welcome Architectural & Metal Systems into membership of the Aluminium Federation

We are very pleased to welcome Architectural & Metal Systems into membership of the Aluminium Federation. AMS is Ireland’s only independently owned manufacturer of extruded aluminium profiles. They specialise in aluminium extrusion, powder coated aluminium and sheet metal fabrication as wells as providing many other services from their vast 250,000 sq. ft. facility. AMS also supply a wide range of thermally efficient aluminium windows, door and other commercial systems to various industries globally. The company’s business divisions include standard engineering products, architectural glazing systems, curtain walling architectural paint finishes and a bespoke aluminium design & extrusions service.

AMS offers many advantages to their customers. They can offer a complete, turnkey solution for all aluminium products and service requirements. This is thanks to their highly trained and skilled workforce as well as their two extrusion presses. They have a state-of-the-art powder coating, wood finish and fabrication facility that can bring products from conception to project delivery all under the one roof. AMS can offer consistency in service, quality, colour and complete traceability maintaining and ensuring our quality standards such as ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001. Because they have total control over all the processes from start to finish, they are able to offer their customers the best possible service to enable them to react to tight deadlines.

AMS understands the value of innovation, keeping ahead of the latest trends and technologies. Their investment in research and development has greatly contributed to the growth of the company. They are very proud of their numerous innovative and patented products which include window, door and curtain wall systems. Their patented technology ensures that they meet and exceed industry standards. With over 180 dynamic and resourceful employees, they pride themselves in supplying to the marketplace a professional, unrivalled high-quality service.

https://www.ams.ie/

BEIS Bulletin from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Contents:

  • Sign-up to join online panel event hosted by the Secretary of State – Plan for Growth: How to Drive Innovation
  • Non-essential retailers, outdoor hospitality and personal care businesses reopen as step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown began on 12 April
  • UK enshrines in law new target to slash emissions by 78% by 2035
  • Minister Trevelyan visits Hinkley Point and National College for Nuclear
  • Millions get pay rise from 1 April as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Read more: Welcome to the BEIS Bulletin from the Department for Business – 22 April 2021

REACH ‘Grandfathering’ Deadline: 30 April 2021

At the end of the EU Exit implementation period your UK-held EU REACH registration (as defined in Article 127A) has been carried over or ‘grandfathered’ into UK REACH.

In an analogous way, existing UK-held registrations for On-site Isolated Intermediates, Transported Isolated Intermediates and PPORD exemptions are grandfathered into UK REACH (Articles 127L, 127M and 127K respectively).

By 30 April 2021: GB-based holders of existing registrations and PPORDs under EU REACH must submit information in accordance with the transitional provisions of UK REACH.

What you should do to grandfather your registration

You will need to provide some information about your registration dossier in IUCLID 6 format, through the Comply with UK REACH service on GOV.UK. Guidance on how to Grandfather an existing EU registration under Articles 127B, 127L or 127M of UK REACH (as appropriate) is available.

The guidance outlines the information that you are required to submit.

What you should do to grandfather your PPORD

You will need to notify HSE, via email, of the relevant information required as per Article 9(2) of the REACH regulation. Guidance on how to Grandfather an EU REACH PPORD is available.

The guidance outlines the information that you are required to submit in accordance with Article 127K of UK REACH.

UK REACH service on GOV.UK

The Comply with UK REACH service on GOV.UK will only accept dossiers that are compiled using IUCLID 6.

If your dossiers are in an older format you will need to convert them as per the guidance on the IUCLID website.

Local metal recycler, EMR, improves youth employment opportunities with donation to Iconic Steps

EMR Wandsworth, based on Pensbury Place, has joined forces with Iconic Steps to support their employability skills programme.

Iconic Steps, founded in 2012, supports young people from diverse backgrounds, who find themselves marginalised through no fault of their own, in finding employment opportunities. The social enterprise takes a holistic approach to their development support, offering both industry specific training and life skills workshops.

EMR’s donation to the local social enterprise will enable more 16 to 25-year-olds to attend their employability skills programme. The programme offers young people mentoring and practical experience on commissioned projects, as well as workshops covering resilience, personal finance, email etiquette and CV writing.

The donation was given as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme. Launched in 2020, the programme aims to support young people up and down the country, who are impacted by circumstances beyond their control, to build a brighter future.

Faron Llewellyn, Operations Manager at EMR Wandsworth said: “The transition into employment can be a challenging time for many and real world experience can be hard to come across. Iconic Steps offers an invaluable opportunity for young people to gain skills and experience which they can take forward into their adult life.

“I look forward to working with Victoria and the team at Iconic Steps and witnessing the positive impact that this donation will have on young people.”

Iconic Steps CEO, Victoria Ijeh, added: “We are thankful to EMR for their support and look forward to working together to empower young people to reach their full potential.”

Business Bulletin – Brexit: New rules are here – 19 April 2021

Issue 79: 19 April 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the Brexit transition period has ended. There are new rules for businesses doing business with the EU from 1 January, and you need to take action now. All information on Brexit can be found at www.gov.uk/transition. This bulletin is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and provides the latest information for businesses.

  • Apply for a grant to help small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting
  • New Guidance
  • Updated Guidance
  • Webinars

Read more: Business Bulletin – Brexit – New rules are here – 19 April 2021

The benefits of outsourcing energy procurement

Power-sharing in the energy industry can make a lot of sense.

Securing the right energy contract for a business can be a time-consuming process due to the complexities of the energy market; the large number of suppliers; and the variety of different terms available.

Those organisations who have the necessary in-house expertise and staff resources to pinpoint the right time and the right energy contract may decide to take care of this aspect of energy management themselves.

But not all energy or facilities managers have a team around them; some work in isolation, and they may be facing an ever-growing list of responsibilities, including the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, waste management and sustainable development.

As the energy markets are fast-moving and often volatile, given the huge range of factors that affect prices, it is important to stay completely up-to-date with the current picture.

Whilst no-one could have foreseen that a giant cargo ship longer than four rugby pitches would have blocked off the world’s largest trade route for a week and thus prevent fuel supplies from getting to their intended destinations on time, a trained eye, with the right analysis tools to assist them, can spot energy price trends in advance.

Outsourcing energy procurement to a trusted and reputable energy consultancy can take the pressure away from businesses and ensure they are not paying over the odds for their gas and electricity, or signing up to unfavourable terms and conditions that may lead to penalty charges down the line.

With an ever-changing renewables landscape and related Third Party Charges (TPCs), compliance and legislation is another area of energy management that is increasingly taking up more of an energy manager’s time.

At Energy Management, we have been helping clients with their whole energy services portfolio for over two decades and support clients in a variety of different industries, in both the private and public sectors.

As the name implies, our Choice Energy Framework (CEF) offers more choice and a better deal for those public sector organisations that join. If you would like to know more about our commercial energy procurement solutions or the public sector Choice Energy Framework you can speak to a member of our team 01225 867722.

EMR’s Race to Zero: How the UN-backed campaign is influencing our action on sustainability

At EMR, we are going through an exciting and challenging transition which is putting sustainability and awareness of our environmental impact at the heart of everything we do.

We have committed to become a fully net-zero business by 2040. To do this in a way that is both measurable and internationally recognised, we have joined a small, but growing number of significant organisations in committing to achieving net-zero carbon emissions across all scopes (1, 2 and 3[1]) by 2040 through the development of science-based targets.

By making this commitment, EMR has joined the Race to Zero[2], a global campaign supported by the United Nations, which brings together 454 cities, 23 regions, 1,397 businesses, 74 investors as well as 569 universities from every corner of the world.  By joining the Race to Zero we are able to ensure that our efforts are aligned with some of the world’s leading climate scientists.

This commitment is designed to play our part in the effort to limit global warming to 1.5° – the higher level ambition under the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)[3].

Climate scientists agree that anything above that would mean the degree of change to our environment would be more acute, longer lasting and would be a lot more difficult for humankind to deal with. This is the guiding principle for science-based targets and highlights just how much is at stake.

The SBTi features many household names, including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, General Motors, Coca Cola, Scania, BT and Unilever, with each agreeing to meet the net-zero target. By standing alongside these firms, EMR is proud to be taking a lead in the recycling industry.

So, how does the SBTi fit within the work EMR is already doing? The targets are split into three parts (Scope 1, 2 and 3) and have helped to define the direction and timing of our wider ‘Decade of Action’ strategy.

Scope 1 represents all direct emissions produced by a company in its day-to-day activities including the use of fossil fuels and emissions created during the processing of products. Scope 2, meanwhile, includes indirect emissions associated with the purchase and use of electricity.

We will meet these targets by transitioning towards 100% renewable electricity by 2030 (RE100 initiative[4]). We are also enabling our colleagues to transition to electric vehicles (EV100 initiative[5]) and making good progress on energy efficiency and productivity (EP100 initiative[6]).

There is much more to do over the coming years if we are to meet our ambition. Many of our near-term actions focus on Scope 1 (direct carbon emissions from our operations) and Scope 2 (indirect carbon emissions associated with electricity consumption).

Scope 3 is more difficult. This is a commitment to remove carbon emissions from along the chain of activities a business is associated with, in our case those supplying EMR with materials and our ultimate customers.

Like many other companies, we acknowledge that tackling Scope 3 carbon emissions will be more challenging. For a company that works closely with the construction, transport and steel industries, this is a challenge that EMR is prepared to tackle ‘head-on’, as part of our overall commitments for net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

We have already made a good start through our joint study with the Carbon Trust where we have established a footprint for some of our key products.

We want to work closely with our customers and suppliers in an effort to help them to progress to their own carbon ambitions. We also need to support companies and industries which are on their own trajectories, developing technologies such as zero carbon shipping or developing our own products to improve the productivity and quality of steelmaking from recycled raw materials.

The good news is that by working towards our targets across all scopes (1, 2 and 3), with our customers and suppliers, we will be able to produce low and zero carbon products that will help our clients and customers meet their own net-zero goals. This will give every business along EMR’s supply chain a clear competitive advantage in a world that is putting increasing focus on operating more sustainably.

And it underlines one of the key messages of ‘Our Decade of Action’ strategy: the Race to Zero isn’t only vital for our planet; it is also good for business.

 

[1] Greenhouse Gas Protocol – A Corporate Accounting & Reporting Standard

[2] Race to Zero Campaign

[3] Science Based Targets Initiative Business Ambition for 1.5oC Commitment Letter (v1.3)

[4] https://www.theclimategroup.org/about_re100

[5] https://www.theclimategroup.org/ev100

[6] https://www.theclimategroup.org/ep100