Health & Safety – Aluminium in Consumer Products

What the science says..

Aluminium and Health

The International Aluminium Institute has prepared a set of information sheets on the use of aluminium in some common consumer products.

For more information visit this link.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Bridgnorth Aluminium plant in the United Kingdom against ASI Performance Standard

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Bridgnorth Aluminium’s plant in Shropshire, UK has been successfully certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The plant’s operations include casthouses, rolling mills, two Litho Centres, a multi-slitting line and finishing lines. The company has manufactured aluminium strip since 1933.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The independent, third-party audit of the Bridgnorth Aluminium plant was carried out by DNV GL.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “We warmly congratulate Bridgnorth Aluminium on their ASI Certification, connecting a historical company with their contemporary commitment to sustainability. Since the company’s products are used in such diverse sectors like lithographic printing and automotive, packaging and energy, Bridgnorth is a great ambassador of responsible production practices for these downstream industries.”

Simon MacVicker, Managing Director of Bridgnorth Aluminium said “We are very proud to achieve this ASI certification, which follows rigorous external assessment of our business and the way we run it. We are proud that our longstanding efforts towards sustainability are now objectively recognised, and we will use the new knowledge and experience, which we have gained through the certification process in order to further improve our sustainability performance”.

RCI Show Offers Opportunities for Professional Development

Now open for free visitor registration

London, UK, 14 January 2020 – The Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show (RCI), returns to Coventry on 25th – 26th March 2020 and is now open for free visitor registration. The 2020 RCI Show will comprise key elements to ensure visitors are offered opportunities to develop their professional knowledge, view the latest tools and materials and build important supplier relationships enabling them to make informed decisions for their businesses.

The keynote conference and seminar programme features content from industry leaders and industry associations. The programme will kick-off with a 9:00am breakfast briefing from event sponsor Kiwa Building Products, including breakfast rolls and hot refreshments for all delegates. Further highlights on day one include the Scaffolding Association providing a best practise guide to commissioning scaffolding, Janice Tyler of Briggs Amasco will show how the roofing industry can mitigate the effects it has on climate change and Vivalda Chairman, Peter Johnson will discuss managing through tough times – Austerity, Grenfell and Brexit.

The opening keynote of on the second day of the show is being delivered by The Manufacturing Technology Centre’s Trudi Sully from the Construction Innovation Hub. Following sessions include Bauder’s Nigel Blacklock discussing fire in flat roofing, John Mercer will show delegates how to design and construct modern pitch roofs to be watertight & durable and Marley will discuss Making the Grade – BS5534 graded roofing battens: Are you roofing to standard?

To promote professional development within the industry, practical workshop and CPD seminar sessions are being delivered by Actis Insulation, Fixfast, Quin Global, Xtratherm and Mates in Mind. The Actis Insulation session will show how Building Regulation compliance of construction systems can be obtained. The module shows a manufacturer’s view on how compliance can be achieved by providing trusted products within building systems and robust laboratory and real-life testing of materials within construction systems.

Alongside the conference and workshop programme the RCI exhibition of leading suppliers will feature live product and tool demonstrations as well as product application inspiration.  Visitors can tailor their visit to meet their unique requirements by pre-booking their preferred conference and workshop sessions during the booking process.

The RCI Show is delivered in association with RCI magazine, is supported by sponsors, Fixfast, Kiwa Building Products, Xtratherm and DT Technologies and key media partner, Fix Radio, who will be broadcasting live from the show floor.

For full details and to pre-register for a free pass, visit the website.

About MA Exhibitions

The Mark Allen Group is a progressive media business, which delivers high-quality content through market-leading journals, magazines, exhibitions, conferences, books and websites. Our brands offer unrivalled access to specialists in healthcare, education, business and consumer markets.

MA Exhibitions has a varied and diverse events programme encompassing all the Group’s markets. The events are supported by the editorial expertise behind our publications, as well as our specialist teams in event production, marketing and logistics. Together, this ensures the highest quality content and the maximum reach to each audience.

For further information, contact Nicki Jackson, Events Director, MA Exhibitions Ltd on email: or tel: 01322 626953

ALFED President Giles Ashmead to hand over presidency in 2020

Thank you Giles

Giles Ashmead, ALFED President

Giles Ashmead has been President of the Aluminium Federation since May 2017, his input and support has been greatly appreciated by all at ALFED.

Giles’ President’s tenure will end in 2019, his input will continue with his role as ‘Immediate Past President’ and also with the ALFED Finishing Sector group.

We will soon be welcoming Clive Bush as our new President starting from January 2020, Clive is an ALFED board member bringing valuable experience and insight from his role as Business Development Director of Amari Metals.

See what Giles said of his time as ALFED President here.

Thank you Giles!


Giles Ashmead, Murat Bayram & Andrew Stephenson

Latest Brexit Business Readiness

Brexit Business Readiness Bulletin

Issue 41: 20 December 2019


Welcome to the latest in a series of business readiness bulletins, aimed at keeping trade associations, business representative bodies and business intermediaries up to date on the latest guidance for business on the UK exiting the EU. This Bulletin aims to provide you and your networks with important information from Government and rally businesses to get ready for Brexit.  

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill

Following the State Opening of Parliament by HM The Queen on Thursday 19 December, the Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, announced that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will have its Second Reading on Friday 20 December 2019.  The Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been published and can be viewed here.  The Bill reflects the agreements made with the EU and the passing of the Bill will pave the way for the UK to leave the EU by the end of the extension period.

Brexit Business Readiness Forum

The forum will return in the new year. The next forum will be held on  Thursday 23 January 2020. Further details will be sent to relevant organisations under a separate cover.   Topics for the January Forum will be published in the January edition of the Bulletin.

KYOCERA SGS supporting Acorn Mobility Services

KYOCERA SGS gives Acorn’s manufacturing processes a lift

Precision tooling leader, KYOCERA SGS, is proud of its ability to identify innovative solutions for clients, however complex the challenges might be. So the company welcomed the opportunity to support Acorn Mobility Services, the creators of the world’s most innovative stairlift, with resolving a complex drilling issue. As well as making their manufacturing more effective through tailored advice and tools, KYOCERA SGS was also able to save Acorn time and money in their manufacturing processes.

Finding new answers

Acorn had identified that a significant drilling issue was affecting their manufacturing process. This was caused by burrs made when creating countersunk holes in aluminium extrusions through drilling. The company was deburring the bottom of the hole manually, costing time and money.
KYOCERA SGS’s Technical Sales Engineer, Kurt Regan, and UK Sales Manager, Tony Theaker, visited Acorn’s manufacturing facility to assess the problem. Based on their review, they recommended one of KYOCERA SGS’s S-Carb style form tools, as this would be highly effective at plunging and interpolating the hole and countersinking it to size. The outcome was a reduction in cycle time and minimal burrs on the component with little requirement for manual deburring and fettling.

Taking the tests further

Being driven to exceed client expectations as always, the KYOCERA SGS team weren’t satisfied with just one test, however successful. They wanted to see the results on a lower stability machine. As they had anticipated, the results weren’t the same. They found that manual fettling was once again required. In response to this, Kurt completed a number of on-site tests to assess a range of parameters. This was how he discovered that the plunge motion was stable, with the problem occurring at the circular interpolation stage. The answer? In Kurt’s view, different geometries were required. This additional insight allowed KYOCERA SGS’s in-house technical team to design a modified S-Carb with varying geometries. The adapted tool was put to the test and the results were excellent, as Kurt explains,

“We trialled the new tooling at Acorn’s facility, and straight away, there were fewer burrs, and a much better surface finish.”

Raising the standard

Taking a fresh look at a long-standing manufacturing issue can yield significant results. The new modified S-Carb from KYOCERA SGS is designed specifically for Acorn Mobility Services. Not only has it reduced the cycle time by 31 seconds, alongside deburring and fettling time, it has increased production capability by 30,798 components per year! Kurt adds,

“We are very pleased with results. We often find that companies grow so accustomed to working around an issue, they no longer recognise it as a problem. In this case, Acorn Mobility Services accepted manual intervention as part of their manufacturing process. But in majority of the cases, there’s a tooling solution – and that’s where our expertise really helps, allowing Acorn to focus on what they do best! We are now working on designing modified tools for other parts of their manufacturing process. If successful, they will provide similar cycle and deburring time savings on two machines.”

Mark Spiwak, Production Engineer at Acorn Mobility Services commented,

“The team from KYOCERA SGS worked closely with us from start to finish. We were impressed with how quickly they were able to understand the challenges and the complexities of our manufacturing processes. We were also pleased with how effectively they were able to develop a solution tailored to our needs and within our timescales. KYOCERA SGS made the whole process very easy.”

To learn more about Acorn Mobility Services, visit:

To learn more about Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, please visit:

How to Manage Workplace Romances

In last week’s In the Know we briefly focussed on the news surrounding McDonald’s decision to dismiss their CEO for breaching the company’s rules on personal relationships at work. With this in mind, we will now look at how to manage workplace romances in more depth. Croner – In The Know – How to manage workplace romances

Update from GOV.UK – Export control training bulletin

Update on GOV.​UK.

Export control training bulletin

Page summary
Courses, seminars and workshops to help exporters understand their obligations under export control legislation.

Change made
Latest edition published covering November 2019 to April 2020. Includes an HTML version of the bulletin with separate downloadable booking form.

Time updated
10:33am, 5 November 2019

No Deal Readiness Report

No Deal Readiness Report

No deal Readiness report

The content of the No-Deal Brexit Readiness report;

Foreword by the Prime Minister 3
Preface by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 5
Executive summary 7
1. Borders 13
A: Flow at the Border – Goods 13
B: Cross-Border Transport Operations 22
C: Import Tariffs 25
D: Export Tariffs 29
2. Citizens 32
A: EU Citizens in the UK 34
B: EU Citizens Coming to the UK after Brexit 37
C: UK Nationals in the EU 40
D: UK Nationals Travelling to the EU (Including for Work or Study Purposes) 45
E: Transport 48
F: Tax and Customs for Parcels Sent from Abroad 51
3. Data Protection 52
4. Energy and Environment 56
A: Civil Nuclear 56
B: Electricity and Gas Interconnectors 59
C: Fuel Supplies 61
D: EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and Carbon Emissions Tax 62
E: Environment 65
5. Services 67
A: Service Sectors 67
B: Financial Services 71
C: Legal Services 75
6. Industry 78
A: Manufactured Goods Regulation 78
B: Medical Devices 83

Chemical Provisions in the Environment Bill

Following the Queen’s Speech, the Environment Bill has been introduced into Parliament

Here is the link to the Bill documents.

The Bill now contains chemicals-related provisions with enabling powers to amend the Articles REACH as it applies in UK law and the REACH Enforcement Regulations.  These provisions are clause 122 and Schedule 20 in the Bill.  The relevant paragraphs in the Explanatory Notes are 967-969 and 1612-1624, and in the Delegated Powers Memorandum are 511-535.

The REACH Regulation draws a distinction between the Articles and Annexes of the Regulation.  As REACH is carried into UK law the Annexes can be amended by the Secretary of State through Statutory Instrument but the Articles cannot generally be amended.  However, this risks freezing the UK REACH Regulation in its current form. The power in the Bill will allow the Secretary of State to take further steps where necessary to ensure a smooth transition to a UK chemicals regime following the UK’s exit from the EU.  It will also make it possible to keep the legislation up to date and respond to emerging needs or ambitions for the effective management of chemicals.

For example, the Secretary of State may want to amend the detailed operation of the regulatory processes such as evaluation, authorisation and restriction to ensure they remain efficient and effective and respond to the experience of applying them in a UK-only context. The Secretary of State may also want to amend the provisions on independent scientific advice if experience shows that they need to be refined to take account of the fact that they are operate more effectively.

The REACH Exit SI inserted provisions designed to provide a smooth transition into the UK system for existing dutyholders under the EU REACH Regulation.  At the same time the policy intention is to preserve the underlying principles of the EU REACH regime, including ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment.  It is important that it remains possible to amend the transitional provisions to ensure both a smooth transition into the UK REACH system and continued effective management of chemicals for the protection of human health and the environment.

A number of safeguards are included in relation to the exercise of this power. The Secretary of State must publish an explanation of why she considers any amendments to be consistent with Article 1 of REACH (aim and scope).  There is also a series of protected provisions which cannot be amended.  These relate to the fundamental principles of REACH, the role of the Devolved Administrations, and the transparency of the regime.

The REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008 were made under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972.  However, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 repeals the European Communities Act. This means that after exit day the only way to amend the Enforcement Regulations will be by providing new powers through primary legislation.

The next stage will be Second Reading in the House of Commons, which is the debate on the main principles of the Bill.  We haven’t got a date for that yet but the convention is that there should be a minimum of two weekends between Introduction and 2nd Reading.

Please get in touch with if you have further questions.