Tuesday, 17 July 2012

President’s Column July 2012

Dear Members,

The construction of the new website is progressing well and all the technical attributes have been included. At this stage, additional content is required to cement the technical building blocks, however the primary objective is to have an informative, interesting and browser friendly site to keep people returning to view it.

We have two registered names
http://www.irengineers.co.uk/ and http://www.ireng.org/ ; we have also specifically created a link which is solely for the e-directory.

At the moment we have included past journal editions dating back to 2006 although the web designer (Mr Ian Gould) is keeping to the edict of two copies behind the current issue. I would invite all members to research this resource and browse at will with the revised easy read format; it’s just like opening a book!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Miles Aykroyd who created the original website and has maintained it diligently over many years.

I would also like to thank Mr John May (editor); I’m advised that John has been responsible for the Journal for ten years now and has taken it through a dramatic evolution over those years resulting in the excellent publication that we have today.

The Annual Meeting “ Refractories; Converting Minerals to Economic Wealth “ to be held on the 26th of September and the training day on the 27th looking at “Refractory Properties” have been organised and details can be found within the Journal.

There is already considerable interest in the training day and I would encourage early booking to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the venue has changed to Kenwood Hall in Sheffield, a fantastic location surrounded by 12 acres of parkland, for further detail go to

Whilst we look forward to the Annual Meeting and associated AGM, an event at which members can network, debate and reflect on the industry as a whole, the branches are “hard at work” putting together a programme for the coming year.

It is very encouraging to see that Stoke have already arranged their meetings; hopefully through “conference sharing” technology a joint meeting with Sheffield branch will go ahead. I will report how successful this was in a future Journal.

My final duty in this month’s column is to thank the Journal for the consistent and excellent coverage that it has provided for the Furnace Solutions conference. In another role as Chair of the Melting Technical Committee (MTC) of the Society of Glass Technology, this coverage along with other publications has helped establish the conference as an international “must attend”. After 7 years as Chair of the MTC I’ve stepped down to concentrate on IRE activities, however there is potential for interaction with the Society which I will pursue.

I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting.

Chris Windle