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News in Brief - July/August 2011

Connect no. 173

Bob John

Bob John, the former Chief Executive of TWI, was awarded an OBE for Services to Industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2011.

He joined TWI in 1991, to take the position of TWI's Director, Business Development, responsible for the strategic direction of the business, corporate planning, business growth and quality management. Bob subsequently took over as Chief Executive of TWI with effect from 1 August 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of The Welding Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals.

Plastic Pipe Fittings and Joints 2011

The second international industry conference on plastic pipe fittings and plastic pipe joining technology, sponsored by TWI, will take place from 27-29 September 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

This conference will bring together plastics, welding and adhesives experts to network with the end users of their products, to understand the current issues for the pipe joining industry and the potential of polymeric materials and technology in resolving those issues. There are many methods for joining plastic pipes, from simple push fit to butt fusion, electrofusion and infrared welding, depending on the pipe materials used.

The key topic for plastics pipeline engineers this year is inspection methods for joint integrity, and this will be the subject of a range of papers at this conference. There will also be presentations on innovations in pipe joining from end users, researchers and pipe fittings manufacturers.

For more information and to register for the conference please contact Ms Rocio Martinez at AMI, email: Tel: +44 117 924 9442.

Wonderstuff - TWI provides adhesives expertise for new BBC series

TWI recently helped Shine TV in making a new specialist factual programme series entitled Wonderstuff. The programme makers required assistance with demonstrating the many uses of adhesives and in particular, those of epoxies. TWI's Dr Ewen Kellar was able to help by providing the expertise and technical know how to show how glue is the secret strongman in joining technology. All the demonstrations were conducted at TWI's headquarters near Cambridge.

Wonderstuff is a new series which delves into the unseen chemistry of our everyday lives. What goes into the stuff that we use, the cleaners, the cosmetics, the everyday products on which we rely? Revealing the ingenious and surprising science behind the common products that fill our homes, this new series offers fascinating insight into the products that make up our domestic world.

Journalist, writer and mother of two Jane Moore takes us on a journey of discovery as she hunts down the provenance and effectiveness of stuff like toothpaste, washing powder, cling film and epoxy adhesive. Wonderstuff will be broadcast on BBC2 at 19:30 for six weeks from Monday 25 July - Monday 29 August.

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