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West Midlands AGM

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The West Midlands Branch of the ICME held their AGM on the 3rd April at Churchills Bar & Restaurant in Wednesbury, which was attended by over 40 people.

Conducting the meeting, Senior Vice Branch President Richard Heath reported that the branch had had a good term under the presidency of Ian Shergold of ASK Chemicals Ltd, including a good season of technical lectures, a visit to Grainger & Worrall Ltd and a very successful Bill Rooker Quiz night with 17 team taking part.

Additionally, the President’s sporting dinner, as well as both the golf and fishing competitions had been very well supported and as ever the branch had been able to make a donation to the Steve Bull Foundation.

The officers elected for 2017-18 were:

Branch President – Richard Heath Prof MICME, Cast Metals Federation
Senior Vice President – Darren Pritchard, Newby Foundries Ltd
Junior Vice President – Mark Holliday, Darcast Crankshafts Ltd

Adam Fox, Castings plc retained his position as Branch Secretary and John Willets is taking on the role of Membership Secretary taking over from Gareth Jeremiah.

Following the AGM, David Hall from Maxima Engineering gave an enthralling presentation titled Frying Pans to Formula One – The Life of a Magmasoft User in This Life & Beyond. The presentation covered the development of Magmasoft alongside the time line of his life from the earliest days of simulations coming into being while he was working as an apprentice at AGA’s Coalbrookedale foundry and its development as he learned his trade and skills; during which time he was student of the year and casting engineer of the year with ICME earning £250 prize money which paid for his bride to be wedding dress. was promoted accordingly, then his departure to Join Grainger & Worrall Ltd in 2006. During his time with Grainger & Worrall working on simulation and methoding using the latest versions of Magmasoft as they developed, David was part of the team that won the CMF’s Prestigious Casting of the Year award 4 times on the trot for work on engine blocks for Ford.

Since leaving Grainger and Worrall to join Simon Olive & Russell Gray at Maxima Engineering David now travels throughout the UK working with a variety of licence holders, helping to train & develop the new generation of methoding and Simulation Engineers and is working with several prestige customers including high end performance car manufacturers where the software now integrates with the customers CAD models and is able to run and optimise the casting process, before liaising with foundries to see what is achievable in the design and filling of mould or dies before continuing work with the customer to effectively help modify and improve their casting designs to ensure that when metal is poured the customers are getting the right castings with the right properties without defects consistently time after time, benefitting not only the customers build schedules and requirements but also increasing yield and reducing scrap rates internally within the supplying foundry.

After the presentation Richard presented David with a gift from the Branch and everyone thanked him for an excellent presentation with a great deal of applause.

Maxima generously sponsored the buffet on the night and had several castings, models and a computer system running so that those present could see and experience what the latest version of Magmasoft can do for any metal, any process and in any size of foundry.

At the end of the evening Adam Fox invested Richard with the chain of office for the West Midlands Branch.