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Welcome


Easter is upon us and I can hear many of you sigh…
‘at last’. Yes, it’s a late one this year but hopefully, it will bring an opportunity to relax and to enjoy some well earned family time. It may even bring a little respite from the relentless media coverage and political infighting
over Brexit!

Itac, like most manufacturing businesses, now has contingency plans in place, including additional raw materials set aside. This will undoubtedly help if and when it ever finally happens. However, I am concerned that the on-going uncertainty and the recently agreed 'flextension' will inevitably lead to an eventual slowdown. 

Currently, I am pleased to say that the picture is very different. Counter intuitively, Itac, like many other businesses, is thriving. Enquiries from all sectors keep flowing in and we continue to convert more and more into orders, which our new factory wastes no time in processing. 

The continued requirements for our adhesives and coatings tell me that UK manufacturers are busy and importantly they like what Itac has to offer. This is good news indeed… and there’s more - just twelve months after joining forces with expert roofing and guttering service partner HD Sharman, Itac’s Delvemade division is seeing a real growth in demand for its Seamsil and Delcote products, which is forecast to continue as the year progresses.

On these very optimistic notes, may I take this opportunity to wish all our customers, suppliers and friends the joys of a very Happy Easter.

Thanks as always for your comments, please keep them coming.

 

 Paul Armitt

Itac Managing Director
 




NB:          Tip to avoid over indulgence with chocolate eggs
                           - 
try to save at least one until after Brexit.

 

Unravelling web of mystery behind spider adhesive, could prevent paint from peeling

 

We have all seen wall paint peeling in places where high humidity is present. Every chemist knows the reason is Interfacial water. It forms a slippery and non-adhesive layer between the adhesive and the surface to which it is meant to stick, interfering with the formation of adhesive bonds between the two. Overcoming the effects of interfacial water is one of the many challenges to face developers and formulators of commercial adhesives.

Researchers at The University of Akron (UA) Ohio USA are looking at spider silk - one of the strongest materials found in natural world. The extremely sticky substance that coats the silk threads of spider webs is a hydrogel, meaning it is full of water... 

 

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Jordan Carrington is new on-site DGSA at Itac
 

Itac’s Warehouse and Logistics Supervisor, Jordan Carrington, has recently  gained certification to become the Dangerous Goods & Safety Advisor at Itac. He is now qualified to provide permanent advice and monitoring to ensure compliance with the carriage of dangerous goods under ADR regulations. 

As company DGSA he will prepare an annual report for Itac to ensure all specified procedures are in place and adhered to.

Jordan joined Itac nine years ago as a process operator, winning promotion to Materials Controller in 2014, becoming Warehouse Manager and Logistic Supervisor in 2016.


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A New Technical Services Manager for Sharmans
 

Itac’s Delvemade division markets all its Seamsil and Delcote products through HD Sharman. To help bolster the team and the on-going increase in business, Charlie Boxall has been appointed Technical Services Manager. He brings a good level of knowledge and experience from a variety of previous roles within the construction sector. For the last five years Charlie has worked as a maintenance surveyor. Much of his time involved specifying refurbishment and repairs to roofs to prevent and stop water ingress.

Charlie supports Spurs and Chelmsford City, he also coaches his son’s youth football team. He holidays in Greece and Cornwall, and enjoys listening to Orbital (the electronic dance music duo) and lists ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ as his favourite book.

 

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An Itac team comprising :
Steve Farnworth - Factory Manager,
Peter Curtis - Technical Manager,
and Tyler Coleman - Development Chemist,
had a successful trip to European Coatings Show 2019 in Nuremberg last month. 

They met up with existing and potential suppliers to assess new technology and products that could enhance Itac’s ITS Range of Adhesives & Coatings...

 

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Sharmans Stand is something to smile about at the recent Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Show in Coventry. 

 

From left to right -

Gaz Buckingham,
Matt Bishop,
Francesca Williams
&
Tom Armitt

 

 

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ITS Fibretec

Itac has been successfully developing adhesives and non-adhesive coatings in Manchester, the birthplace of the world textile trade, for over 100 years.

As the market has become wider and more sophisticated, our knowledge of process variables and application techniques has increased. Today we are able to understand and create formulae for a huge range of substrates and textiles to match specific performance criteria.

 

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• Coatech 2019 - Mexico City

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    19 - 22 June 2019 - Thailand
 

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    7 - 10 October 2019 - Germany

 

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