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Welcome


Happy New Year everyone.

Let’s hope it’s a good one.  I say that with a little trepidation.  As I write, all bets about an EU Brexit deal are off. Many are pushing for a second referendum. Another general election could be looming. Some say Brexit will never happen.
The whole country is in a state of uncertainty. One thing is for sure about uncertainty - the longer it lasts the more damage it will do. 

Against this background it may seem surprising that Forbes Magazine found the UK the best country in the world in which to do business for the second year in a row. Forbes takes everything into account, from property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), to red tape.

Despite all the brew-ha-ha around Brexit the UK economy is still growing. At Itac we’ve seen order enquiries hit the £1million mark for the first time in our history (more below).

Itac, like many other British manufacturers, continues to thrive. Of course, we have made some Brexit contingency plans (more below). We are now moving forward, anticipating an exciting and prosperous 2019 - and I wish all our customers, suppliers and friends the same.

This is the 25th issue of ITS News - thanks for all previous feedback - please keep it coming in.

 

 Paul Armitt

Itac Managing Director

 

Itac order enquiries recently hit 

 

A great start for 2019

 

What’s coming down the pipeline? In Itac’s case it currently looks like plenty. A conservative estimate puts potential orders at at least a million pounds. Here’s an idea of what’s to come.

Talking of pipelines one Itac customer knows all too well just how difficult it is to pump cold chemicals thick and fast along industrial steel pipes. The problem is coagulation. The way to reduce the viscosity is to elevate the temperature to over 250ºC. In order to superheat the chemicals to those temperatures, the pipes themselves need a lining to avoid the metal rusting and corroding. Itac is currently developing such a coating. Once tests are complete this business should start flowing in...

 

Read more

 

BREXIT - let’s not come unstuck
During BREXIT, Itac will be doing everything in its power to avoid any disruption in supply.

The vast majority of Itac products are made to order. Due to shelf life issues and sensible economics the business orders many specific raw materials as and when required. Itac expectations are that this process may take longer than normal as the BREXIT date of 29th March 2019 approaches and beyond.

During this period, Itac wishes to encourage all its customers to plan carefully the timing of any forthcoming orders - in particular any ‘time critical’ orders that are needed and consider giving additional notice of these requirements to help it effectively source materials required.

see pdf..

 

Matt Bishop to spearhead Sharmans Seamsil and Delcote Sales Team

 

Itac’s Delvemade division extends a very warm welcome to Matt Bishop, an old friend who has joined Sharmans as Business Development Manager.

This is a significant appointment as Matt carries with him so much hands on experience plus an excellent knowledge of the complete range of Delvemade products, marketed by H D Sharman.

 

Read more...

 

Clever new adhesive will bond and debond on demand, for clearer and easier recycling.

 

Switchable adhesives, which can be turned on and off with various mechanisms such as heat have been around for some time. In July 2017 in ITS News, issue 19, we reported on a medical application adhesive produced by Itac for Lumina Adhesives, which can be switched off by UV light.

Now a team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, has developed a removable and reversible adhesive that makes it possible to easily and clearly take high-tech products such as mobile phones apart into their separate raw materials.

 

Read more..

 

ITS Foodsmart

For many years, Itac has been successful in the development of coatings and adhesives for various sectors of the food industry. 

Our  foodsmart range has been developed specifically for the food manufacturing and food packaging industries. All formulations within the range allow our customers’ end products to achieve FDA and EU compliance. 

The range includes durable anti-microbial, non-conductive coatings.

 

Read more..

 

 

Upcoming Events
 

• Gastropack 2019 - Bratislava

        24 - 27 January 2019 - Slovenia

 

 in-adhesives (Symposium on Innovations in Adhesives
    and their Applications) - Munich
        25 - 26 February 2019 - Germany

 

• Middle East Coatings Show 2019

        26 - 28 Feb. 2019 - Dubai

 

• ECS 2019 - Nuremberg

        19 - 21 March 2019 - Germany

 

• Expo-Surface 2019 - Kielce

        26 - 28 March 2019 - Poland

 

• RCI 2019 - Coventry

        27 - 29 March 2019 - UK

 

• Adhesive Coating & Film System Fair - Incheon

        27 - 29 March 2019 - Korea

 

• Techtextil - Frankfurt

        4 - 17 May 2019 - Germany

 

Need a new or innovative adhesive?
 

Our ITS - Intelligent Technical Solutions service gives you the opportunity to benefit from our unique knowledge and skills base by having a bespoke adhesive designed and formulated especially for your need.

 

Call our Itac Sales Department on 01204 573736