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Dr. Conor McCaughey: 

Metallurgist and R&D Manger, IST

Presenting Research at IST: An Update on Current and Future Work


This talk will focus on the continuing research being conducted at IST into nitrided springs. The aim of which is to be able to include two new materials into Spring Calculator Professional (SCP) in both the nitrided and un-nitrided form. Allowing spring designers to be able to see the benefits of nitriding and confidently predict the life of nitrided springs for their customers. Although testing is still ongoing, data produced so far is already showing the benefits of nitriding with regards to the life of a spring.


The talk will also include the launch of a new scheme of fatigue testing, the aim of which is to have a constant feedback loop of data to supply to IST and SCP.

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Joan Samuel: Head of Global Product Management, Winoa Group

Presenting: A New Cut-wire Technology for a More Cost Efficient Shot peening Process


Nowadays, as for any kind of manufacturing industry, the spring industry is seeking for more cost-efficient manufacturing processes, without compromising on quality and performances of the finished goods. Indeed, in the context of a global economy and strengthening overseas competition, the pursuit of this goal is not an option but a necessity. A new cut-wire technology, characterized by an extended lifetime, is arriving on the European market to support springs manufacturers through this journey.


June Smith: Regional Affairs Manager Yorkshire & Humber, Make UK

A Presentation on The Impact of Brexit, and, Skills Gaps in Manufacturing

June’s background of formulating national and local economic policy, business growth support, economic development, skills and regeneration, lobbying and representational activities comes together within her current role at Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation as the Regional Affairs Manager for Yorkshire and Humber.


Having attained degrees in Human Resource Management from Huddersfield University and in Economic Development from the University of Manchester, June’s diverse past roles and responsibilities have included the development of  business led economic strategies and business growth activity, international Anglo- Chinese educational and economic exchanges, the inception and roll-out of business awards programmes, race equality policy advice and community cohesion campaigns and both grass roots and corporate business engagement in order underpin regeneration and optimise economic growth.    


Pieter Ghekiere: Segment Mgr Automotive & Equipment EMEA, Bekaert

Presenting: How C.A.S.E and Future Mobility reshape the Spring Wire Needs


Martin Bauer: Technical Sales Manager, Wafios

A Presentation on eMobility