This past Thursday (30th June) saw the MTA and Cranfield University came together to host the second UK Industrial Surface Engineering Event at Cranfield University.
The day was opened by Cranfield Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson and MTA President Guy Mollart, who both highlighted the importance of collaboration between academia and industry to fuel technological advances.
Professor Jose Endrino hosted the day and developed the speaker programme which included representatives from the likes of Rolls-Royce, GE, Manchester University, Hardide Coatings and Oerlikon Balzers, to name but a few.
Over 70 delegates attended the event and such topics as Cross-sectoral collaboration in functional surface engineering, material challenges facing the oil and gas industry and dust resistant thermal barrier coatings were discussed.
During breaks from the seminar session there were a range of table-top exhibitions from surface engineering companies, marrying the theoretical aspects which had been discussed in the seminars with the reality of industry. Hiden Analytical, Blackfast and Bronkhorst were just a few of the companies that were on show at the event.
Paul O’Donnell, Head of External Affairs for the MTA commented on the day “We’d like to extend our thanks to Cranfield for collaborating with us to host such an interesting event and improving on what was a fascinating day back in 2015.”
“Surface Engineering is an integral part of the manufacturing process and touches all areas of MTA membership in some way. We are really pleased to have run this successful event for consecutive years and will continue to build on what is becoming a popular staple in the MTA events calendar.”