Our Partners

CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development.

The Institute of Materials Finishing is a Birmingham based charitable organisation whose main purpose is to disseminate technical information through technical publications, meetings and conferences.

The Institute offers UK based educational courses designed for all levels of employees in surface engineering and associated industries and publishes Transactions of the Institute of Materials Finishing (Technical Journal) and IMFormation (Bi-monthly Newsletter). It also runs regular webinars on topics of interest to its members. Further details can be found at: https://materials-finisihing.org

The British Coatings Federation is the sole UK Trade Association representing the interests of the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering manufacturers. Coatings are critical to UK industry, with 300,000 workers relying on our members’ products every day, and the UK is a net exporter of coatings and inks.  BCF’s members represent 95% of the UK sales of coatings, inks and wallcoverings.

As a trade association, the SEA endeavours to be the voice that represents our members in areas surrounding legislation and government that affect our ability to produce and compete successfully in an increasingly competitive global market. We are very proud of the contribution that the UK treatment industries have made to current technology employed around the world and as an association, we work tirelessly to offer our members the very best advice and assistance in all aspects of their activities.

The NPA is a membership organisation that helps to promote pawnbroking best practices. It was established in 1892, so has a long tradition of helping members get the most from their businesses. Despite being around for a long time, it is a modern forward thinking Association using the very latest technology to give the best service to its members. The NPA represents 97% of the pawnbroking trade.

Fastener + Fixing Magazine is the leading publication for the fastening industry. An unrivalled reputation for comprehensive coverage and perspective on the global industry makes the magazine essential reading for everyone involved in the fastener and fixing market.

Our Customers

Foxano specialises in decorative and protective aluminium anodising, offering the highest quality and efficient service to a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics and engineering.

We purchased a Fischer XAN Spectrometer (XRF) on February 2004 so have been using this instrument for just over 18 years. The instrument is an integral part of our laboratory and has been in continuous use, used virtually on a daily basis.

We use the instrument for materials analysis (usually stainless steels, tool steels and various copper alloys) and for measuring the thickness and type of various electroplated coatings and occasionally PVD type coatings. We have needed virtually no assistance/support but when occasionally needing assistance with new applications etc the Fischer team have always been very helpful.

The instrument has had excellent reliability; in the 18 years of use we have had no problems with it whatsoever, it has not developed any faults and has not needed repair.

It seems likely that we may get more than 20 years of use out of it.

We have found the instrument to have a high degree of accuracy even if calibration standards are not available, and is reasonably easy to use.

If and when we finally need a replacement XRF instrument I fully intend to purchase a Fischer instrument again