Reasons to be Cheerful – Part 3
Except it’s not part 3, its part 1 but using part 1 in the title doesn’t work as well as part 3 for the musical reference that seems to be a feature of my posts, in this case an excellent and rather appropriate track by Ian Dury and Blockheads, a clip of which can be… Read More
Training, training and more training.
I’ve posted a few things about training over the past months. The opening of the new Foundry Training Centre, comments in the foundry census about training, that kind of thing. All highly commendable and what the industry as a whole needs to engage with if it is to grow and prosper. Unfortunately, there can be… Read More
A Good Heart
Sticking with the starting point of a post a few months ago, it’s another musical reference. This time, the brilliant voice that is Feargal Sharkey and his hit ‘A Good Heart’. For anyone who hasn’t got a clue what I’m talking about the link to the video is here. For those of you with a… Read More
The Art of Cooperation
The foundry industry in the UK goes back quite a long way as it does in most countries. I’ve been involved with it for virtually all my life as has my father before me – he’s ninety one and still takes an active interest in what we’re doing. One constant during both our working lives… Read More
An International Affair
A few weeks ago, I spent a very relaxing holiday on the Greek island of Paxos. To get there, you fly to Corfu and then get a ferry to Paxos which gave us the opportunity to spend a few days in Corfu town. I can recommend it. Bars, restaurants, narrow shaded streets, friendly locals and… Read More
Something To Be Proud Of.
For quite a few years now, Durham Foundry has held both ISO 9001 and 14001 as a combined Quality and Environmental Management Standard. I’m pleased to say that our external audit which has just been carried out by Alcumus has been a splendid success. Not a single non-conformity, either major or minor, in either part… Read More
How Many Foundries Does It Take To Make An Industry – Part 4
I think this will be my final post on the recently published Foundry Census. Pam Murrell at the Cast Metals Federation has updated her reporting on the census with a look at the issue of skills shortages within the industry. Her post is here. It’s very much a wake up call to anyone in the… Read More
The Air That I Breathe.
No, not the famous hit by the Hollies but literally the air that I breathe when wandering round a foundry although if you want to see what the Hollies’ song is like, the link’s here. Going back in time, the public perception of a foundry and it’s working environment was something out of a Dickens’… Read More
How Many Foundries Does It Take To Make An Industry – Part 3
Following on from my previous two posts about the recent Foundry Census, the Cast Metals Federation (CMF) has published it’s latest thoughts on it. This time, it’s very much focused on the foundry industry’s contribution to recycling and resource efficiency, something which we’ve been doing for years, long before it became the hot topic it… Read More
A Sheffield Legend
Anyone from Sheffield, the town I was born in and where my family has been involved in melting metal for over two hundred years, will probably recognise the name Brendan Ingle. He’s the Sheffield Legend in the title of the post. His legendary status comes from the boxing gym he founded in the east end… Read More