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Commercial Director Marcus Hill said, “Wenow have anew,modern site that reflects the growth of the business. We have established ourselves over the past 20 years as electroless nickel plating, corrosion resistance and surface technology specialists. Therefore, our website needed to demonstrate effectively our experience, specialities and the various types of service that we provide.”

Working closely with Seven Creative, a web design and marketing agency in Sheffield, NiTEC’s new website also includes links to their social media channels and their 3blogs. “Our blogs and social media channels are updated regularly to include company news, case studies, testimonials, recent projects and technical information,” said Marcus. “We are confident that our new website and online marketing strategy will have a positive effect on the future of NiTEC.”

Copper plating medical clipboards

Metal plating specialists NiTEC Ltd have launched anew service copper plating clipboards for use in hospitals. Copper is frequently used to plate laboratory and medical equipment because of its natural ability to kill bacteria on contact.

“The process of copper plating is already used to plate door handles, push plates, and other equipment used in hospitals,” says NiTEC’s Commercial Director Marcus Hill. “I believe that by copper plating clinician’s clip boards, we can further contribute to providing an effective defence against the spread of infections in hospitals.”

Antibiotic resistance is caused by horizontal gene transfer in bacteria. This process commonly takes place in hospitals on surfaces that are frequently touched,

launches new website

Derbyshire based electroless nickel plating company NiTEC are pleased to announce the completion of their new website

therefore horizontal gene transfer increases the number of health care associated infections.

Hospital-acquired infections are not only common, but very costly to the NHS. Copper has been proven to prevent horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, therefore preventing the spread of infection. Recent research carried out by the University of Southampton has shown that metallic copper surfaces kill microbes in minutes by causing significant membrane damage to the bacteria.

“Copper plated clip boards are alogical step forward in the quest to reduce the spread of bacteria and provide extra protection alongside the standard hygiene practices in the hospital environment,” said Marcus. “Wehope to expand this idea in the future to include other items frequently used in hospitals.”

RichardBurslem to Step Down in Planned Personnel Changes at WallworkHeatTreatment

Surface engineering specialists, Wallwork Heat Treatment has announ- ced anumber of planned senior management changes. In preparation for eventual retirement, Manchester site director Richard Burslem is to step down from the board but will continue to work part time with the company alongside technical director Peter Carpenter.Richard’s role will become the responsibility of production director Ian Griffin.

In other planned moves, Carole Chettoe is to join the Wallwork senior management team as company secretary.Sales and marketing director,Simeon Collins, will become site director for the Tecvac subsidiary in Cambridge. Mike Allen will continue as site director for the company in Birmingham working alongside TimPelari.

Commenting on his new role Richard said, “I have worked for Wall- work Heat Treatment for almost 35 years and been adirector for 23, during aperiod of unprecedented growth and development. Inow feel that it is right to look for abetter work and life balance. Iwill continue on apart time basis, working with Peter on development

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projects. Iamhappy to be able to step back from afront line role and continue to make acontribution to the business so that there is continuity.”

“Richard has made asignificant contribution to the business and we are pleased to have made asuccession arrangement that retains his skills and experience in the business as we enter out next phase of investment and growth,” added Group chairman Hamish Wallwork

The Wallwork group provides metal heat treatment and surface coatings to clients in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, medical and general engineering.The company’s foundry produces heat resistant castings, undertakes world class research with leading universities and manufacturers and even engineers bespoke vacuum equipment for the application of advanced metal coatings.

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