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14 October 2016

‘Crabs’ Project wins Environmental Award

A multi-partner R&D project that developed a method for depolluting printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing waste has won an important environmental award.  The Sustainable Treatment Of Waste Using Recycled Chitosans (STOWURC) project had a focus on developing sustainable materials and processes that used waste products from the seafood industry to treat effluent, and recover metals, from the PCB and related industries.

The PCB industry is well known for using chemical processes that generate expensive to treat waste products.  The shells of crabs, and other crustaceans, are a source of materials known as chitosans which can absorb metals such as copper, found in typical PCB manufacturing effluent.  The UK’s seafood industry generates large volumes of shellfish waste and the project used this waste to produce chitosan-based materials that could sustainably treat effluent, while also enabling the captured metals to be recycled.

On Friday, 30th September, members of the Env-Aqua Solutions team, who led the project, attended the Surface Engineering and Heat Treatment Associations’ Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.  Already knowing that they were one of three finalists, the team were delighted to learn that they had subsequently won the Environmental Award.  The awards were presented by Lord Hoyle of Warrington in a ceremony led by the SEA’s Honorary President, Mrs Linda Evans MBE.  Dr Emma Goosey collected the award on behalf of Env-Aqua and the STOWURC project consortium, which comprised Env-Aqua Solutions, Kynance Cornish Crab, Institute of Circuit Technology, Surface Engineering Association, A-Gas Electronic Materials, Amphenol-Invotec and C-Tech innovation.

The project partners have subsequently identified additional international interest in using chitosan-based materials to treat waste and there are also much larger applications in other sectors that could benefit from the novel technology.  Crab shells are typically expensive to dispose of and the project has enabled them to be converted from a waste product into valuable raw materials.  The team are now exploring additional UK and European opportunities to take the technology forward.  The project was co-funded by Innovate UK (Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency).  More information is available from the project website:

Harrogate Winter Seminar 2016 – Sponsored by GSPK



ICT will be holding one their very popular Evening Seminars, this time at the aptly named Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire. The event is being sponsored one of Yorkshire’s best-known PCB company – GSPK.

It is being held on 1st December, with Registration from 17.00, and the Seminar commences 17.30.

Just as interesting will be a possible visit to the famous Railway Museum on York in the afternoon, so get in touch with Bill Wilkie, who always has a fine head of steam on him.

Enquiries to:-




IMAPS-UK’s next annual conference MicroTech, returns to the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Didcot near Oxford on 16th March 2017.  The event features invited Keynote talks from “iNEMI – International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative” and the “Fraunhofer IZM, Department of System Integration and Interconnection Technologies”, plus technical presentations & table top exhibits on the latest developments, technologies and capabilities, in addition to a high-impact session and poster displays from UK research, on this year’s theme:

“Advanced Packaging & Technology Trends”

IMAPS-UK’s MicroTech annual conference brings together the entire microelectronics supply chain and is the only UK event dedicated to Micro-Assembly and related technologies.

This call is divided into two parts:

Call for Academic Research Papers & Posters: Session two of the MicroTech Conference includes a series of high-impact presentations on related material.  These presentations will be selected from the submitted Research Papers by the events Technical Committee. In addition, all submissions will be reviewed for inclusion in the events Poster Sessions.

Call for Technical Presentations:  Technical presentations are sought showcasing related material.  Each presentation will last for 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for questions.

Those wishing to present either a paper or poster at the IMAPS-UK MicroTech Annual Conference must submit a 200-300 word abstract electronically by November 30th 2016, to:

Awards: An award will be given for the: Best Academic Poster.  The winner will also receive an invitation to attend the next IMAPS-UK annual conference “MicroTech”, free-of-charge.

Submission: No formal technical paper is required. The chosen abstracts will be reproduced in the event handbook along with a short ‘Author biography’ and photograph. This information must be supplied to IMAPS by 31 December 2016.  A copy of the full presentation should be submitted by 31 January 2017 latest, for preparation and inclusion in the event delegate pack.

Accepted papers may be considered for publication in the IMAPS-US Journal of Microelectronics and Electronic Packaging.

Download the entire Call:

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