Gasket Cutters' Association to become UK Gasket and Sealing Association!
At the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 15th October 2015 at the Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Simon Winfield, Chairman, addressed the meeting with his Annual Report stating that he and the Executive Committee felt that the GCA would benefit from a change in name to include the word "sealing".
The Executive Committee believe that adding Sealing into the name will broaden the appeal to other companies in the industry which would not only increase the profile of the Association but open up the membership to a wider range of companies and provide greater opportunities to the members of the Gasket Cutters’ Association as a whole. They feel that the name of the Association should reflect the manufacturing focus of the members and its origins. Members were asked to submit their suggestions from which a suitable name would be chosen for adoption.
He requested, and it was agreed, that the Meeting approve this approach and empower the Executive Committee to find an appropriate name and proceed with making a recommendation to the members for the change.
Taking into account the above, the chosen new name, which is felt to represent the new focus and direction of the Gasket Cutters’ Association will be "UK Gasket and Sealing Association".
New Executive Committee Members
The Executive Committee of the Gasket Cutters’ Association are delighted to welcome Simon Winfield and Gavin Smith of Phoenix Sealing onto the Committee following 2015's Annual General Meeting.
Simon and Gavin have joined the Committee to add their many years of experience both technically and commercially to the new look format. They also wanted to create a balance between manufacturers and cutters and help the committee to generate some value to its members.
ARE YOU SPEC SAVVY
BS EN IECC61111 2009 ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE MATTINGS
No doubt you are now aware that the new specification replaces BS921 15KV, 6mm 11KV matting, which have now been withdrawn by BSI, these specifications are now obsolete (effective Jan 2013).
BUT – DID YOU ALSO KNOW ANY SUPPLIER MUST PROVIDE TO HIS CUSTOMER (on each DELIVERY):-
1. Instruction for use (P11 – 4 – 8)
To be supplied with each packaging
2. Ensure the underside of the mats are correctly marked in the correct colour per grade
3. Test Certification
It is strongly advised that prospective purchasers, obtain a current in date test certificate of EU origin showing proof test voltage, withstand test voltage, oil resistance - which is required under the new grading
NB: IT IS VERY EASY TO SUBSTITUTE PRODUCT FROM ASIA (sometimes correctly marked), which may be dangerously inferior to the safe working of the product.
4. Both the Health & Safety Exectuvie and local Trading Standard Agencies are aware of these requirements which are far more demanding in performance than the specification they replace.