Thursday 13 November 2014 at the Novotel Hotel, Birmingham

Malcolm Hems (EIA), Hendric Stattmann (DuPont), Martin Shanel (DuPont) and Radoslaw Szewczyk (DuPont)

A seminar on Nomex was held in collaboration with DuPont to introduce their products to engineers and scientists in the UK. The event was chaired by Mr Malcolm Hems from the EIA and the speakers from DuPont were Hendric Stattmann, Martin Shanel and Radoslaw Szewczyk.

There were 34 delegates, of whom half were from EIA Member companies and half from industry and universities. This was the largest seminar hosted by the EIA and the first to be held in a hotel. As with all EIA seminars, the cost of the event, including lunch and refreshments was borne by the Association.

Industry Seminar on HV Cable Technology

6th November 2013 at Alstom Grid, St Leonards Avenue, Stafford

The programme for the day comprised three morning presentations and two technical visits in the afternoon.

Morning programme:
1. Power transmission and the need for HVDC (LCC and VSC) – Mr Colin Davidson from the Alstom Power Electronics Business Unit.
2. XLPE cables vs oil-paper cables – Prof. Steven Swingler from Southampton University
3. HVDC cables and the cable ageing project – Dr Antonios Tzimas from Alstom Grid R&T

Afternoon programme
1. VSC demonstrator (1 hour)
2. Cables ageing facility (1 hour)

26 delegates attended the seminar which was agreed to be a great success. The EIA expressed its appreciation to Alstom Grid RTC for hosting the seminar and for making the arrangements.



The sixth in a series of EIA seminars provided an insight into the development of power systems and verification of transmission and distribution equipment. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) hosted the event. The organisation’s role in supporting the development of emerging technologies, especially in off-shore wind farms, formed the backdrop for the technical sessions.

The topic of insulation coordination was discussed relative to transmission systems, with views given on specific electrical systems going forward.

The seminar also included a site visit to the Narec Technology Campus at Blyth which provided delegates with an appreciation of the organisation’s existing capabilities and exciting developments which are underway.


9th June 2010 at Huntsman Advanced Materials (UK), Duxford.

The format of the day followed that of previous events with papers before and after lunch, followed by a site tour but with an added hands-on session.

The event was well-attended with 17 delegates. A joint presentation was given by 2 Huntsman colleagues offering applications for Huntsman’s adhesive types and afterwards by an independent consultant who gave a talk on a much broader range of adhesive chemistries and their applications. He was very well received. All delegates were sent a copy of the presentations.

After lunch, a hands-on session enabled delegates to experience handling and application of some adhesives and dispensing from cartridges to see the variation from water-viscous liquids to thixotropic pastes.

The day ended with a tour of the Duxford site to see the main production plant, and the adhesives small-packing plant


October 8 2009 at AREVA T&D Technology Centre, Stafford.

The fourth in the series of industry seminars was hosted by the AREVA T&D Technology Centre.
The morning centred on the materials and vacuum processing to fabricate cast resin and filament wound components for high voltage applications while the afternoon demonstrated the importance of the dielectric characterisation and high voltage testing, particularly partial discharge analysis.
Presentations were given by Ian James and Fabrice Perrot from the AREVA T&D Technology Centre supported by Vaughan Dickinson from Huntsman Advanced Materials.

The seminar concluded when the 16 delegates were given a tour of the high voltage test facilities to examine some of the HV products produced by these processes.

VPI Insulation systems.

October 23rd 2008 at Jones Stroud Insulations, Longridge, Preston.

The third in the series of industry seminars was kindly hosted by JSI-Krempel focused on “Vacuum Pressure Impregnation of Medium and High Voltage Rotating Machines”. Tutorials were given covering technology, manufacture and applications.

The seminar was concluded with a tour of Jones Stroud factory with demonstrations of the manufacturing process in operation.

Electrical Insulation and Pre-Preg Seminar.

8th April 2008 at The Attwater Group, Preston, Lancashire.

The second in the series of industry seminars saw an execllent attendance from a cross section of industry. The presentation had speakers from Jones Strouud Insulations and the Attwater Group and focused on the manufacture and applications of pre-pregs and industrial laminates.

The seminar again concluded with a factory tour of the Attwater Group to see the manufacturing process.

Cast Resin Insulation Seminar.

1st November 2007 at Mekufa (UK) Ltd, Gloucester.

The first in the series of industry seminars organised by the EIA, this presentation examined the manufacturing processes of cast resin insulation products and the associated problems and solutions.

The seminar concluded with a factory tour to see the different insulation systems in the process of manufacture.



The EIA Autumn Social Event was held in the 4* Palace Hotel in Buxton.  Said to be the premier hotel in the town it is set in 5 acres of grounds with a commanding view of Buxton and the countryside beyond.  The dinner was held in the Conservatory at the front of the hotel.  It was preceded, as usual, by a free bar for guests, starting at 6 pm.  At 7 pm, the guests were entertained by a talk on Buxton and the surrounding area given by Michael Clement from Discover Buxton.   The illuminating and fascinating presentation was illustrated by slides and a video.

Dinner was served at about 7.45 pm.   Drinks during the meal will be paid for by the Association.  Up to two couples were given complimentary entry from each Member company and, in the end, a record number of 42 people attended.

On the Saturday morning, most of the guests took advantage of a complimentary guided tour of Chatsworth House.   This was an eye-opening insight into one of the most beautiful furnished houses in the UK.  Most guests took a lunch in the restaurant and finished with a tour of the extensive gardens.  Some couples returned to Buxton for a second night at The Palace Hotel.   This was agreed to have been one of the most successful Social Events held by the EIA.


Friday 20-21 September 2013

Set within 80 acres of beautiful countryside on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and located a short distance from the historic Whitby coast, Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat (YO21 3ST) offered its guests luxury and splendour in some of the country’s most sumptuous and luxurious surroundings. The evening meal was held in a side room to the hotel restaurant, specially reserved for the EIA.

The hotel has extensive leisure facilities, including a gym, a heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.

After enjoying the complimentary bar Mr Harry Collett gave a talk on Whitby, its history and its literary significance. A three course meal was served at 7.30 pm with complimentary wine, soft drinks or beer provided.

On the following morning, a full English breakfast was available for guests before assembling in the foyer at for the morning tour of Whitby Abbey.