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.



The venue for the dinner on Friday 5th October was in the Lake District at the 4 Star Whitewater Hotel, a few minutes drive from Lakeside Quay on Windermere. The restaurant and one of the bars were reserved solely for EIA use. All costs incurred by the 40 Members and partners were met by the Association. On the Saturday morning, guests met at the Lakeside Quay and took a cruise on Lake Windermere where a Freedom of the Lake ticket was provided to each guest. The party disembarked at Ambleside and enjoyed a lunch at the Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside, courtesy of the Association. The return trip to Lakeside was in two parts for those people wanting to stop off at Bowness for an hour to go shopping. Some guests opted to stay an extra night at their own expense at the Whitewater Hotel for further sightseeing on the Sunday



This was held at The Hilton Hotel, Nottingham, NG1 3PZ. There were 18 guests who attended this EIA complimentary function. The dinner was preceded by an entertaining presentation on the darker side of Nottingham’s colourful history. It was not only informative in a gruesome manner but was delivered in an amusing way. One guest was fortunately on hand to correct the historical data.

On Saturday 8th October, a tour on Nottingham had been arranged. The drizzling conditions outside did not deter the guests nor reduce the enjoyment from a fascinating tour of the city. The excellent guide corrected several misconceptions about the castle and Robin Hood at the same time as informing the gathered company of events surrounding the arrest of Charles I and the introduction of celery to the UK. The tour lasted for 90 minutes and finished at The Salutation Inn, which was not only the oldest pub in town but was conveniently above the most haunted caves in Nottingham. A drink in the snug was a good way to end the event.


22 – 23 OCTOBER 2010

The last EIA Social Event was held at the Park Inn (YO1 6JF), near the centre of York, on Friday 22 October and Saturday 23 October 2010. As usual, the event was heavily subsidised by the Association with pre-dinner drinks, diner drinks and the dinner itself complimentary. The dinner was provided in excellent surroundings of the Regatta Suite which was exclusive to the EIA. It was preceded by a talk on folklore legends and ghostly historic tales of York Bed and breakfast on the Friday night were also paid for by the Association. On the following morning, guests were invited to enjoy a complimentary cruise on the Ouse, which was close by. There was a wealth of tourist attractions in York within walking distance of the hotel, such as, The Minster, The Shambles, Clifford’s Tower, The Castle Museum, The Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Some guests stayed for a second night at their own expense. The event was even more successful than in 2009, judging by the attendance of 38 people at the dinner. Participation in the cruise was noticeably reduced due to excesses the previous night.