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Institute of Materials Finishing

Institute of Materials Finishing

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Contact the IMF for advice on electroplating, painting, anodising, galvanizing, coatings, surface finishing, surface engineering or surface technology

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Enrolment from the 1st August 2020 for the course starting the 4th September 2020

Technical training and skills development are central to the Institute’s mission technical training and skills development are central to the Institute’s mission

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Support Your Industry! Raise your professional standing as an Individual Member or a Sustaining Member

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Consultancy: Sustaining Member Services

The Institute of Materials Finishing is internationally recognised as the premiere source of expert knowledge on all aspects of metal finishing, coating and surface engineering technologies. Support services include:

  • Design advice for engineers and specifiers
  • Application of new technology
  • Independent technical support
  • Legislative and environmental guidance
  • Process improvement and troubleshooting
  • Product evaluation and testing
  • Coating supply chain support Expert witness advice

Technical advice may attract funding from the Manufacturing Advisory Service, a support service provide by BIS. If your enquiry needs substantial time commitment, then please be aware of this intervention mechanism that may provide free advice and a solution to meet your needs. The Institute also has a project management group which can help coordinate support across a range of issues from industrial and academic sources.
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Education & Training


Technical training and skills development are central to the Institute’s mission:
 Upskill your workforce with focused training to meet your company needs
 Academic programmes to progress from Foundation to advanced levels.

Membership of The IMF

Support your industry through membership of the Institute.
Join the professionals today!

Since 1925, The Institute of Materials Finishing has been protecting and developing the professional standing of its members, driving up industry standards, improving skills and competence that reinforce sector credibility.
Membership brings many benefits, which include:

About The IMF

Mission and Objectives

"To provide a focus for Surface Engineering and Finishing activities worldwide through the fulfilment of the technical, educational and professional needs at all levels for both the individuals and companies involved in the coatings industry."
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Awards and Medals
The Institute makes several important awards:

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IMF Branches

Southern Branch
Sheffield and NE Branch
Irish Branch 

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History of the IMF

A downloadable book of the history of the IMF
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Privacy Statement

Your privacy and the security of all information that you give us are of vital importance.

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Past and Current details
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Publications By The IMF


Publication and Frequency

 The learned journal of the international surface engineering sector published six times per year
Our member newsletter,  published alternate months to Transactions

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Contact Details

Exeter House
48 Holloway Head
B1 1NQ  

Registered in England No 498619 A

Tel: 0121 622 7387

For Membership enquiries, Education and Training issues and the submission of papers for Transactions please contact using:  membership@materialsfinishing.org
For Technical enquiries, REACH issues and matters not covered by the above contact using: info@materialsfinishing.org


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