Both Wayne and Michael particpated, as committee members, in the Institute of Refractories’ Engineers training day in Gladstone. Both presented training content to an audience of ‘users’ from local companies, such as Cement Australia, Rio Tinto, Queensland Alumina and Boyne smelters.
Michael was retained by a major multinational chemical producer for stategic advice for their major shutdown in early 2017.
Wayne was retained by a local Alumina refinery to assist in the implimentation of API 936 to their QA system. He also provided QA supervision for their calciner outage.
Michael was retained by a local chemical producer to advise on refractories issues for the possible relocation of the plant.
Michael was retained by a multinational consulting firm to assist in the evaluation of Japanese smelting assets related to a major M&A action.
Both Michael and Wayne attended the National Refractories conference of the IRE in Wollongong, jointly presenting a paper “Why are Expansion Gaps Needed, and how do we Design them Correctly?”
Michael attended the UNITECR refractories conference in Vienna.
Michael was elected the Secretary/treasurer of the Australian Branch of the IRE. Wayne was confirmed as Branch President for a 2 year term.
Michael conducted his Refractories training course for Worsely Alumina
Michael presented a Pyrometallurgical paper to ALTA 2015 in Perth, “Recent developments in Non-ferrous smelting”
RefMet have been awarded a large multi-discipline study by a local alumina refinery with a view to extend the life of a major asset. This includes mechanical, refractories and some FEA issues.