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Mike Lamkin of Capital Refractories elected as President of the Institute of Refractory Engineers (IRE).


Aug. 19, 2023 - Capital Refractories Limited announces that Mike Lamkin of its Technical team takes up the position of President of the Institute of Refractory Engineers (IRE).

The Institute of Refractories Engineers is a not-for-profit trade association that helps their members to access the science, technology and skills needed to excel in the refractory industry.

Mike has been the backbone of the Technical team at Capital Refractories for over 23 years, based at the UK Head Office, in Derbyshire.

Before joining Capital Refractories, Mike graduated with a degree in Materials Science from The University of Leeds, making the decision to continue his learning there, undertaking a PhD followed by post-doctoral work in the field of non-oxide technical ceramics.

After honing his skills at Saint-Gobain, he made the decision to join Capital Refractories, carving his niche in the company's Technical/R&D department as Technical Manager, with responsibility for foundry products.

Instrumental in the development of so many of the products of Capital Refractories, Mike has always been a key part of the Technical team, his knowledge and experience proving invaluable as Capital Refractories continually develop its product range and technical support offering.

Mike has been an active member of the IRE for over 20 years and a member of Council for the last 5 years, assuming the role of Treasurer two years ago and focusing on the institute’s finances, helping to return the institute back to a financially sustainable organisation.

Mike commented: "With over 30 years’ experience in the refractories industry, I have seen many changes: both from organisations and technology. I see it as my duty and role to pass on my knowledge and assist the younger generations in an increasingly challenging environment, not just here in the UK, but across the industry as a whole. I passionately believe in the role of the IRE, and as President, I am looking to continue the good work of my predecessors in promoting the institute and delivering even greater value to its members and the wider industry."
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