ISN Invest in New Equipment & Personnel

The last 16 months has seen International Syalons turnover reach record levels. This has been due to demand from existing customers and the development of new and exciting business opportunities in a range of markets such as wear, molten metal handling, chemical and process and aerospace. In order to meet this increased demand ISN has invested in additional personnel and equipment. Last year we increased our staff by around 20% and so far this year we have recruited an additional 20% with more to come.

There has already been a substantial investment in critical equipment with recent purchases including a large capacity sintering furnace and iso-static press. Significantly within the past 3 months we have installed a new 4 axis CNC turning centre, a specialised centreless grinder and a laser particle size analyser. We are increasing capacity in our machine shops with additional machines. This investment in equipment and personnel will ensure we are prepared for the challenges ahead.

Works Manager

The Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Bell as Works Manager with immediate effect. Michael, who has been employed by the Company for 16 years, will be responsible for all aspects of production. He will focus on improvements to quality, efficiency and scheduling in order to provide a world-class service to our customers.

Chairman Tony Mitchell says "Michael is a top talent and is eager to delight our customers with an even better service than we have achieved so far. He has the total confidence of the Board and will be fully supported in the changes to be made. He has demonstrated his commitment to the Company by investing in its shares and, through his years of service with the Company, has demonstrated his drive for quality and performance. We are excited by the changes to be made."


The Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Mitchell as Chairman of the Company with immediate effect. He will retain his role of Managing Director.

Mr Mitchell has a chartered accountancy background and spent over twenty years with Cookson Group in a range of senior roles, including a development role with advanced technology subsidiaries and as the Ceramics Division Finance Director and Corporate Development Manager.

Mr Mitchell says "My dear friend and predecessor, Dr Ralph Iley, has set us a mission to grow the business through innovation and customer service. As the effects of the recession ease, we shall redouble our efforts in research and development, in providing solutions to our customers' problems and in further improving the quality and timeliness of our service to all our customers. This is our way forward."

Dr. Ralph Iley

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announces the death of our Chairman and Founder, Dr. Ralph Iley, after a long illness.

Ralph has been a strong supporter of our technology from the outset and his mission to grow the business through customer service and innovation has driven the Company forward. We honour his passing by re–affirming our commitment to all customers, suppliers and staff to work ceaselessly to pursue his mission.

International Syalons Awarded ISO 9001:2008

International Syalons (Newcastle) Limited has great pleasure in announcing that it has successfully been assessed by Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance against the revised international quality standard ISO 9001:2008. This Quality Management System applies to the manufacture of advanced ceramic powders and products.

In achieving the ISO 9001:2008 certification our goal is to continually improve every aspect in the manufacture and supply of our advanced ceramics. This includes maintaining detailed records, reacting to customer feedback, regularly reviewing our processes and monitoring the quality system itself for its effectiveness.

The Company was one of the first companies in the UK to achieve the ISO 9001:2000 standard and subsequently the latest 2008 standard.

This award has resulted from much hard work by everyone at the Company, particularly the Quality Department, and demonstrates our commitment to providing a first class service to our customers.

Applications of Syalons

As modern industry continues to demand stronger, harder, more wear resistant and heat resistant materials, which will operate cost effectively in hostile environments, it has become essential to seek alternative engineering materials.

The discovery of silicon nitride in 1857 by Deville and Whaler caused no excitement among the engineering fraternity of the day. Yet the announcement more than a century later, in 1972, that an alloy of this same material had been found stimulated enormous interest and triggered off investigations on a worldwide scale. The reasons why the two events were heralded in such dissimilar ways gives us an insight into the developments that have taken place in our major industries.

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New Directors Appointed

The Directors of International Syalons (Newcastle) Limited have great pleasure in announcing that Mr. Ian Denton and Mr. Nick Fecitt have been appointed Directors of the Company with immediate effect.

Ian, who joins the Board as Operations Director, started his career in research. He was appointed as Quality Manager when the Company was formed and was responsible for the Company becoming one of the first in the UK to achieve ISO 9001 status. He was appointed Operations Manager in 2005 and has been instrumental in driving the Company forward and establishing its present position of leadership in sialon ceramic engineering, through continually improving standards and customer service. Ian will continue to be responsible for all aspects of sales and production.

Nick, who joins the Board as Technical Director, is another founder member of the Company's staff and, leading his research and development team, has been highly successful in developing the Company's wide range of Syalon ceramics through material technology and process design. He is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading experts on sialon ceramics and maintains relationships with a number of prestigious research establishments, so as to maintain the Company's position in the forefront of advanced ceramic engineering.

Managing Director, Tony Mitchell, says "We are extremely fortunate to have Ian and Nick on the Board to continue the Company's growth through innovation and customer service. Most of our customers are already aware of and benefit from the problem-solving skills that are available through Ian, Nick and their respective teams. This is our way forward."

Visit Us at ALUMINIUM 2008

International Syalons (Newcastle) Limited will be exhibiting at ALUMINIUM 2008 in Essen, Germany. This is the world's premier meeting for the aluminium industry and we will be showing our range of Syalon foundry products.

The exhibition runs from September 23-25, 2008 at the Messe Essen and we will be located in Hall 1, Booth 1E55. Please visit us there and see some of our foundry products made from advanced Syalon ceramics, including 2 metre long thermocouple protection sheaths.

Syalon 101 uniquely combines outstanding corrosion resistance to aluminium and its alloys, thermal shock resistance and high strength. In addition, Syalon is non-wetted by aluminium making it resistant to build up of dross. These features give Syalon 101 foundry products a significantly better service life over competitive products such as chill cast iron, silicon carbide and aluminium titanate.

For more information on our foundry products and how they may help you, please take the opportunity to speak with us at ALUMINIUM 2008 or contact us conventionally.



New Sintering Furnace

International Syalons (Newcastle) Limited have recently installed and commissioned a new, large, state of the art sintering furnace, which significantly extends our sintering capacity.

The furnace, built by Vacuum Furnace Engineering Ltd (VFE) of HalesowenWest MidlandsUK, allows us to manufacture sialon parts up to 2m in length, significantly longer than our previous maximum length of 1.5m. Thermocouple protection sheaths for molten metal handling, are now available in this new length at a diameter of 28mm.

In addition, the extra capacity, 6 times our previous capacity, will allow us to manufacture parts up to 600mm in diameter, far larger than the previous maximum diameter of 200mm.

For more information on our on the products we manufacture, please contact us.

Silicon Nitride Ceramics

Silicon nitrides (Si3N4) are a range of advanced engineering ceramics characterised by high strength, toughness and hardness and excellent chemical and thermal stability.

Silicon nitride was discovered in the mid-nineteenth century but did not lend itself to ease of fabrication, due to its covalently bonded nature. This initially led to the development of two types of silicon nitride, reaction–bonded silicon nitride (RBSN) and hot pressed silicon nitride (HPSN). Subsequently, since the 1970s two further types have been developed: sintered silicon nitride (SSN), which include the sialons, and sintered reaction–bonded silicon nitride (SRBSN).

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