Meritorious Service to Heat Treatment Industry
At the annual Surface Engineering and Heat Treatments Awards, our very own Richard Burslem deservedly received the Meritorious Service to Heat Treatment Industry Award. Presented on October 12th at the Radisson Blu in Manchester by Alan Hick, the secretary of the Contract Heat Treatment Association (CHTA), it recognises the massive contribution Richard has made to the organisation since Wallwork Heat Treatment joined in 1990.
The CHTA was set up in 1973 to champion the use of contract heat treatment companies over internal departments and promote industry standards. While Richard stepped down from being a director at Wallwork in 2013 he has remained active on the CHTA management committee until February 2018.
The whole Wallwork Group family expresses a huge thank you to Richard, not just for the added value he has brought to us from joining in 1978, but also for his expertise, dedication and tireless work for the benefit of the whole industry.
In these challenging times, the work of the CHTA is more important than ever. As Richard pointed out in his September article for the organisation’s magazine ‘Hotline’, offshoring of high volume manufacturing, changing technology and Brexit create an unpredictable cauldron of threats and opportunities.
He also noted in the same article what has helped make Wallwork successful at meeting the challenges of the last 40 years and why we are in good position to meet the challenges of the future, ‘What is true is that we have always said to all our employees that we have the same equipment as our competitors; it’s only the people that are different and so we have the opportunity to make WHT better or worse than our competitors.’
Richard has certainly made a difference for the better at Wallwork and been a significant part of our success story. His insight will be missed by the entire heat treatment and surface engineering industry. As he enjoys retirement with his wife Jane, however, we have the sneaky feeling that he won’t be able to resist taking a closer look at any unusual metal objects he stumbles across!