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IIOM Conference 2019


The 3rd IIOM International Conference & Exhibition will be held from 11th – 13th June 2019 at the Tara Copthorne Hotel, Kensington, London, UK. This conference will bring together Obsolescence Management professionals, solution providers and those who want to learn how to understand and reduce their exposure to obsolescence risk.
CMCA(UK) will not only be attending and exhibiting, but will also be providing subject matter expertise in the form of presenters supporting both the workshop and the conference.
Our Managing Director Darren Topley, will be presenting at Workshop 2 on day 1, titled “Obsolescence Management and Supply Chain Resilience”. His presentation is titled “Early Lifecycle OM Planning – Case Studies from the Book of Common Mistakes”. Darren will provide a first-hand walk through of a handful of real-life case studies where a lack of effective OM planning during the Concept, Assessment and Demonstration phases of the project lifecycle has contributed to significant unplanned support costs during the in-service phase.
Chris Green, Head of Obsolescence Management Services is presenting two papers at the conference;
The first is in association with one of our customers for our REACH services, Safran Electrical and Power. The title is “Mitigating Supply Chain Risk: REACH Substances Identified”. Daniel Grundy (Obsolescence Manager at Safran) will explain their legal responsibilities under the regulation and the potential headache of understanding what substances they, their sub-contractors and suppliers were using. Chris will demonstrate the work that was involved to try and gather all of the necessary data and show screen shots from the bespoke database, that enables Safran to produce the required paperwork and the detail that demonstrates that they have a good understanding of their compliance.
The second is a case study titled “It’s Obsolescence Management, but not as we know it”. The presentation is centered around a piece of work that we carried out for a global industrial company, who were being regularly caught out by Obsolescence and wanted to have more control over it, but didn’t know where to start. They didn’t even know that Obsolescence Management was a discipline, or that it was common in other industries. Chris will explain the relatively simple solution that got them on track and in control. The Case Study will highlight the major differences between working mainly on military and aerospace projects where there is a lot of control and data held, compared to an industrial/commercial setting where the control and availability of data is, not so controlled!
We are also using the conference to promote the fact that CMCA(UK) will shortly be endorsed by the International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM) to provide training courses in Obsolescence Management. These courses will be facilitated by our subject matter experts, who are also highly experienced and gifted trainers. The first course will be the IIOM Short Course in Obsolescence Management, which once passed, can be used as evidence to apply for Associate Member status with IIOM. Details of the first course including pricing will be released shortly but rest assured it will be competitively priced.
Chris and Darren will be joined at the event by Antony Elliott our Business Development Manager and Glenn Hill the Head of Technical Services. Both will be available throughout the conference to answer any questions or enquiries that you may have. Please come and see us on the stand in the exhibition, we look forward to meeting you.
We hope to see you there!

June will also see the completion of the work to deliver the REACH Phase 2 tool to Safran. This has been an 18 month project and, at the time of going to press, is on time and to budget. The tool will enable Safran to look up the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC’s) on the Authorisation and Candidate lists. To see where they are used within their bills of materials and equipments. With this information, as any new substances are added to the lists, Safran can see the potential impact straight away, and find alternatives in time to mitigate the restrictions that will inevitably arise.