The process industries are those industries where the primary production processes are either continuous, or batch produced. Examples of the process industries include food, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum/oil & gas, ceramics, base metals, coal, plastics, rubber, textiles, tobacco, wood and wood products, paper and paper products, water and wastewater, etc.
The Process Industries Division is a focus for members, as well as other national and international bodies, who are concerned with or working in mechanical engineering within the process industry.
The Division has six Technical Activity Committees (TACs), which focus on: Bulk Materials Handling; Food and Drink Engineering; Offshore and Upstream Engineering; Oil, Gas and Chemicals; Pharmaceutical Engineering; and Water and Wastewater Industry.
The TACs are key to the success of the division as are the regional centres, which provide lectures, seminars, conferences and others events for members.
The purpose of the TAC Committees is to:
- Liaise with internal divisions and groups, regions and external bodies to provide the Institution's focus within their field
- Promote best practice
- Provide a forum for the dissemination of information through events and publications
- Support Institution members in their activities
- Promote education and training and continuing professional development and seek opportunities to provide the Institution's opinion on relevant topics
Find out more about the Process Industries Division's TACs.
The division also has two regional centres in the North West and Humberside.
Jim Bridge CEng FIMechE, Chairman of the Process Industries Division Board would like to put more of a focus on mentoring and developing engineers during his tenure as chair.