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The Spring International Technical Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham, England, from May 13 – 17, 2023! The program will feature technical sessions, networking with colleagues from around the world, a manufacturing or facility tour, plus the opportunity to explore emerging PCM technologies.

Special Thanks to PCMI Spring Conference Sponsors!


The schedule and additional information is below.

Click here for the Conference Schedule.

Presentation titles listed in red are linked to an abstract. 

A Case Study on Etching Screens and Obtaining Uniform Diameters
Kirk Lauver | Marketing and Customer Lab Manager| Chemcut Corporation | US

Anodic Dissolution of Titanium in an Amide-Type Ionic Liquid Containing Chloride and Trichloride ions
Thomas von Rickenbach | Surface Treatment Engineer | CMT Rickenbach SA | CH

Bespoke Lamination
Thomas Fetzel | Fetzel Maschinenbau GmbH | AT

CCI Eurolam – European Distribution partner for the EMEA Electronics industry
New Member Product and Service Showcase 
Mark Gordon | Managing Director | CCI Eurolam | UK

Energy Consumption and Conservation Panel Discussion
Peter Jefferies | Manufacturing Technical Consultant | Parker Meggitt | UK
Kenneth H.C. Ng | General Manager | Tecford Etchem Limited | CN
Blake Parkinson | Director, Gas Delivery Segment, Business Segment| | Watlow | U

Group Discussion – Quality Assurance Inspections

Innovation with Academia as a Pathway to Growth
Matthew Murray | Account Manager | Tecan Ltd | UK

Latest Imaging Technologies and Trends in Photoplotting and Direct Imaging – Higher Quality Solutions for a Wide Range of Direct Imaging Applications
Michel Van den Heuvel – Imaging Group Director | Ucamco N.V. | BE

Lessons Learned During a Factory Remodel
Blake Parkinson | Director, Gas Delivery Segment, Business Segment| | Watlow | US

Regenerating Ferric Chloride Etchants and Waste Disposal Survey Update
David Allen | Emeritus Professor | Cranfield University | UK

Regeneration of Spent Ferric Chloride Etchant with Sodium Chlorate and Hydrochloric Acid: Theory and Practice
David Allen | Emeritus Professor | Cranfield University | UK

Removing Chromium and Nickel from Ferric Chloride Waste
Annemerel Mol | Assistant Professor | Wageningen University | NL

Solvent Extraction of Nickel and Chromium from Waste Ferric Chloride Etchant
Peter Jefferies | Manufacturing Technical Consultant | Parker Meggitt | UK

Sources of Emerging Defects from Subsurface and the Elimination Thereof
Jens Levermann | Project Engineer R&D | Zapp Precision Metals | DE

Specifying and Installing New Equipment
Steve Thomas | Managing Director | Technic Electric Limited | US

Welcome to Birmingham – An Overview of the City’s Tourism Attractions, Manufacturing History, and Current Economy
Becky Frail | Head of Tourism (VA) | West Midlands Growth Company | UK

Please click here to view the current PCMI Spring Conference Attendance List.

The room reservation deadline is March 30, 2023.
Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.
The number of rooms available is limited.

Hyatt Regency Birmingham
2 Bridge Street
Birmingham, England,
United Kingdom, B1 2JZ
+44 121 643 1234

The single-room rate is $193.*
The double-room rate is $216.*

* The room rates have been converted from GBP£ to US$ and may fluctuate slightly.

The PCMI Room Rate includes breakfast.

Click here to reserve your room.

When reserving your room, please choose Corporate or Group Rate from the Special Rates drop-down. then add G-PCMI, which is the Group Code.

PCMI Pre-Conference Tour
Black Country Living Museum
900 am – 4:00 pm
Discovery Way
Dudley, DY1 4AL

The Pre-Conference Tour will include lunch.

The Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open-air museum that tells the story of one of Britain’s first industrialized landscapes.

Set across 26 acres, you’ll explore carefully reconstructed shops, houses, and industrial areas representing the Black Country’s story. You’ll learn how steam power, human ingenuity, and an increasingly interconnected world transformed this region into a manufacturing powerhouse.

During the PCMI Guided Tour, you’ll meet historical characters who will tell you stories of living and working during this revolutionary period. Most importantly, you’ll see history brought to life before your eyes – hear the clang of hammers, smell the smoke billowing from red brick chimneys, and maybe even taste the best fish and chips in the Black Country!

PCMI Conference Manufacturing Facility Tour *
JCB Factory
Monday, May 15, 2023
11:15 am – 5:00 pm

The PCMI bus will leave the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 11:15 am and travel to the JCB Factory. Attendees will enjoy a two-hour tour and then return at about 5:00 pm.

Space for JCB Factory Tour is extremely limited.  If you wish to join the tour, please register ASAP

*This tour was initially scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

More tour details are below.

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About The Tour

An amazing opportunity to venture behind the scenes of JCB’s world-famous diggers; this unique tour includes historical information, little-known facts, exciting insights and gets you up close to the JCB manufacturing process.

Your visit will begin with welcome refreshments and a short presentation in the JCB Theatre showing our corporate brand video on the global manufacturing facilities and products. One of our Tour Guides will then invite you to attend a personal tour of the ‘’Story of JCB’’ exhibition with time to visit the JCB shop.

The tour will then take you to the assembly line of the world-famous Backhoe Loader machine; here you will see the process of how the machine is built from the delivery of the sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally the finished product!

Sensible shoes should be worn – you will not be permitted onto the tour in open-toe or heeled footwear

JCB Factory
Station Road
Rocester ST14 5HY
United Kingdom
+44 07760 190546

PCMI would appreciate your input!  Please take a few minutes to complete the PCMI Programming Survey.  Your input in both will help PCMI plan future programs.

Click here to complete the PCMI Program and Education Survey.

Please note that the Conference Evaluation will be sent to you by email to that you can save and go back to update your responses throughout the conference.

2023 Birmingham Conference Committee

David Allen, Cranfield University
Peter Jefferies, Parker Meggitt
Eric Kemperman, Etchform BV
Lawson Lightfoot, Lightfoot Consulting
Neil Walker, Tecan Ltd.

If you have a question or need more information please contact:

Photo Chemical Machining Institute
11 Robert Toner Blvd., #234
North Attleboro, MA 02763 US

Catherine Flaherty | Executive Director
Katie Burke | Program Manager

PCMI Sponsorship is Good for Your Business!

All PCMI conference sponsorship levels provide the following:
Promotion – You will have the opportunity to promote your company’s products and/or services during the conference at a tabletop display;
Access to key photo chemical machining industry leaders;
Advertising directly to conference attendees with your company’s linked logo on PCMI’s website;
Name Recognition – Your company will be recognized through marketing materials and on the Conference Website Event Page.

Platinum Sponsorship – $1,250
Company Showcase – Offers the unique opportunity to showcase and market your company with a 15–20-minute presentation.
Conference Registration – One complimentary conference registration ($500 value).
Dinner Registrations – Two complimentary registrations for the Group Dinner or the Annual Banquet ($250 value).
Signage – Designated event signage includes your company’s logo, name, or a
QR Code for your chosen landing page.

Gold Sponsorship – $1,000
Dinner Host – Offers the opportunity to provide welcoming remarks at the start of designated sponsored dinner, either the Annual Banquet or Group Dinner.
Dinner Registration –Two complimentary registrations for your designated sponsored dinner ($250 value).
Signage –Designated event signage displayed at the sponsored dinner.

Silver Sponsorship – $650
Lunch Host – Offers the opportunity to provide welcoming remarks during sponsored lunch on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Signage —Designated event signage displayed at sponsored lunch.

Bronze Sponsorship – $350
Refreshment Breaks Host
Signage –Offers designated signage at all food and beverage stations.


You can sign up as a sponsor on the conference registration form.

PCMI Members – $500
First Conference Non-Members – $500
Non-Members – $1,350

Conference | Third Person Plus *
PCMI Members – $250
First Conference Non-Members – $250
Non-Members – $1,350

Pre-Conference Tour
PCMI Members – $150
First Conference Non-Members – $150
Non-Members – $250

Banquet and Group Dinners
PCMI Members – $125
First Conference Non-Members – $125
Non-Members – $225

Facility Tour
PCMI Members $100
First Conference Non-Members – $100
Non-Members – $200

* A discount on the member or first conference fee is applied if you register three or more people for the conference.