MEP gives Signature Materials the mark of approval

15 Dec 2014

Emma McClarkin, Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, recently visited the Signature Materials base in Grantham. She met with representatives of the marking technology to discuss the problem of materials theft and the role Signature Materials is playing in preventing the rise in these crimes.

Signature Materials is a metal marking technology developed by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining engraves materials with full details of ownership and location that can be visually checked by the police, scrap dealers and border control agencies. All the details are stored in a national database.

Following the meeting Emma said, ‘My visit to Signature Materials was a real eye opener. Not only to the scale of the problem of metal theft but the ingenuity of their inventions to combat it. This is a really effective solution for churches, businesses and households alike and I look forward to providing any assistance I can to help them promote their service across the region, UK and Europe.’

In 2013, Signature Materials celebrated its 1000th mark following successful projects with a range of clients including Electricity North West and Northampton Council. The team behind the marking system won the top award at the 2014 National Metal Theft Awards in the Crime Reduction Category, which recognises the commitment to reduce metal thefts from substations and overhead power lines. 

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