Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining completes the cycle

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining officially comes into being on 26 June 2002 on approval of its Royal Charter by the Privy Council. The new Institute has been created from the merger of The Institute of Materials (IoM) and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM), whose complementary interests have been united in one professional body which now encompasses the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land re-use.

The launch of the new body is being marked by the unveiling of a plaque at the headquarters office in London by the Presidents of the two former organisations, Professor Colin Humphreys and Professor Jane Plant. The organisation also has regional offices in Stoke on Trent and in Doncaster.

Right: Prof. Jane Plant, President of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and Prof. Colin Humphreys, President of the Institute of Materials.

The new Institute has a membership of 24,000, of which 6,000 reside outside the UK. The merger was strongly endorsed by the members of both organisations as a positive move which would build on the strengths of both fomer institutes and form a more robust body to deal with the challenges of the future. Merger negotiations began late in 2000, and the completion of the merger took just over 18 months to achieve. Full details of the process leading up to the merger, the merger prospectus and communications briefs can be viewed at

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