SEA Achievements 2014

(In no particular order)

1. A further 2 lunchtime briefing sessions were held at the House of Lords bringing our cumulative total to 22. Discussions with Peers, MPs and representatives from the regulatory authorities covered topics such as REACH, hazardous waste classification, COMAH and the SEVESO Directive.

2. Following on from one of the luncheons, we got agreement from the MPs present to ask the Secretary of State for the Environment why the EA were classifying waste containing zinc hydroxide as hazardous and we held further meetings with MPs regarding the UK’s transposition of the SEVESO Directive in the UK COMAH regualtions.

3. We took a group of members to Germany to visit the O&S exhibition and conference. This is the largest European exhibition for surface engineering and members where very impressed with the show. One of our members gave a presentation regarding the environmental benefits of hard chromium plating and our CEO gave an update on UK regulatory engagement activities.

4. The SEA continues to take a lead role within the CETS organisation which has now become recognised by the European Commission as the lead European body for our sector. Meetings were held in Birmingham, UK and Bologna, Italy. CETS has been restructured so that it now has a Regulatory Affairs Section and a Technical & Standards Section. This is line with most of the associations that are members of CETS.

5. Our CEO once again took part in an international panel date at the SurFin Exhibition & Conference in Cleveland, USA. He also instigating discussions regarding future cooperation regarding the profession of hands on training.

6. A number of meetings were held in Brussels with the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry and DG Environment to discuss the potential impact of the REACH registration and authorisation processes.

7. The SEA has been involved in two Government funded projects, STOWURC – Sustainable Treatment of Waste Using Recyclable Chitosans and HardAlt – a project looking to develop an alternative coating to replace hard chromium electroplating.

8. Two meetings were held at the European Parliament as part of our ongoing advocacy efforts regarding the implementation of the REACH Regulation.

9. Our biennial awards event was a great success with maximum numbers attending and the highest number of entries we have ever received.


10. The SEA continues to operate in a financially sound manner and has developed sufficient reserves to continue to develop over the coming years. Reserves have increased by more than 5 fold in the last 12 years leaving us in an extremely health financial state.

11. The SEA now has wide-ranging representation on many committees / organisations engaged in / with the surface engineering sector at a regional, national and European level including;

a. Government / Industry IPPC Sounding Board
b. Government / Industry LA-IPPC Sounding Board
c. European Commission Technical Working Group – STM BREF
d. Environmental Permitting Programme Stakeholder Committee
e. Surface Engineering Board of the Institute of Material, Minerals & Mining
f. Comité Européen des Traitements de Surfaces (CETS)
g. BSI Committee STI/033 Electrodeposited and other coatings
h. Nickel REACH Consortium
i. Nickel Institute / CETS Nickel Working Group
j. DECC Focus Groups regarding new climate change agreements
k. Cross-sector REACH group

12. The high profile that the SEA now enjoys means that we were involved with numerous consultations during the year from the Environment Agency, HSE, DEFRA, DECC, and many European regulatory bodies.