SEA Achievements 2015

(In no particular order)

1. A further 2 lunchtime briefing sessions were held at the House of Lords bringing our cumulative total to 24. Discussions with Peers, MPs and representatives from the regulatory authorities covered topics such as REACH, MoD Standard, COMAH 2015 and the Industrial Emissions Directive.

2. Following on from one of the luncheons, Lord Hoyle wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence to ask why the MoD had decided to pass all of its surface engineering standards over to an American Standards organisation for publication. Unfortunately the response was less than satisfactory and was basically done as a cost saving exercise.

3. We took a group of members to Washington to participate in the Washington Forum. This annual event is our American counterpart’s main advocacy exercise and consisted of 2 days of presentations followed by visits to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators.

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 Boxmeer, Holland and a board meeting was held in Vienna. CETS has been restructured so that it now has a Regulatory Affairs Section and a Technical & Standards Section. This is in line with most of the associations that are members of CETS.

5. Our CEO attended the SurFin Exhibition & Conference in Chicago, USA. He also continued discussions regarding future cooperation regarding the development of online practical training for our sector.

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 REPRIME – a project looking to remove cyanides and explosive pre-cursors from the supply chain. We were also involved in an EU funded project HardAlt, which is aiming to produce a drop-in replacement for hard chromium plating by using an electrolytic nickel, phosphorous, composite coating using various re-enforcing particles.

8. Our CEO was a key speaker at an event held under the SME Week umbrella at the European Parliament. The event was entitled How to raise our game? – New approach to European Industrial Competitiveness, SMEs in the Surface Engineering Sector.

9. Our biennial industry conference was a great success with a record number of people attending. This was the first time that we have held a joint conference with the Contract Heat Treatment Association and it is hope that this will be repeated in the future.

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 healthy 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.

13. In order to keep pace with the ever increasing use of social media, we engaged with a third party marketing agency to assist with the development of our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and to help manage our search engine optimisation process.

14. We hosted an evening reception in London for the members of the ISO Technical Working Group that has the responsibility to produce standards for our sector. Delegates from Japan, China, Germany and the UK attended.

15. We have developed 2 mobile apps – one for the Buyers Guide, so members can advertise their services to a wider audience and one for providing an information portal for members and potential members.