SEA Achievements 2017

(In no particular order)

1. During 2017 the SEA gained accreditation to ISO9001 for its quality management systems, ISO14001 for its environmental management systems and OHSAS18001 for its occupational health & safety management systems. This gives members added confidence of third party accreditation of its Trade Association.

2. Our CEO was a keynote speaker at the West of England Aerospace Forum event REACH – What are the implications for my business. He covered the current state of the applications for authorisation within our sector and the likely impacts on the UK manufacturing supply chain.

3. Our UK Lobbying activities continued with further meetings held at the House of Lords. In particular a joint meeting with Made in the Midlands and other trade associations in the region. As the legislative centre switches from Brussels to Westminster due to the Brexit process, we held discussions with a number of prominent Peers and MPs to establish the best mechanism to ensure that members’ concerns would continue to be heard. We will be announcing full details of the outcome of these discussions in early 2018.

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 Edinburgh, hosted by the SEA and a board meeting was held in Vienna. Our CEO is currently President of CETS and will stand for re-election for his final 3 year period during the first meeting of 2018 to be held in Desenzano del Garda, Italy.

5. Our biennial industry conference was a great success with a record number of people attending. This was the second time that we have held a joint conference with the Contract Heat Treatment Association and it is hoped that this will be repeated in the future. Keynote speakers from the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Jaguar Land Rover were present.

6. We supported the Surface World Exhibition held at the NEC in Birmingham and provided a series of speakers for one of the lecture theatres. We will be working closely with the organisers to ensure that Surface World 2018 is a success. It will be held at the NEC in Birmingham again on 19th & 20th September 2018.

7. The SEA is now involved in a Horizon 2020 funded EU project called PROCETS – Protective composite Coatings via Electrodeposition and Thermal Spraying. It is a 3 year project to investigate possible environmentally friendly alternative coatings that do not use chromium trioxide. There are 16 project partners including a number of Universities, R&D establishments, industrial partners and Trade Associations. Our role will encompass the development of standards and dissemination. Meetings were held at the University of Barcelona Thermal Spraying Division and in Brussels with the European Commission coordinator.

8. We have been working closely with organisations in our sector to develop a surface engineering / materials processing apprenticeship scheme and career development programmes through to Masters Level with Cranfield University. As part of these developments, our CEO is a key player in the Surface Engineering & Advanced Coatings Leadership Forum.

9. The SEA continues to operate in a financially sound manner and has developed sufficient reserves to continue to develop over the coming years. We operate as a not-for-profit organisation with any surpluses being retained for the future development of the sector.

10. 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. European Committee for Surface Engineering (CETS)
g. BSI Committee STI/033 Electrodeposited and other coatings
h. Nickel REACH Consortium
i. Nickel Institute / CETS Nickel Working Group
j. BEIS Focus Groups regarding climate change agreements & energy policy
k. Cross-sector REACH group

11. 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, BEIS, and many European regulatory bodies.

12. The SEA has been working closely with other organisations and hosted a meeting of the British Coatings Federation Aerospace & Defence Committee and the Institution of Engineering & Technology at one of our members’ sites.

13. We supported the Advanced Engineering Show at the National Exhibition Centre and thought that it was once again an excellent event. We hosted the Surface Engineering Hub and hope to develop this further for future shows.

14. Our CEO attended a meeting with EUTOP, a Government Relations Company, based in Brussels to discuss future lobbying requirements at an EU level post-Brexit. It is likely that we will continue to lobby at an EU level via our European Trade Association, CETS.