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Importance of Membership

Being a member of a strong Trade Association has never been more important!

Since Brexit was triggered, businesses in the UK have been dealing with a lot of uncertainty as to what happens when the break is made from the European Union.

This is especially true of the surface engineering and finishing industry. As the majority of legislation surrounding the practices and operation of companies working in the industry is currently created and implemented by the EU, Brexit could prompt a lot of change for the industry.

Keeping members up to date with important legislative changes

So that companies are still able to trade and work within the EU, it is unlikely that many of the current legislation surrounding the use of certain chemicals, and their effects on health & safety and the environment will change dramatically overnight. However, there will be a chance for the SEA and its members to lobby to the Government to lift restrictions and make it easier for surface engineering and finishing processes to be carried out.

During this time, it is even more important to be a member of a strong trade association that looks after the interests of the industry it represents and its members, and keeps them up to date with any issues that could affect them.

Ensuring the industry’s voice is heard during a significant period of change

The SEA works with the bodies and committees that draw up and implement legislation that affects the industry, making sure that any new regulations do not adversely affect the way surface engineering is carried out. We are here to support our members and keep them informed of any changes or issues that arise.

The SEA and the companies working in the industry need to therefore work as a collective to ensure that the industry is not overlooked during this period of uncertainty. By working together, we can help establish a strong industry going forward into this new era.

More information regarding membership of the SEA can be found by clicking here. If you would like to talk to one of our team about how Brexit may affect your business, or anything else, please call us on 0121 237 1123 or email us at

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  1. Benefits of SEA Membership
  2. Made for Space event – discover the opportunities for the surface engineering sector
  3. Increase in Climate Change Levy Rates
  4. Official launch of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum
  5. Looking after the industry with SELF
  6. A successful Gala Dinner and Awards for the SEA
  7. The Importance of Being a Part of a Trade Association
  8. Cadmium plating – an introduction
  9. A brief guide to the chrome plating process
  10. The REACH Directive and the implications to the surface engineering industry
  11. Your guide to electroplating
  12. Your guide to COMAH 2015 and how it affects your business
  13. The Surface Engineering & Heat Treatment Industry conference – an event you shouldn’t miss
  14. An introduction to hard chrome plating
  15. Metal Finishing
  16. Nickel plating and the SEA
  17. EPR Consolidation Update
  18. Surface Finishing
  19. The Surface Engineering Association
  20. Surface Finishing Legislation
  21. REACH Regulations
  22. REACH Chemicals
  23. COSHH Regulations
  24. Surface Finishing Industry Association
  25. Electroplating Chemicals
  26. Trade Associations
  27. REACH Compliance
  28. The Surface Finishing Industry
  29. A guide to reducing your energy bills with the Climate Change Agreement
  30. The Aims of the Climate Change Agreement
  31. EPR 2016 is coming!
  32. REACH and the impact of Hexavalent Chromium
  33. The Future Of Plated Plastics
  34. D-Day For Chromium Trioxide?
  35. Meet the 2016 Award Winners
  36. The Horizon 2020 Project
  37. SEA members contribute to world-leading research
  38. The REACH Cross Sector Group
  39. Importance of Membership
  40. The HS&E Committee – An Important Update
  41. The Importance of Networking Events
  42. BATF commission portrait in memory of former President
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