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Surface Finishing

The surface finishing industry and the trade association that supports it


A strong trade association is incredibly important for any industry, and this is especially true for the surface finishing industry. With the enormous amount of legislation and regulations that cover many aspects of the industry, it is important to keep up to date and know what’s going to impact on your business. The Surface Engineering Association (SEA) is a powerful voice for those working in surface finishing, and it pays to be a member.

So why should someone in the surface finishing industry be a member of a trade association? Here are just a few reasons:

1. Representation where it matters

Whether in the UK or in Europe, there are many legislative committees which pass down the latest laws and regulations which have a significant impact on the day to day activities of companies carrying out surface finishing processes. To make sure the industry’s interests are looked after, it is important to have representation on these committees. This is where the trade association comes into its own.

2. Keeping up to date with the key issues

When changes are made, it is important that members are kept informed at all times and given advice on how to make sure that all requirements are complied with. This can be done through a number of forums including regular and varied publications which provide the latest information and guidance.

It is important to provide networking events where fellow finishers have a chance to discuss the current issues with each other, as well as providing conferences, seminars and meetings where the latest topics of interest are discussed.

3. Answers for all your questions

Companies do not always have the necessary resources to keep on top of everything they need to know about running their business in a highly regulated industry. Therefore, providing support and advice on a number of subjects is essential. From technical and commercial advice to free advice on tax, VAT and employee issues can be extremely useful.

The SEA provides these, and many other tangible benefits, to their members. If you have an interest in the surface finishing industry, take a look around our website where you will see everything that the SEA has to offer its members.

If you would like to discuss membership or any issues affecting the industry, please telephone 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
  43. Have you got your tickets yet?
  44. REACH - What's happening under this legislation?


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