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The SEA hosts latest CETS meeting in sunny Edinburgh

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The SEA hosts latest CETS meeting in sunny Edinburgh

CETS, the European federation of national associations within the surface finishing sector, meets regularly to give organisations from across Europe the opportunity to provide an experienced, relevant voice on proposals for the environment, health and safety legislation.  

The most recent meeting was hosted by the Surface Engineering Association (SEA), who selected Edinburgh as the location. Dave Elliott, Chief Executive of the SEA, and president of CETS, said “Edinburgh was our chance to show attendees from across Europe another side to the United Kingdom – we were hoping for fantastic weather, picturesque scenery and some great site seeing.  Edinburgh certainly didn’t disappoint and the trip was enjoyed by all”.

There were 16 attendees in total, 11 of which were from 11 different EU Member States, each representing their own association.  The associations in attendance were equivalent to the SEA from the following countries:

Austria – AOT

Belgium – VOM

Finland – SGY

France – UITS

Germany – FIT & VECCO

Ireland – IMF


Netherlands – ION

Norway – NGLF

Spain – AIAS



Staying in a central hotel, the charming Radisson Blu, attendees were able to enjoy the fortunate weather which was sunny and bright; Guests were able to easily explore the city during their downtime.

During the first day, the meetings involved the Regulatory Affairs Section and the Technical & Standards Section, giving an update on activities and plans for the future.  Topics included documentation, development of EU standards, exposure limits and developments with 3D printing and assistive manufacturing. 

Associations were also updated with the planned future lobbying activities to be carried out by CETS, press releases, communication strategies, REACH developments and future actions. The first day was a great success and gave all associations the opportunity to receive accurate information about planned changes and developments, which will allow accurate reporting to their members across Europe.

After a long day of note-taking, discussion and debate, the SEA hosted a dinner at the Witchery Restaurant near to Edinburgh Castle, which allowed all guests to relax and enjoy Edinburgh’s finest culinary offerings.

The second day’s meeting involved the official General Assembly of CETS in order to comply with the rules of association for Belgian registered not-for-profit organisations. The accounts for 2016 and budgets for the coming year were accepted by the members and the Board agreed to serve a further period until the next General Assembly.

As president of CETS, Dave Elliott also gave a report on the recent activities of the organisation since the last General Assembly, which included a number of successful events at the European Parliament.

Mr Elliott said - “further lobbying meetings are planned, as well as an overhaul of the website and social media organisation, to allow for important information to be more readily available to European associations and their members”.

The next meeting is due to take place September / October 2017, and is thus far planned to take place in Italy.

For more information, please visit The SEA represents members and their concerns, lobbying for the best possible outcomes for British SMEs and the UK surface engineering sector as a whole.

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