The Surface Engineering Leadership Forum (SELF) was officially launched at the House of Lords on Monday 11th February 2019.

SELF explained

SELF has been set up to promote the surface engineering sector, and to ensure that it continues to grow and achieve a competitive advantage whilst improving profits – even in the event of a no deal Brexit! Its aim is to support the UK materials and manufacturing industries on their journey to become world beating in the application of Industry 4.0 principles and tools.

SELF was founded following an in-depth report produced by a Special Interest Group (SIG) looking at the future needs of the SEAC (Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings) community. SIG reported to government and industry bodies in 2014 and concluded that, if SEAC technology in the UK is to be viewed as a future high value manufacturing technology and thrive in increasingly competitive global markets, the sector must develop its capabilities to provide the service and confidence that customers are seeking.

It wishes to encourage research and development, increased manufacturing capability levels and development of partnerships with the research base, supply chain and end users.


Who is involved?

Formed from both companies and individuals who have a vested interest in the surface engineering, advanced coatings and material finishing sectors, SELF was established with the aim of promoting the use of these technologies in industry, and to interface with government on developments, funding and business support.

Members of SELF include trade bodies, research and technology companies, professional engineering institutions, universities and manufacturers.


SELF Launch

Those who attended the launch event at the House of Lords were able to hear from three distinguished speakers on a range of topics:

  • Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, ESFA – “Supporting the community”
  • Bryan Allock, SELF – “Building from the messages from the Summit”
  • Lord Whitby – “The importance of Surface Engineering to the manufacturing sector”

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