SEA News & Press

Welcome to new member Hitachi

We would like to welcome Oxford-based Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science as a SEA member.  As part of the Hitachi High Technologies Group, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science has over 45 years’ experience in providing high-tech analysis solutions for the industrial...

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Do any of your processes rely on the use of chromates?

Do any of your formulations contain chromates? Aerospace and Defence supply chains are impacted You may use potassium dichromate, sodium dichromate, or chromium trioxide in conversion coating or in the passivation of stainless steel.  Or perhaps you use paint or...

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New website same great trade association

There’s no point in asking whether you have seen our new website, as you are already visiting it!  But have you taken a good look? The menu remains the same but we have a great new design.  We have introduced easy-to-navigate content and a new-look ‘find a member’...

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Increase in Climate Change Levy Rates

Although there is still a lot of uncertainty for UK business in 2019, there is some good news for businesses which have already signed up to the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) – the percentage of discount for holders of a CCA went up on the 1st April 2019. Businesses...

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Benefits of SEA Membership

“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member” So said Groucho Marx, and we must admit, he may have had a point. Membership of any club or association is a bit like the curate’s egg – good in parts, not so good in others. There will always be...

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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...

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Surface Finishing Legislation

Dissecting Surface Finishing Legislation For those running businesses, it’s not just the day to day running of the operation that concerns them, but also the many laws and regulations that need to be complied with. Whether dealing with taxes or employment issues,...

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Electroplating Chemicals

Keeping on top of the rules surrounding electroplating chemicals Rules, regulations, guidance, legislation.  Businesses working in the surface engineering and finishing industry have to carry out their day to day operations whilst ensuring that they comply with a...

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Trade Associations

Five reasons why you should be a member of our Trade Association Since the 16th Century Trade Associations have – in one guise or another - represented their members at all levels of business.  From the earliest Guilds that protected the interests of merchants and...

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REACH Compliance

Are you sure you're REACH Compliant? For those working in the surface engineering industry, you will more than likely have heard about the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations.  This piece of legislation governs the...

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The Surface Finishing Industry

  How the SEA influences the issues that affects the surface finishing industry It seems like there is always some new piece of legislation or new guidelines that companies across the whole of the surface finishing sector have to comply with. But when these pieces of...

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EPR 2016 is coming

The Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2016 (or EPR 2016) are on their way and members of the Surface Engineering Association (SEA) need to be ready. Last year the Welsh Government and DEFRA decided that it was necessary to consolidate all of the...

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REACH and the impact of Hexavalent Chromium

Since 2007, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) Directive has been in force across the EU. The aim of the Directive is to ensure the safe use of chemicals throughout the supply chain, and to provide a high level of...

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REACH – What’s happening under this legislation

under this legislation? Follow us: REACH - What's happening under this legislation? As anyone working within the surface engineering and heat treatment sector will know, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulations have...

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Official launch of the Surface Engineering Leadership Forum

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...

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Six new substances added to the Candidate List

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 197 substances. Helsinki, 15 January 2019 – ECHA has added five new substances to the Candidate List due to the carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent,...

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A successful Gala Dinner and Awards for the SEA

Held at the 5-star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, in the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, this year’s SEA gala dinner and awards evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. This was the second time the SEA Awards have been held jointly with the CHTA, and we were...

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BATF commission portrait in memory of former President

The British Allied Trades Federation has commissioned a portrait in memory of one of their most influential and long serving decision makers, C H Plenderleith, known to all as Bob, who sadly passed away late last year aged 96. He was an active member of the...

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The HS&E Committee – An Important Update

For over 40 years, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been looking after the welfare and safety of the UK’s workforce. A national, independent organisation that oversees work-related health, safety and illness, helping reduce work-related deaths and serious...

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The REACH Cross Sector Group

The REACH Cross Sector Group - who they are and what they do.   As anyone working in the surface engineering sector knows, the REACH Directive has been at the top of the agenda for quite some time. Impacting on our sector and many others, the Directive...

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SEA members contribute to world-leading research

Those who work in the surface engineering industry, and especially those who carry out electroplating processes, will already know about the short and long-term effects of substances of very high concern (SVHC). The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and...

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The Horizon 2020 Project

The Horizon 2020 Project - what it is and how does it impact on surface engineering?   What is the Horizon 2020 Project? The Horizon 2020 Project is the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.  It is the biggest EU research and innovation programme to date...

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Meet the 2016 Award Winners

The biennial co-sponsored event of the Surface Engineering Association and the Contract Heat Treatment Association was held at its new venue, the Midland Hotel Manchester on 30th September 2016. The fantastic event, which has continued to increase in stature and...

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The Surface Engineering Association

How the Surface Engineering Association works hard for its members The Surface Engineering Association plays a pivotal role in the surface engineering and finishing industry. Anyone working in the industry will reap a number of great benefits by being a member of the...

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EPR Consolidation Update

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 are to be updated to consolidate the various amendments made since its publication, as well as taking into account any revisions made to...

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