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SEA Surface Engineering Association The SEA is the voice of the surface engineering sector, representing its members’ interests at both a UK and EU level. Throughout the last 18 months we have maintained this status through active involvement in industry and continuous improvement; Please look at some of our recent activities: Our CEO was a keynote speaker at the West of England Aerospace Forum event REACH – What are the implications for my business. He covered the current state of the applications for authorisation within our sector and the likely impacts on the UK manufacturing supply chain. Our UK Lobbying activities continued with further meetings held at the House of Lords. In particular a joint meeting with Made in the Midlands and other trade associations in the region. As the legislative centre switches from Brussels to Westminster due to the Brexit process, we held discussions with a number of prominent Peers and MPs to establish the best mechanism to ensure that members’ concerns would continue to be heard. We will be announcing full details of the outcome of these discussions in early 2018. The SEA continues to take a lead role within the CETS organisation which has now become recognised by the European Commission as the lead European body for our sector. Our CEO is currently President of CETS. Our biennial industry conference, this year joint with the Contract Heat Treatment Association, was a great success with a record number of people attending. Keynote speakers from the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Jaguar Land Rover were present. c. European Commission Technical Working Group – STM BREF d. Environmental Permitting Programme Stakeholder Committee e. Surface Engineering Board of the Institute of Material, Minerals & Mining The SEA is now involved in a Horizon 2020 funded EU project called PROCETS - Protective composite Coatings via Electrodeposition and Thermal Spraying. It is a 3 year project to investigate possible environmentally friendly alternative coatings that do not use chromium trioxide. There are 16 project partners including Universities, R&D establishments, industrial partners and Trade Associations. Our role will encompass the development of standards and dissemination. We have been working closely with organisations in our sector to develop a surface engineering / materials processing apprenticeship scheme and career development programmes through to Masters Level with Cranfield University. As part of these developments, our CEO is a key player in the Surface Engineering & Advanced Coatings Leadership Forum. The SEA now has wide- ranging representation on many committees / organisations engaged in / with the surface engineering sector at a regional, national and European level including; a. Government / Industry IPPC Sounding Board b. Government / Industry LA-IPPC Sounding Board f. European Committee for Surface Engineering (CETS) g. BSI Committee STI/033 Electrodeposited and other coatings h. Nickel REACH Consortium i. Nickel Institute / CETS Nickel Working Group j. BEIS Focus Groups regarding climate change agreements & energy policy k. Cross-sector REACH group The high profile that the SEA now enjoys means that we were involved with numerous consultations during the year from the Environment Agency, HSE, DEFRA, BEIS, and many European regulatory bodies. The SEA has been working closely with other organisations and hosted a meeting of the British Coatings Federation Aerospace & Defence Committee and the Institution of Engineering & Technology at one of our members’ sites. Our CEO attended a meeting with EUTOP, a Government Relations Company, based in Brussels to discuss future lobbying requirements at an EU level post-Brexit. It is likely that we will continue to lobby at an EU level via our European Trade Association, CETS. If you wish to join our Association or want further information, please contact Michaella Mais on 0121 237 1123 or email Michaella.mais@sea.org.uk Surface World Live 2017 saw a 48% increase in footfall. The 2018 show is predicted to be even busier. Can you afford to not be there? 19th & 20th September 2018, Hall 11, NEC, Birmingham 12 SHOW GUIDE - AUGUST 2018 www.surfaceworld.com read online: www.surfaceworld.com