The voice of the surface engineering industry, representing the companies within it.
Spanning the entire surface engineering and finishing sector, the SEA is the voice of the industry, working at every level to ensure that our members are informed and fairly represented in parliament in the UK and EU. We take an active role on UK and EU committees and working groups where legislation, standards, and codes of practice are developed, making sure that our views – and those of our members – are heard.
This representation on regulatory affairs ensures that we are always ‘in the know’ regarding new, or amended, legislation on health and safety or environmental issues that will impact the surface engineering industry. Our findings are fed back to members regularly via our website, committee meetings and conferences.
The Surface Engineering Association is leading the way in the future of the industry.
Together with our members we are at the forefront of the advancement of the surface engineering industry, helping with the development of new environmentally friendly coatings and less hazardous plating methods.
We hold regular meetings, seminars and conferences to keep our members informed on the important issues affecting our industry, and we provide the platform for all members to present potential issues, so we can report these to the right people in the places that matter. In addition, these are ideal events for meeting fellow members, including manufacturers and suppliers, to discuss areas of mutual interest or even contention.
Membership of the Surface Engineering Association amplifies your voice where it matters.
We understand the challenges that companies working in our sector face – especially the smaller enterprises that have neither time or specialist resources to keep ahead of legislation, industry issues or get involved at government level. The SEA is your voice in areas that affect the surface finishing industry.
Membership is not just about amplifying the voice, but offers a whole host of member benefits:
✅ Free technical and commercial advice.
✅ Free 24-hour business support helpline providing valuable advice on tax, VAT, PAYE and employment issues.
✅ Up-to-the minute information on legislation changes or proposed controls that affect materials or processes used in surface finishing.
✅ Substantial savings on company energy bills.
✅ Bespoke commercial insurance specifically for those operating in surface engineering that offers flexible, comprehensive cover with no claims discount up to 50%.
✅ Free entry in the SEA Buyers’ Guide App and the SEA website.
✅ Regular publications, including the SEA Newsletter and Surface Matters.
✅ A range of attractive discounts on products and services such as car hire, hotel booking and private healthcare.
Discover for yourself the benefits of being a member of the Surface Engineering Association
If you are involved in any aspect of the surface engineering industry, you should be involved in the Surface Engineering Association. Not only for the many benefits that membership offers, but also for the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of the industry. We particularly welcome young people coming into our exciting sector and we provide opportunities for them learn and contribute to the world of surface engineering.
Find out more about the benefits of membership.
You can apply for membership by completing our online application form. However, if you would like to discuss in more detail about the benefits of membership or have any questions, please contact us on 0121 237 1123 or email us at [email protected].
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