What Does the BSSA Do?
The main activities of the BSSA are:
- Through the Stainless Steel Advisory Service and the BSSA website, providing technical advice on the full range of stainless steel products, including material properties, fabrication methods and sources of supply;
- Developing the competence and efficiency of the stainless steel industry through education, the provision of technical assistance and the development of standards;
- Researching and disseminating information on stainless steel products, markets and applications;
- Promoting members’ products and services, nationally and internationally, through the BSSA website, newsletters, weekly campaigns, press articles, press releases, seminars, conferences and exhibitions;
- Providing a medium for members to network and exchange views on matters affecting the industry;
- Representing the interests of the UK stainless steel industry, nationally and internationally with governments, other national stainless steel development associations and other metal product associations.
Help and Advice - Stainless Steel Advisory Service and www.bssa.org.uk
Launched in 2000, the BSSA provides a free technical enquiry service to meet the need for a specialist source of information and advice on the use of stainless steel. Since 2000, the service has answered more than 42,000 enquiries about all aspects of stainless steel, the sourcing of products and providing access to the Association’s network of contacts. The SSAS is headed up by Mike Lewus, the principle Technical Advisor, who has more than 30 years experience in the steel industry and 10 years specifically on stainless steel.
The service operates Monday to Friday:
Tel: 0114 292 2637
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com,uk
Training and Education
The BSSA is committed to education and training across the industry and organises seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including stainless steel itself, welding & fabrication, legislation affecting the industry and market and sector briefings. The Association also manages the Stainless Steel Specialist Course, a comprehensive programme of self-taught modules covering the metallurgy and applications of stainless steel.
In conjunction with the Nickel institute, the BSSA has developed a Continuing Professional Development seminar programme for architects which is part of the RIBA and Construction CPD networks. Since its introduction almost 400 seminars have been given to architectural practices throughout the UK.
Full details can be found under “Training”.
Networking and Events
The BSSA provides opportunities throughout the year for member companies to network with each other and with wider manufacturing and related industries.
On 18th and 19th May 2016 the Stainless Steel in Architecture, Building and Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition will take place at the East Midlands Conference Centre. This event will provide an opportunity for members and their guests to listen to high profile speakers from the stainless industry and key market sectors. The conference will take place alongside the BSSA’s Annual General Meeting. There will also be a drinks reception & dinner on the evening of the 18th May, giving speakers, sponsors, delegates and exhibitors the chance to network and relax.
Later in the year, the BSSA Annual Dinner will provide a more informal opportunity to relax in the company of colleagues from the industry.
Forums are also held on a regular basis during the year where member companies with common interests can meet.
The Association has established a number of focused initiatives together with member companies and other industry partners to research and develop the market for specific products and applications.