Who are BCF?
We are the representative body for the UK’s paints, coatings, printing inks and wallcoverings industries. Our members' products are critical to UK manufacturing, and 300,000 people work with our members' products every day. As a net exporter, the coatings sector strives to promote UK manufacturing and ensure the long-term sustainable well-being of UK industry. We have 135 members, 80% of which are SMEs, and this represents 95% of the UK coatings market.
Why has BCF decided to partner with EEF?
Our industry has common aims with EEF - to strengthen the future for UK manufacturing once the UK has left the EU, and make a success of the industrial strategy. Now, more than ever it is key that the concerns of the coatings industry are heard by government, and our new partnership with EEF enables new channels for our members to communicate with government officials at the highest level.
What do BCF members think of Brexit?
We’ve asked our members for their views on Brexit in a recent survey, and 75% of coatings companies said they see Brexit as a risk rather than an opportunity, due to concerns around the impact of leaving the single market and regulatory equivalence, particularly in regard to the REACH regulation. As the representative body for our industry, it is our job to ensure a strong lobbying position on behalf of our members, and partner with other organisations in the supply chain to get a good deal for coatings from Brexit, which is another great reason to be joining EEF at this time.
What does BCF offer the manufacturing industry?
The companies in BCF membership are key to making manufacturing thrive in the UK. The coatings industry enables other industries such as automotive and construction and is critical to UK industry. BCF is a well connected trade association, with a great network of strategic alliances in other trade associations across manufacturing. We are also a member of the Alliance of Chemical Associations, 11 trade associations in the chemicals sector, and sit on the UK Government’s Chemical Stakeholder Forum, a quarterly meeting of government, industry and NGOs to discuss the key issues for the industry.
Finally, we offer the industry expert technical and strategic advice on the ever-changing regulatory and political landscape in the UK, EU and beyond, as well as unprecedented access to key stakeholders and policymakers.
What does BCF think the future holds for the industry?
There is a lot of uncertainty for the future, not just for the industry but generally given the current political climate. Its critical at this time that trade bodies in manufacturing join forces, and present government with a clear and strong message in terms of what we need out of Brexit and the Industrial Strategy, and we are confident that as an affiliate member of EEF, the voice of the coatings sector will be heard more strongly than we could achieve alone.