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To apply for membership of the UK Gasket & Sealing Association, please download and complete our Application Form and return to the following address:

UK Gasket & Sealing Association
44 Moatbrook Avenue
Codsall
South Staffordshire
WV8 1DH

Alternatively, please email us at info@ukgsassociation.co.uk if you have any questions regarding membership, or wish to receive a Full Membership Pack.

Membership Benefits


UKGSA Buying Portal

We have teamed up with Joined Up Thinking and launched our very own ‘Buying Group’ to make available cost savings to all UKGSA members. They have a database of hundreds of suppliers and thousands of products and services and constantly benchmark deals to make sure our members will always receive the very best value for money. Their services are 100% free of charge to our members and 100% secure.

They can help with just about everything you purchase from fuel cards, stationery, utilities, insurance, pest control and coffee machines – and everything in between! Most of the deals sourced for you are exclusively available to our  members, and are not available to single stand-alone businesses. Also, they will be very soon adding more new products and services just for our members, so please keep checking back!

They have agreed that you can use their ‘Invoice Watch’ service free of charge as many times as you like. All you have to do is send them a copy invoice for a recent product or service you have purchased, and they will check to make sure you received the best value for money. At the very least, the research they carry out for you will show if you currently buy at the right price, and if you should consider changing suppliers!

They are also happy to help source any products or services for us that may not already be listed – just drop them a note at any time.

Full details can be found on our new secure portal. It is password protected, but just click the link in the homepage to set up your username and password.


Membership Grades

The following grades of membership are offered:

Member

Any company, the primary business of which is the cutting of gaskets from raw materials or the manufacturing of joint sealants and which can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee that it is acting independently and without significant structural or legal links with another company, companies or sections thereof in a way which can call into question its recognition by the Executive Committee as a gasket cutter.

Associate

Any company or a section of a company which, while being able to demonstrate a significant turnover derived from the cutting of gaskets from raw materials or the manufacturing of joint sealants nevertheless fails to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Executive Committee that it is acting independently and without any significant structural or legal links with another company, companies or sections thereof which are primarily recognised by the Executive Committee for other commercial activities and/or services.

Affiliate

Any company, or section of a company which is not able to demonstrate a significant turnover derived from the cutting of gaskets from raw materials or the manufacturing of joint sealants but which can, nevertheless, demonstrate to the Executive Committee that it has a commercial or professional interest in gaskets and is in a position to make a positive contribution to the aims and objectives of the Association.

Membership shall be corporate rather than personal. All employees of a company in membership will have access to and may benefit from services provided by the Association.

The Executive Committee will exercise full control over application and admission procedures. Their decision on all matters concerning applications and admissions will be final and they will not be bound to give any reason for any of their decisions on such matters.


Membership Fees

Grade of Membership Annual Cost (plus VAT)
Member £485.00
Associate £585.00
Affiliate £585.00
The cost of membership includes one free half page Advertisement in the Cutting Edge

Code of Practice

  1. As a Member of the UK Gasket & Sealing Association (UKGSA), this company guarantees as follows:
  2. That goods and services supplied by our business conform fully with current UK legislative and regulatory requirements;
  3. That customer satisfaction and safety are of prime importance in all our dealings;
  4. That our business maintains adequate levels of insurance cover appropriate to the nature, scale and scope of our business activities;
  5. That all people employed or engaged by our company are adequately trained and supervised by competent management appropriate to their job functions and that we operate formal internal quality assurance systems covering all aspects of our business activities;
  6. Goods and services are provided to client specifications and provide adequate and appropriate customer support and after sales service.
  7. That we will accept full responsibility to the customer for the performance of anyone to whom work is sub-contracted;
  8. That the member will uphold the good name and reputation of the UKGSA and its members and the industry in general.
  9. That members will offer the best advice to our customers on matters of specification with due regard to safety, whole life costs and the environment.
  10. That in the event of any dispute between a customer and ourselves, which cannot be satisfactorily resolved through our own internal procedures, we agree to the appointment by UKGSA, on an equally shared cost basis with the customer, of an independent arbitrator by whose decision we will abide;
  11. Client’s confidential information shall not be divulged to a third party and should not be used outside the immediate client – supplier relationship.
  12. That we will abide by any decision of the Executive Committee of UKGSA, under the terms of their approved disciplinary procedures, following their consideration of any reported serious breach of this Code including a decision to suspend or terminate membership.

As amended/approved at the AGM 3/10/07


Why you should join the UKGSA

We are an Association of gasket cutters/converters and as such, we meet to exchange views and information with our colleagues, competitors and suppliers. All meetings are open to any of your staff not just managers/owners of companies. The technical site visits we arrange are a great way to let your staff see how other companies cope and deal with production and design.

There is a quarterly magazine; “Cutting Edge” which includes articles on member news, company developments, products and much more. As a new member you will also be entitled to one free ½ page Advertisement in an issue of the Cutting Edge Newsletter.

The UKGSA is a member of the British Standards Institution. You can have copies of any British Standard at half price.

The really nice thing about the UKGSA is that it is not a clique club, it is an association of like minded people who can forge relationships and trust with competitors and suppliers.