BEP Surface Technologies Aims for Nuclear Sector Growth Following Reacquisition of Fit for Nuclear Status

by Anna

BEP Surface Technologies, a leading expert in electroplating and surface finishing, is setting its sights on expansion within the nuclear sector following the successful reacquisition of its Fit for Nuclear (F4N) status.

The F4N program, headquartered in the UK, is tailored to assist companies within the nuclear supply chain in preparing for and showcasing their readiness to engage in the industry. Developed by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and backed by esteemed partners such as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), F4N provides a rigorous framework to ensure adherence to the highest standards of quality, safety, and reliability.


Based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, BEP underwent its initial F4N assessment in 2021, emerging victorious after diligent evaluation and strategic enhancements to its operations. This achievement affirmed BEP’s capability to meet the stringent criteria set forth by the program.


Following a new round of assessments, BEP has once again secured F4N status, which remains valid for a three-year period. This reinstatement places BEP among a select cohort of companies poised to contribute to the UK government’s vision of bolstering nuclear capacity to generate up to 24 Gigawatts (GW) by 2050, accounting for a quarter of the projected electricity demand.


The reaffirmation of F4N status solidifies BEP’s reputation as a trusted partner within the global nuclear industry. The company has previously collaborated with the UK government and Nuclear AMRC to pioneer innovative technologies and processes for the copper-coating of canisters, vital for the long-term safe containment of nuclear waste. Additionally, BEP offers consultancy services to facilitate the establishment of nuclear processes domestically and collaborates with waste management organizations in Canada and Europe.


Andrew McClusky, Managing Director of BEP Surface Technologies, expressed pride in the company’s achievement, stating, “Being regranted F4N status underscores BEP Surface Technologies’ unwavering dedication to delivering exemplary service to the sector, both presently and in the future.”

McClusky continued, “I commend our team for their dedication and diligence in achieving F4N recognition. This milestone underscores our commitment to excellence and positions BEP as a dependable partner within the nuclear supply chain, unlocking avenues for new ventures and collaborations.”

Liz Gregory, Director of Supply Chain & Skills at the Nuclear AMRC, commended BEP for renewing its Fit For Nuclear status, noting the company’s commitment to sustained business excellence and continuous improvement.

Integral to BEP’s success was the implementation of strategic initiatives aimed at fostering collaboration, innovation, and employee empowerment. The establishment of specialized teams, including a Continual Improvement Group, empowered employees to drive business enhancements autonomously, cultivating a culture of perpetual improvement and excellence.

Connor Gill, Quality Manager at BEP Surface Technologies, emphasized the significance of people, process excellence, and a robust health and safety culture in achieving F4N status. “At BEP, our employees are at the core of our operations, and our focus on these factors enabled us to effectively meet the program’s criteria,” remarked Gill.

With F4N status secured, BEP Surface Technologies remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering innovative coating solutions that uphold the highest standards of quality, safety, and reliability. As the company sets new benchmarks for excellence and innovation, it is poised to drive transformative growth within the nuclear sector.

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