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A heritage industry...

Metals companies are a vital part of the UK economy. They perform crucial enabling roles for all other industrial sectors. They are for example essential for manufacturing, construction and power generation. As well as making metals such as aluminium and steel, companies also:

  • Process metals, through casting, forging, extrusion, and so on, for use by other industries.
  • Fabricate high-integrity structural components, such as steel frames for buildings.
  • Recycle metals found in end-of-life products and industrial supply chain scrap.

The UK Metals Industry comprises 11,100 companies, employs around 230,000 people, and directly contributes £10.7bn to UK GDP. Indirectly it also supports a further 750,000 employees and underpins some £200bn of the UK’s GDP. Many companies now operate and compete globally and are themselves part of multinational, foreign-owned enterprises.

Opportunities ahead

Decades of technological developments mean metals production is less labour-intensive and more efficient than ever. It is also cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

The UK has ambitious plans to develop new generations of world-leading cars, aircraft and other products, and for a major upgrade of its energy and transport infrastructure, creating extra demand for metals.

The move towards a more circular economy also represents an important opportunity for the industry. Metals are endlessly reusable and recyclable, and become increasingly attractive from a lifecycle perspective the more times they are reused or recycled.

 

Metals Forum

The UK Metals Council is supported by the UK Metals Forum, an organisation comprising ten leading ferrous and non-ferrous trade associations. They represent industries which when combined employ more than 350,000 people in 25,000 businesses spread across the country with a presence in virtually every town and city. These companies produce goods worth £50 billion, supplying core metals and fabricated products into engineering, construction, automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing sectors. In 2015 the Forum published  - Vision 2030 The Uk Metals Industry's New Strategic Approach - a ground breaking document designed to support the development of the UK Metals Strategy.

News

04/12/18 - All change at the UK Metals Council.
Pam Murrell, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation and current Chair of the Metals Forum, presented Giles Willson with a case of wine in appreciation of his work running the UK Metals Council since its inception in 2015.

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19/11/18 - First Foundry Apprentices start in the new National Foundry Training Centre
Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (ICME) National President, Trevor Ayre FICME, was delighted to welcome the first group of Foundry apprentices to the new National Foundry Training Centre this week for their first full block of teaching.

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13/11/18 - Future Proofing for Exporters: UK Metals Council meeting.
The UK Metals Council (UKMC) had a very successful meeting early in November, hosted by TWI at their premises in Cambridge, and representatives from 10 Trade Associations in UK metals sector attended.

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