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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

21/12/17 - UK Metals Council meeting
The next UK Metals Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at the National Metalforming Centre in West Bromwich. Please contact the Secretariat for more details

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07/12/17 - Next UK Metals Council meeting

The next UK Metals Council meeting will take place on Monday 11th Dececember 2017. This is being kindly hosted by one of our Members UK Steel at their premises in London. For more information please contact the UK Metals Council Manager Giles Willson

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26/10/17 - Dieter Helm’s independent energy review
UK Metals Council welcomes this report and its potential contribution to future energy policy. Dieter Helm has confirmed what the evidence has long shown, namely that costs of UK energy are too high and need to be urgently addressed to provide relief to industrial consumers and households

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