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:
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.
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.
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.
12/02/19 - New Team at UK Metals Council
Member of the UK Metals Council, UKMC, gathered in the Midlands for their regular meeting. The meeting welcomed Simon Juden, who is the new Strategic Director for the UKMC.
12/02/19 - Resource and Waste Strategy Response
The UK Metals Council (UKMC) welcomes the recent publication of the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy. The document focuses predominantly on the challenges of single-use plastics, the confusion over household recycling, issues with packaging, food waste and waste crime, and as such, has much to commend it.
18/12/18 - Materials Processing Institute CEO to become Chair of leading UK industry body
Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, has been elected to a significant position that will play a crucial role in the future of the UK’s metals sector.Mr McDonald has been named Chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC). He will formally take over the position in March 2019, after being voted in as Chair at the latest UKMC Board Meeting, in November.