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A foundation 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 - an Innovative and Sustainable future

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 comprises 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 UKMC 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. 

This work is continuing with the support of the UK Metals Council Trade Associations and their member companies. 

How to Get Involved?

Involvement in the UK Metals Council is available to any UK Trade Association with an interest in the UK Metals Sector.

For individual companies of any size, involvement in UKMC is through one of the Member Trade Associations.

News

09/09/22 - Eade becomes the UK Metals Council’s first female Chair
One of manufacturing’s leading champions and business support professionals has been appointed as the new Chair of the UK Metals Council (UKMC).

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19/07/22 - Stellar Speaker Line-up Announced for the New UK Metals Expo organised in Partnership with the UK Metals Council.
UK Metals Council is the proud partner of UK Metals Expo, the NEW free to attend event that brings the entire metals supply chain together with the engineering and manufacturing sector on 14 and 15 September at the NEC in Birmingham.

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13/06/22 - UK Metals Council Welcomes UK Government Apprenticeship Reforms Article
Skills and recruitment issues are particularly challenging at present with a shortage of trained people entering the metals sector and more people retiring with specialist hard to replace skills.
UK Metals Council welcomes reforms announced by UK Government, whilst recognising that much more is needed to support the sector, which is key to levelling up, the UK circular economy for metals and the net zero supply chain.

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