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Supply Chain

By 2030, a modern and progressive UK Metals Industry should be supplying high quality, innovative and competitively priced products to a wide range of customers, locally and internationally.

To achieve this aim, every company in the Metals Industry supply chain, many of which are SMEs, needs to be enabled to engage more closely with its key customers to better meet their individual needs, to increase competitiveness and productivity.  At the same time, the government needs to be encouraged to support domestic suppliers as much as possible.

Metals sector companies are in every part of the UK and can contribute to the levelling-up agenda by providing well paid jobs in the regions.  

Proposed action one: Supply chain integration

The industry should perform a full analysis of each supply chain, examine the potential opportunities and then tailor its capabilities and future investment to each sector’s needs.  The initial focus will include the Automotive, Nuclear Energy, Construction and aerospace sectors.

Proposed action two: Encourage more local content

The industry needs to find new ways to encourage end users, as well as the government and infrastructure providers to make more procurement decisions that support UK suppliers, many of which are SMEs, while celebrating UK Metals success stories.

To help achieve this supply chain aim, commitments sought from policymakers may include:

  • A seat for the UK Metals Industry on the Industry Strategy Council (or its equivalent).
  • Agreement to set targets for the use of UK metals in public projects.
  • Incentiives for local sourcing down supply chains in pulblic procurement, recognising the value of local jobs and skills to the UK.

The sector will enage with the Goernment's industrial strategy and theTransforming Foundation Industries  (TFI) competitions.

News

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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04/03/22 - Steel Decarbonisation Strategies 2022 and UK Metals Council
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