UK Metals Expo opens this week, September 14-15 at the NEC Birmingham


LONDON, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — UK Metals Expo ( is the NEW event that brings together the entire metals supply chain with the manufacturing and engineering sector on the 14th and September 15, 2022 at the NEC of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

“UK Metals Expo has been long overdue, and I am truly delighted that the UK Metals Council is throwing its full weight behind it with the aim of creating an event that will last for decades to come,” said Rachel Eadenewly appointed chairman of the UK Metals Council (UKMC).

Rachel’s appointment comes at an exciting time, with the industry set to host its first-ever UK Metals Expo at the NEC in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Indeed, the exhibition will be the first time that the entire industry is both represented and brought together under one roof, from primary metal manufacturing, supply chain management, metals, manufacturing, surface coatings and recycling with industry experts, leading suppliers, engineers and manufacturers.

The event includes a FREE exhibition and conference offering a comprehensive 2-day program packed with shareholders, products and services, business networking, industry insights, best practices and sustainable solutions and low carbon.

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“The UK metals sector is well placed to achieve this if we can put in place a national industrial strategy that incentivizes and promotes the development of more environmentally sustainable manufacturing,” added Chris McDonaldformer chairman of the UKMC.

Key conference topics include sustainable manufacturing, UK critical minerals strategy, resource and energy efficiency strategies, supply chain risk management, net zero solutions, l circular economy, future skills, innovation and technology.

Throughout the two days, UK Metals Expo will be the largest metals market in the UK.

Raw material supply issues and supply chain disruptions have been of serious concern in recent years across many industry sectors. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to source new suppliers, review inventory and mitigate supply chain risk. Exhibiting companies include Smiths Metals, Goldfreeze, Richard Austin Alloys, Aalco, Sverdrup Steel, Phoenix County Metals, Eural GnuttiBerkeley Stainless Fittings Ltd, Swiss Steel, Northwest Polishing, Voss Metals, Engmal Metals, BM Steel, Wedge Galvanising, Altair, Top Hitachi-tech Analytical Science Ltd and well over 100 others.

A speaker program with four themed stages to address key industry challenges.

The coming years will see the need to address significant challenges such as skills shortages, effective retraining, post-Brexit international trade and increased competitiveness.

The 2-day speaker program held on four open stages will offer over 40 hours of free sessions:

  1. Skills, training and strategy
  2. Circular economy, sustainability and recycling
  3. R&D, Technology & Innovation
  4. Supply chain, trade and politics

UK Metals Expo encourages industry-wide collaboration and partnerships to deliver a carbon-neutral and circular economy here in the UK.

“Metals matter! They are the backbone of UK manufacturing and also play a vital role in the green industrial revolution. Collaboration matters too! We are delighted to see UK manufacturers passionately engaging in the sector metals to drive innovation while forging a sustainable future.Scarcity of raw materials and skills, price inflation, the energy crisis, the Covid recovery and post-Brexit trade have created an imperfect storm.UK Metals Expo couldn’t come at a better time,” said Lord Redesdale, UK Metals Expo conference chairman.

Aluminum, copper, nickel and cobalt, to name a few, are key components for the technologies of tomorrow, electric mobility, solar modules, wind turbines, power grids and battery storage to aerospace, satellites and energy efficient buildings.

“With the huge demand for these and other metals, recycling is going to be a key enabler in the transition to a low-carbon economy. It also offers a lower carbon footprint: recycled copper produces 80% of lower emissions than mining and refining,” said Kunal Sinha, Global Head of Recycling at Glencore.

Glencore, The Royal Mint and European Metal Recycling (EMR) will discuss the technological advances that enable these critical materials to be ‘mined’ here in the UK and how ‘urban mining’ can help transform the UK economy and helping businesses of all kinds meet their carbon reduction goals.

Four targeted sectors:

1. Construction
Durable stainless steel in building and architecture, a round table chaired by Rob Cooper; Managing Director, British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA).

Decarbonize the metal frame moderated by BCSA Sustainability Manager joined by William Hare Associates Technical Director, British Steel Environment and Sustainability Director, GPE Head of Technical Project Delivery and Elliotwood Head of Sustainability.

The Forge: the first net zero retail development in the UK that could transform steel construction with NG Bailey Engineering Manager, Design Lead for the UK Construction Innovation Hub, Tata Steel Senior Architect and Landsec Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions.

2. Energy
Building hydrogen technology supply chains in the UK with Managing Director of Adelan, Managing Director of ANT Industries and Chief Engineer of MTC – Technology.

Business opportunities for the metals sector in offshore wind with Anne Velenturf, University of Leeds Impact Research Fellow in Circular Economy.

Rolls-Royce SMR – driving decarbonization in heavy industry.

Progress in offshore pipeline repairs with Stephen CaterSenior Project Manager at TWI Ltd.

3. Transportation:
UK Automotive Materials Strategy with Ford Motor Company UK Lightweight Innovations Manager, Alan Banks.

Titanium is tricky – things that went wrong when we created the world’s best folding bike with Duncan Clarknew Head of Process Engineering at Brompton Bicycle.

Disruptive transformation in aerospace and defensewith Tim Hop, GKN Aerospace Chief Technologist – Metallics; Harry Malindirector of innovation at the Institute of Aerospace Technology; Michael HolmesCEO of Alloyed and Robert ThompsonPartner at Roland Berger.

4. Packaging
Unilever adopts aluminum to launch its first refillable deodorant with the Vice President of Unilever – R&D Deodorants, Vivek Sirohi.

The Aluminum Beverage Can – A Value Chain Approach to Addressing Today’s Sustainability Challenges with CANPACK Group’s Global Head of Sustainability, Coca Cola Euro-pacific Partners GB’s Head of Climate and Sustainability, Speira’s Head of Sustainability and Environment and moderated by the Head of Sustainability and public affairs of Alupro.

It’s time to repackage the waste hierarchy with Robert Felldirector and CEO of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

Fully approved by the entire metals supply chain.

UK Metals Expo also has the full endorsement and collaboration of the UK Metals Council and its members: Advanced Forming Research Centre, Aluminum Federation, Aluminum Packaging Recycling Organisation, British Constructional Steelwork Association, British Metals Recycling Association, British Stainless Steel Association , Confederation of Metalforming, Cast Metals Federation, Galvanizers Association, Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, UK Steel and The Welding Institute.

The show is also supported by many other industry bodies and government departments such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Made in BritainInnovate UK, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Aerospace Technology Institute, Foodservice Equipment Association, Department for Education, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Environment Agency to name a few.

The dates in your diary

UK Metals Expo takes place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday September 15, 2022
Venue: NEC – National Exhibition Center, birminghamB40 1NT, UK

Opening time:
Day 1 : 9:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Day 2: 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.

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SOURCE UK Metal Show


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