Meet the Aluminium Industry

Meet the Aluminium Industry

ALFED, the Aluminium Federation, is set to attend this year’s UK Metals Expo at the NEC, Birmingham. Taking place between 13-14 September, the team will be located at Stand E26, creating an Aluminium show throughout the two-day event.

Throughout the two days, ALFED will take part in four panel discussions covering a variety of topics, including industrial strategy, the power of aluminium and innovation.

On day one of the event (13 September):

The team will host a member networking session, ‘Meet the Aluminium Industry’ in the ‘Innovation & Technology Theatre’ on 13 September (4pm). 

In the morning, Tom Jones, ALFED’s CEO, will join a panel on ‘Why a UK industrial strategy matters and how we get there’, discussing the existing strategy and the needs and challenges faced by the metals industry.

Why a UK industrial strategy matters and how we get there

Theatre :  Made in the UK
10:20  –  11:10

Join us for an engaging discussion on the importance of a robust industrial strategy for the UK and the steps needed to successfully implement it. Our distinguished panel of industry experts will share insights into the key factors that make an industrial strategy essential for economic growth, innovation, and long-term sustainability. Panellists will explore the benefits of a well-defined industrial…

Christopher Greenough, Chief Commercial Officer at SDE TechnologyChristopher GreenoughChief Commercial Officer
SDE Technology
Gareth Stace, Director General of UK SteelGareth StaceDirector General
UK Steel
man-portrait-silhouetteNeil HodgsonDeputy Director Energy Intensive Industries
Department for Business & Trade
Paul Byard, Managing Director at FSG Tool and Die LtdPaul ByardManaging Director
FSG Tool and Die Ltd
Paul Mullins, Director at KallanishPaul MullinsDirector | UK
Tom Jones, CEO at ALFED, The Aluminium FederationTom JonesCEO
The Aluminium Federation (ALFED)

In the Afternoon, the team will also moderate an panel discussion:

Exploring Cutting-Edge Innovations in Aluminium Applications

15:00  –  15:50

Delve into the innovative and transformative uses of aluminium across various industries showcasing real-world case studies that highlight how aluminium is utilised to create lightweight durable and sustainable solutions. The session will cover examples from both primary and secondary aluminium production.


Andrew Tarrant, Director Applications Engineering at Materion CorporationAndrew TarrantDirector Applications Engineering
Materion Corporation
Andy Doran, Senior Manager, Sustainability & Recycling Development, Novelis EuropeAndy DoranSenior Manager, Sustainability & Recycling Development
Novelis Europe
Dave Goddard, Sales Manager at SpeiraDave GoddardSales Manager
Jan Lukaszewski Technical Manager at ALFEDJan LukaszewskiTechnical Manager
The Aluminium Federation ALFED
Prakash Srirangam, Associate Professor at University of Warwick - WMGPrakash SrirangamAssociate Professor
University of Warwick – WMG
Ulrich Schridde, Marketing & Sales Director at ALVANCE British AluminiumUlrich SchriddeMarketing & Sales Director
ALVANCE British Aluminium

Day two (14 September) will see ALFED moderate two further panels, including:

Unlocking the Economic Viability of Recycled Aluminium in Manufacturing

13:30  –  14:20

Explore valuable insights and perspectives on the ongoing race between reusing and recycling and discover the key factors that can unlock the economic viability of recycled aluminium in manufacturing. Areas to be explored Benefits/potential of aluminium as a recycled material Consumer awareness around the re-use and recycling of aluminium – what this means for SME’s and the aluminium supply chain…

Christopher Pilgrim, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials at Innovate UK KTNChristopher PilgrimKnowledge Transfer Manager – Materials
Innovate UK KTN
Gerald Keen, Director at BACALLGerald KeenDirector
Nadine Bloxsome, Membership & Sustainability Manager, ALFED & Editor of Aluminium International Today magazineNadine BloxsomeMembership & Sustainability​ Manager / Editor of Aluminium International Today magazine
The Aluminium Federation (ALFED)
Rachel Wiffen, Senior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager at Innovate technologyRachel WiffenSenior Engineer, Quality Systems Manager
Innoval Technology
Tom Giddings, Executive Director at Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation Ltd (Alupro)Tom GiddingsExecutive Director
Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation Ltd (Alupro)

Advances in Aluminium Metal Forming: Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

14:00  –  14:50

Delve into the latest advancements in aluminium metal forming techniques and technologies and the practical implementation of these techniques across various sectors.


Adrian Tautscher, Principal Technical Specialist – Sustainability & Circular Economy at Impression Technologies LtdAdrian TautscherPrincipal Technical Specialist – Sustainability & Circular Economy
Impression Technologies Ltd
Colin Bennett, Extrusion Sales Manager at Smart Aluminium ExtrusionColin BennettExtrusion Sales Manager
Smart Aluminium Extrusion
Dave Weatherall, Business Development & Fabrication Sales Manager at Norsk HydroDave WeatherallBusiness Development & Fabrication Sales Manager
Norsk Hydro
David Lunn, General Manager at W.H.Tildesley LtdDavid LunnGeneral Manager
W.H.Tildesley Ltd
Jan Lukaszewski Technical Manager at ALFEDJan LukaszewskiTechnical Manager
The Aluminium Federation ALFED

Tom Jones, CEO at ALFED, commented:

The UK Metals Expo provides a unique platform to engage with key figures from across the entire metal supply chain with the engineering and manufacturing sector. We’re looking forward to stimulating debate between some of the sector’s most prominent figures about the future of the metal industry and aluminium value chain.


We’ll also be unveiling some exciting projects to support the industry during the course of the event, but we’re not giving anything away just yet, so keep your eyes peeled!”

All the sessions are free to attend and open for you to drop in as you please!

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