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Welcome to the UK Metals Expo and Industry News page, your go-to source for the latest updates and developments in the metals industry. We provide updates on our exhibitors and their latest product releases, innovations, industry news and regulatory changes. We also cover updates on our conference programme, which provides a platform for industry leaders to share their expertise and insights with peers. Our conference programme covers a range of topics including sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation, with sessions led by expert speakers from across the entire metals supply chain.

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135 years of Böllinghaus Steel: An impressive combination of tradition, innovation and sustainable success

As a manufacturer of stainless steel profiles, the company has always been characterised by progress, quality and a deep understanding of the individual requirements of its customers.

Sheffield Forgemasters appoint VINCI Building as delivery partner for the UK’s largest open-die forging construction.

The contract, valued at £138 million, will support construction of a 13,800 sqm building to house the open-die forging facility at the site in Sheffield,

We’ve Reached 8,000+ Linkedin Followers!

UK Metals Expo has reached an outstanding milestone of 8000+ followers on LinkedIn.

British Steel to build electric arc furnace at Teeside plant

British Steel has been granted planning permission to build an Electric Arc Furnace at its Teesside plant – a key milestone in its £1.25bn decarbonisation plan.

Broder Metals Group Showcases Commitment to Quality and Innovation in Recent SKY Feature

We are thrilled to have been featured on SKY and to share our story with a wider audience.

Coalition for Wind Industry Circularity to build the capabilities to refurbish wind turbine parts in the UK

Tens of billions of pounds could be generated for the UK economy from the re-use, refurbishment and re-engineering of broken wind turbine parts.

Trade Remedies Authority Recommends Extension of Steel Safeguard Measures Until 2026

The UK’s Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) has proposed to extend steel safeguard measures on 15 products for another two years

The UK Scrap Steel Market: A Call for Policy Intervention

In the realm of steel production, scrap steel stands as a vital resource, offering both economic and environmental benefits.

UK university training centre aims to use AI to boost the UK metals industry

A new training centre at the University of Leicester aims to use the skills in data and AI to boost the UK metals industry.

UK Government Ditches Key Reforms to Deliver Low Electricity Prices for Steel Industry

The Government has today formally abandoned the Green Power Pools policy proposal in its Review of Electricity Market Arrangements.

UK Sets Global Standard with UN-Backed Circular Economy Research Center

Recognising world-class British academic expertise and cutting-edge scientific research, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will support the establishment of the centre in the UK.

The UK Steel Industry: A Comprehensive Overview

A comprehensive overview of the UK Steel Industry including statistical data and a summary of current opportunities, challenges and government policies.

British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) Appoints Jonathan Clemens as New CEO

BCSA has appointed well-known steel industry senior manager Jonathan Clemens as its new chief executive officer.

Pioneering the use of Materials Passports at Edenica

A steel-framed office development in the City of London is pioneering a new concept known as ‘materials passports’

5 Exciting Innovations in Welding

From the early days of forge welding to today’s sophisticated methods, each innovation in welding has silently revolutionised the industry, prioritising practicality and efficiency.

Metals: The Cornerstone for Driving Sustainable Construction

Learn why metals, particularly steel, are not just relevant but essential in driving the sustainable construction era.

Industrial strategy has potential to add £150bn to economy

The head of Britain’s manufacturing body will today call for all political parties to commit to an industrial strategy with an explicit target for industry to account for 15% of UK GDP

7 Trends and Technologies Shaping the Future of Metal Fabrication

In recent years, the metal fabrication industry has witnessed the emergence of several trends and technologies that are reshaping its landscape.

When it comes to sustainable metals, we need both eyes open

A live, thought-provoking panel discussion from the UK Metals Expo 2023, delving into the crucial significance of embracing sustainable practices within the materials industry.

Collaboration is key (Live from the UK Metals Expo)

Two days before Tata Steel announced a proposal to decarbonise its UK operations with support form the UK Government, SteelCast visited the UK Metals Expo.

A new beginning for the steel industry

Two weeks after Tata Steel announced its proposal to restructure the UK business, enabling it to transition to scrap-based ‘green’ steelmaking, SteelCast host Tim Rutter speaks to Global CEO and MD of Tata Steel, TV Narendran.

Bristol Port’s Backbone: Barrett Steel Delivers with 600 Tonnes of Structural Mastery

Barrett Steel is thrilled to share images from a recent project where they supplied a substantial 600 tonnes of structural sections for a crucial element at Bristol Port.

Black Country Foundry Alucast Targets Expansion After £2M Investment Drive

A £2m investment drive is helping one of the UK’s leading aluminium foundries pass the £10m sales mark as it looks to make the most of new opportunities.

Tata Steel unveils strategic shift from blast furnaces to green steelmaking in the UK and initiates statutory consultation

Tata Steel today announced it will commence statutory consultation as part of its plan to transform and restructure its UK business.

Scrap Metal Sparkles in UK Green Steel Revolution

The UK’s steel industry is embracing a green transformation, with scrap metal emerging as a key player in the shift towards eco-friendly steel production.

UK Metals Expo Surpasses 7000 Followers on LinkedIn!

We’re thrilled to announce that UK Metals Expo has hit a significant milestone on LinkedIn — 7000 Followers and counting! 🚀🔗

Introducing New & Improved Flap Discs!

Helping to increase stock removal rates, the NEW 2in1 Tyrolit Flap Discs provide the perfect combination of efficiency and durability.

Alfa Laval is partnering with Outokumpu to cut carbon emissions

The agreement with Outokumpu, one of Alfa Laval’s main stainless-steel suppliers, will enable a shift from regular stainless steel to steel with half the original carbon footprint.

UK Metals Expo 2023: Unprecedented Growth and Unanimous Resounding Success

The 2023 UK Metals Expo concluded with resounding success, earning acclaim from professionals spanning diverse sectors of the metals, engineering, and manufacturing industry.

Nissan’s £2 Billion Investment to Build Electric Cars in Sunderland

Nissan, in collaboration with its partners, has unveiled a bold £2 billion plan to manufacture three electric car models at its Sunderland factory, marking a significant stride towards electric vehicle (EV) production.

Materials Processing Institute appoints interim CEO

The Materials Processing Institute has appointed Jonathon Stormon from Hexagon Consultants as its interim CEO following Chris McDonald’s decision to stand down from the role he has held for almost a decade.

British Steel today unveils £1.25 billion proposal to decarbonise its operations

British Steel today unveiled ambitious plans for the biggest transformation in its history – a £1.25-billion proposal to become a clean, green and sustainable business by adopting electric arc furnace steelmaking.

Tata Steel’s Gareth Brookes spoke to industry and academic leaders at UK Metals Expo 2023

Two days before Tata Steel announced a proposal to decarbonise its UK operations with support form the UK Government, SteelCast visited the UK Metals Expo.

UK steel imports resemble ‘a python swallowing a goat’

UK steel market participants have been urged to have their say on an import quota system that triggers a scenario similar to “a python swallowing a goat” on a quarterly basis.

UK Metals Expo 2023 Round Up Video

It was a fantastic event with brilliant speakers and very well organised! We look forward to returning next year.

Myth, Revolution or Solution?

Whilst it’s understandable that consumable cost is often a target for cost reduction, endeavouring to reduce consumable spend, in a world clamouring for best practice are we ignoring the obvious, does the result justify the effort?

State of the UK Metals Industry Report Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Growth

A comprehensive report released today provides a valuable snapshot of the UK metals industry

Best of British Casting

We can help with our free casting sourcing service, helping you to find the Best of British casting suppliers

Industry 4.0 Solutions for Digitising Processes and Optimising Metal Production

We develop our own high-performance BIM applications to ensure our clients are always leveraging the power of technology in the best way.

SteelBuy hits £1m sales milestone as metals sector embraces new trading innovation

One of the biggest innovations to boost the metals industry in more than 50 years has reported a promising first nine months.

UK Metals Council’s State of the Metals Industry in the UK Report to be officially released at UK Metals Expo

Metals Sector Remains Optimistic Despite International Trade, Energy, and Labour Challenges, Warns New Report to be officially released at UK Metals Expo

Next generation of talent joins Tata Steel

This week, over 200 apprentices, graduates and interns are taking their first steps into one of the UK’s most exciting industries, as they join 8000 other colleagues in Tata Steel UK.

UK Metals Expo 2023: Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Make sure to save the date! The UK Metals Expo 2023 is set to be the must-attend event for anyone involved in the metals industry, taking place on September 13th and 14th at the NEC in Birmingham

Your Complete Specialist Partner of Stainless Steel & Exotic Metal Finishing

Based in Manchester, Unique Polishing is a family run business based with over 30 years’ experience delivering high quality metal finishing solutions.

Turkey’s Premier Wire Drawing Company, Günes Wire, Makes Landmark Debut in the UK Market at the Highly Anticipated UK Metals Expo

We are pleased to announce that Turkey’s leading wire drawing company exhibits itself for the first time in the UK market at UK Metals Expo.

Construction Day on 14th September

The new hub to connect with professionals from the Metals industry who share a common passion for innovation and progress.

The Innovation Zone

UK Metals Expo is delighted to have forged a partnership with Innovate UK which has led to the creation of an Innovation Zone within the show.

Meet the Aluminium Industry

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.

Watch Out For Tyrolit’s Technical Team

Over the 2 days, businesses can interact with Tyrolit’s industry leading experts on Surface Conditioning, Grinding & Abrasive requirements, discuss issues and opportunities

Code A Weld join UK Metals Expo 2023!

We receive numerous invitations and investigate many opportunities to visit expo’s and shows around the UK, when we were invited to the UK Metals Expo, we didn’t hesitate in saying yes!

Industry groups urge LME to resist calls to ban Russian aluminium

Five European industry associations asked the London Metal Exchange (LME) to ignore calls to ban Russian aluminium from its system,

Hydrogen sparks change for the future of green steel production

Steel might exist as a crucial product in modern societies, but it’s also a major source of CO2 emissions. So what kind of a role could green steel play in the path towards net zero?

£35 million project takes shape with Middlesbrough Station steel installed

Teams are hard at work on the next phase of the vital scheme which will breathe new life into the station undercroft, create new walkways and spaces for businesses, and boost capacity for more rail services.

Is light gauge steel framing the most advanced material in offsite technology?

PBC Today explores whether light gauge steel framing is truly the most technically advanced material in the offsite technology portfolio

Severfield strikes deal for steel construction group

Structural steel group Severfield has entered into an agreement to acquire an innovative European steel construction business for €24m.

First steel frame erected for new facility to protect and preserve Army vehicles

A steel frame measuring more than twice the size of Wembley football pitch is nearing completion at a new facility to support the British Army’s vehicle and equipment fleet.

Smiths “Supply Chain Syndrome” Promo Video!

Make sure you join us at the UK Metals Expo at our speaker sessions where Andy Hayhurst will be talking to you about “Supply Chain Syndrome”.

Smiths “Supply Chain Syndrome” Speaker Session Preparations

Catch us at stand G30, and make sure to join us for our speaker sessions on each day titled “Supply Chain Syndrome” which will be lead by our very own Andy Hayhurst.

Polished Stainless Steel in The Rail Sector

Professional Polishing Services applied to DIGl-RAIL after working with the University of Birmingham on two other projects in the previous year.

Wales can be at the heart of a new industrial revolution

New CEO of Net Zero Industry Wales, Ben Burggraaf, returns to his former workplace, Tata Steel’s integrated steelworks at Port Talbot, to talk about the huge opportunities that he believes exist for industries and society in Wales on the journey to net zero carbon.

Copper specialist Metelec takes 25-year lease at Wolverhampton warehouse development

This is an exciting time in Metelec’s development. The new state-of-the-art distribution centre and headquarters reflect their commitment to solid, sustainable growth.

Diageo provides funding to establish the British Aluminium Consortium for Advanced Alloy

Beverage manufacturer, Diageo, has announced that it has provided funding to establish the British Aluminium Consortium for Advanced Alloys (BACALL), a collective of industry experts who will create a circular economy for aluminium in the UK.

Why choose EDC Protection for high heat protection?

The most innovative and reliable thermal protection on the French market, incorporating cutting-edge technologies tested and approved in our laboratory.

Atwell Labellers have new Owners

Dura-ID Solutions have acquired Atwell Labellers

Broder Metals Group granted Fit For Nuclear status by the Nuclear AMRC

Broder Metals Group is delighted to announce that we were recently granted Fit4Nuclear status by the Nuclear AMRC.

New design guide launched to showcase the possibilities and green footprint of Cast Irons

Engineering designers are being urged to take advantage of a new guide that highlights the vast potential and environmental sustainability of the ‘original composite material’.

Expanding Our Abrasives Portfolio!

2023 marks another exciting year for Tyrolit as they announce the acquisition of EGELI EGESAN Abrasives!

Langley Alloys Holdings Ltd ACQUIRES Copeland and Craddock Ltd.

Langley Alloys Holdings of Newcastle under Lyme, a specialist Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloy bar supplier and long-time customer of Copeland and Craddock, is pleased to announce its purchase of the business from the Copeland family.

The UK steel industry is at a crux

Assets are ageing but the operating environment in the UK is not conducive to large-scale investment, and without this it is likely that large portions of UK production capacity will cease to operate within a decade.

New UK Regulations to Boost Use of British-Made Steel in Public Projects

The updated regulations require reporting on the origin of steel used in public projects to raise awareness of British-made, ‘melted and poured’ steel.

Brunel joins Constellium-led consortium working on £10m CirConAl project

A collaborative partnership between Brunel University London and Constellium to develop low-carbon aluminium extruded alloys for structural electric vehicle applications.

Steel can be a decarbonisation provider

In this latest SteelCast mini-series about decarbonisation, Tata Steel’s host, Tim Rutter, talks to a variety of industry experts at the first-ever UK Metals Expo.

What can the new UK Government do for Steel?

UK Steel’s Director, Gareth Stace, shares his thoughts on the new UK government and the importance of industry events such as the UK Metals Expo.

Novel adaptation for existing blast furnaces could reduce steelmaking emissions by 90%

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have designed a novel adaptation for existing iron and steel furnaces that could reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the steelmaking industry by nearly 90%.

Net Zero Steel – A Vision for the Future of UK Steel Production

To create a Net-Zero steel sector in the UK and meet Government targets, a new report from UK Steel calls for a renewed focus on establishing a positive policy environment for steelmaking.

ALFED releases Net Zero Report

The UK Aluminium Federation (ALFED) Net Zero Report supports the need for decarbonisation, sustainable sourcing, and transition to a circular economy.

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).

Nikal Steels to showcase at UK Metals Expo 2022

Nikal Steels Limited is set to highlight a snapshot of its extensive product range at the NEC’s UK Metals Expo

Transforming the UK Aluminium Industry Supply Chain

There is a huge opportunity to develop a local recycling-based UK based supply chain consistent with a Circular Economy and a Net Zero state

The sustainability of galvanized steel

Galvanized steel is an important part of everyday life. But how does its prevalence today affect the environment of the future? And what role does it play in the circular economy?

Hitachi High-Tech metals analyzers for manufacturing and fabrication

Today’s metals analyzers make it easy to implement quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) programs.

New To The Market!

Tyrolit are delighted to announce that we are now the exclusive industrial distributor of SUNBURST Radial Bristle Brushes in Europe.

Galvanizing: The Sustainable Choice

Galvanizing is the finish of choice for many industries across the globe including construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Critical Minerals Strategy: UK Government unveils vision for boosting supply of transition minerals

As technology evolves faster than ever, we become more and more reliant on a new cohort of minerals. We are moving to a world powered by critical minerals.

Study finds recycling metal packaging reduces GHG linked to production by up to 60%

Made from permanent materials, metal packaging is a perfect fit for a Circular Economy.

Made in Britain brings together metals sector innovators for panel debate at UK Metals Expo on 14th September at Birmingham NEC

Made in Britain is organising and hosting a panel debate at this year’s UK Metals Expo, which is being held at Birmingham’s NEC on 14th September 2022.

Low carbon cans

Budweiser Brewing Group, the UK arm of AB InBev, together with Rusal, the Metals segment of En+ Group, Canpack and Elval have announced the launch of a pilot to produce a can with the lowest ever carbon footprint for an AB InBev beer can produced in Europe.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to fund anisotropy characterisation

The Plastometrex CTO, Dr Jimmy Campbell, has been recognised as one of the most promising research and innovation leaders in the country with the award of a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

AVA Bridge: a revolutionary new footbridge

An adaptable, low-carbon, pre-manufactured footbridge system that can be rolled out anywhere, from Liverpool to Los Angeles.

The Importance of Lightweight Materials in Automotive

Lightweight Innovations in the Automotive Industry with Alan Banks, UK Lightweight Innovations Manager at Ford Motor Company

Titanium is tricky – things that went wrong when we made the world’s best folding bike

Working with Titanium takes a high level of knowledge, experience and diligence

British Steel launches feasibility study into the use of green hydrogen

British Steel is conducting a major study into the use of green hydrogen in the company’s drive to decarbonise its operations and manufacture net-zero steel.

A World Without Waste: The Rise of Urban Mining

Urban mining can help transform the UK economy and support businesses of all kinds to meet their carbon reduction targets, explains Roger Morton, Managing Director for Technology and Innovation at EMR Metal Recycling.

A glimpse into UK Metals Expo 2022, the new event for the entire Metals Supply chain

The event includes a free to attend exhibition and conference providing a 2-day comprehensive programme packed with products and services, business networking, industry insights, design inspirations, best-practices and innovative solutions.

The Future of Commodities is Circular according to Glencore

In an interview with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA), Kunal Sinha, Head of Recycling for Copper, Cobalt and Electronics at Glencore, explains how this little-known aspect of its work is helping drive a more circular economy.

Alupro sets out ‘key asks’ in aluminium manifesto

Alupro has unveiled its Aluminium Manifesto, which sets out seven ‘key asks’ to achieve ‘true resource circularity’ and harness legislative opportunities.

Changing the face of construction at The Forge

An innovative method is being used at the Forge project in London that could transform the construction industry into a leaner and greener sector.

Racing Toward a Digital Future in Metals and Mining

A 2021 research from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has revealed that digital investments made by metals and mining companies fall far short of their potential

The transition to net zero is threatened by the vulnerability of the supply chains for critical materials

sustainable production, resource efficiency, effective product stewardship and a supportive regulatory framework for critical minerals will be necessary to realise the full benefits of a decarbonised green economy.

OGUK Decommissioning Insight 2021

OGUK’s Decommissioning Insight 2021 is marking the end of a year in which we saw some recovery after the challenges of the global pandemic and commodity price collapse in 2020.

Galvanized Steel and Sustainable Construction: Solutions for a Circular Economy

This guide sets out a vision for galvanized steel based upon circular thinking.

Engagement is key to improve recycling rates

Alupro’s general manager explores the results of WRAP’s latest recycling tracker survey and explains why consumer engagement is key to kick-starting stagnating recycling rates.

New sector voice for manufacturing apprenticeships launched

The Minister for Skills announced the launch of a new partnership between industry and Government to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.

Swedish EV maker Polestar to open research base in the Midlands

Polestar announced today it will open a new research facility in the Midlands, creating employment opportunities for more than 800 people.

Trade and Decarbonisation

It was interesting to see the USA highlight decarbonisation when removing steel tariffs with the EU. I believe that increasingly we will see a strong link between climate commitments and trade.

Understanding why Elon Musk selected steel

When it comes to materials applications, Elon Musk rely on better and more advanced steel to be successful.

Decarbonisation: an opportunity and a challenge for UK steel – Insights from Chris McDonald

Decarbonisation is both a challenge and an opportunity; while responsible for nine per cent of UK carbon emissions, steel is also fundamental to every major technology necessary to deliver net-zero.

UK structural steelwork: 2050 decarbonisation roadmap

The roadmap sets out how the UK structural steelwork sector will decarbonise to meet the UK net-zero carbon target by 2050.

Nissan invests £52m into closed-loop aluminium production at Sunderland facility

Closed-loop recycling contributes to Nissan goal of carbon neutrality by 2050

Aluminium as an ‘infinitely’ recyclable plastic alternative

Brands that target sustainability-minded consumers are landing on aluminium as an ‘infinitely’ recyclable plastic alternative.

Securing Technology – Critical Metals for Britain

The report identifies several key approaches to the critical metals challenge

UK Metals Council welcomes focus on the Foundation Industries in new funding competitions

The UK Metals Council (UKMC) welcomes the focus on metals, as part of the foundation industries, that is being enabled through the Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge, which will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub to be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI.

UK Metals Council Highlights Industry Priorities To Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi

Members of the UK Metals Council (UKMC) have met business minister Nadhim Zahawi to highlight key industry priorities,

Materials Processing Institute at the forefront of £10m digitisation project

The Materials Processing Institute is to play a leading role in a £10m digitisation project that has the potential to transform UK industry.

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