Free to Attend Conference Programme

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Strategy | Best practice | Challenges & Opportunities

Delve into the top issues facing the metals industry, from strategic considerations to sustainable practices, with a focus on the fast-growing sectors of construction, hydrogen, electric vehicles (EV), wind energy, and solar energy. In this dynamic and engaging theatre, we will bring together industry leaders, innovators, and experts who are reshaping the landscape of the UK metals industry. Our goal is to explore the challenges and opportunities that lie within the supply chain, examining strategies that drive growth and efficiency, while emphasising sustainability as a fundamental pillar for future success.

Speakers include:

Ben Burggraaf, Chief Executive Officer of Net Zero Industry Wales
Net Zero Industry Wales
Paul Jones, Innovation & Technology Director Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University
Innovation & Technology Director
Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University
Paul Mullins, Director at Kallanish
Director | UK
Tom Jones, CEO at ALFED, The Aluminium Federation
The Aluminium Federation (ALFED)

Strategies | Resources | Recycling | Net Zero | Founding

Transformation of the metals industries from the current largely linear economy to a circular economy will play a critical role in delivering the government’s industrial strategy for clean growth, doubling of resource productivity and reaching net zero carbon emissions in 2050. At the same time, steel production is estimated to account for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. Recognised as a key “hard to abate” industry, the world is looking to the global metals value chain for rapid and innovative leadership in the transformation to a decarbonised industry.  The theatre will define Net Zero challenges, discuss the decisions that need to be made across the sector, examine available solutions that currently exist, and the policy and finance support required to make them possible.

Speakers include:

Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Director of Standards
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Stefan Erdmann, Chief Technology Officer at outokumpu
Chief Technology Officer
William Smith, Director at the Galvanizers Association
Galvanizers Association
Matthew Watkins, Principal Analyst at CRU
Principal Analyst - Carbon Steel

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Engineering | Manufacturing | Process | Productivity | Case Studies

The world of metals is fast evolving. This theatre is your opportunity to keep up with latest metals development for advanced manufacturing, access funding, boost competitiveness, and discover new industrial market applications and opportunities across various sectors from leading manufacturers and key stakeholders. Innovations in materials science and engineering offer enormous potential to boost next-generation manufacturing in the UK. There is a direct correlation between excellence in innovation and superior revenue growth. While there is no single roadmap for success in innovation, there are lessons that can be borrowed, tailored and made to work for any business.

Speakers include:

Christian Mabey, Managing Director Optima Products Ltd
Managing Director
Optima Products
Janet Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick.
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
Loughborough University
Ulrich Schridde, Marketing & Sales Director at ALVANCE British Aluminium
Marketing & Sales Director
ALVANCE British Aluminium
David Lunn, General Manager at W.H.Tildesley Ltd
General Manager
W.H.Tildesley Ltd

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Integration | Local Sourcing | Traceability | Policy | Logistics

Economic and geopolitical shocks have raised concern over supply chain resilience whilst environmental problems highlight the need for sustainable supply chains. This theatre is your unique opportunity to learn about a range of common challenges, opportunities, visions and strategies, from companies and sectors restructuring their metals/materials supply chains to meet their net zero targets and achieve greater resilience.

Speakers include:

Mick Venola, Managing Director at Ventola Projects Ltd
Managing Director
Ventola Projects Ltd
Chris Wooffindin, Head of Strategic Marketing at Tata Steel UK in combination with Executive officer for TSUK CCO
Head of Strategic Marketing
Tata Steel UK
Paul Murphy, International Business Development Manager at Brown McFarlane
International Business Development Manager
Brown McFarlane
Rachel Eade, Chair of Uk Metals Council (UKMC)
UK Metals Council (UKMC)

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