Fri, 16 October, 2020
TWI is a member of the UK Metals Council (UKMC), which recently held a meeting with business minister Nadhim Zahawi to discuss industry priorities related to decarbonisation, energy, the supply chain, and procurement.
The UKMC, which represents over 11,000 companies, detailed a strategic approach to make sure the maximum value is gained from UK manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure supply chains. The need to develop new materials alongside more efficient production processes was highlighted by the council in order to support the growing circular economy and reduce the country’s carbon footprint. The UKMC also urged the minister to invest in long-term skills and innovation so that the UK metals industry can deliver high-quality, innovative, and competitively priced products, as well as being a principal supplier to the manufacturers and infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad by 2030.
Speaking on the meeting, Nadhim Zahawi MP said, “The UK government has set out an ambitious target for net-zero emissions by 2050, just this week announcing bold plans to increase our offshore wind capacity as part of a green industrial revolution. It’s vital that we all take part in this revolution to tackle climate change,” adding, “I’m pleased to see that the metals industry is keen to step up to the challenge by developing cleaner processes that will help us meet our world-leading climate goals.”
Chris McDonald, the UKMC Chair and CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, said, “The Government clearly recognises the importance of our metals manufacturing supply chain and we look forward to continuing to work together, supporting high quality manufacturing and jobs across the country.”
The UKMC is comprised of senior figures from the metals industry representing the full spectrum of the supply chain, from primary manufacturing to recycling. It was established to promote the industry and its strategic importance to the manufacturing sector.