UK Metals Expo 2024: Pioneering Sustainability and Net Zero in the Metals Industry

UK Metals Expo is the leading event that brings together the entire metals supply chain with the manufacturing and engineering community from 11 and 12 September 2024 at the NEC Birmingham.

This free-to-attend exhibition and conference will showcase a wide range of innovative products, services, and interactive sessions led by experts from companies like United Autosports, Celtic Freeport, ADS Group, Frog Bikes, Volvo Cars, William Hare, GS1 UK, Tata Steel, Marcegaglia, Make UK, Outokumpu, Norsk Hydro, CELSA Steel UK, LIBERTY Steel Group, EMR Group, and MTC.

The show is the premier marketplace for both domestic and international exhibitors in the industry with over 300 leading companies participating, providing immersive live demonstrations, product launches and interactive displays.

The conference programme includes 50 sessions and over 100 leading practitioners across four stages, offering valuable insights into the current state of the metal industry and emerging technologies and strategies.

“It is the most important event yet and completely free to attend,” emphasised Lord Rupert Redesdale, Chair of UK Metals Expo. “As we convene at UK Metals Expo, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment for our country and the steel industry. With a new government comes new hopes, new directions, and new opportunities. The recent announcement by Tata Steel and British Steel regarding the UK’s shift from blast to electric arc furnaces is integral to this transformation.”

He continued, “Accelerating our efforts towards decarbonization and achieving net-zero emissions is not merely a goal but an imperative. This transition highlights the urgent need for a robust industrial strategy that will shape the future of the UK metals supply chain and profoundly impact the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Together, we are engaging in dialogues that will define this future.”

Day 1 of the expo, on 11th September, will begin with a keynote by Tata Steel UK’s CEO, who will share the vision of Tata Steel’s sustainable steelmaking future in the UK. Following this, a panel discussion on sustainable practices in the automotive, aerospace, and wind sectors will feature experts from NMIS, Boeing, and Renewable Parts Ltd, discussing innovative approaches to extend product lifecycles and enhance resource efficiency.

Other sessions on Day 1 include: ‘Culture + Robots = Winning Combination’, ‘Decarbonisation of the UK Metals Industry’, and ‘Scrap Shake-Up: The New Era of Scrap and Raw Materials in the UK Supply Chain’.

Day 2, on 12th September, will focus on decarbonisation with a panel on “How to Extract the Highest Social Value from Decarbonisation of Steel?” featuring insights from Net Zero Industry Wales, University of Leeds, Swansea University, Celtic Freeport, and Tata Steel Europe.

In parallel, the “Advancing Structural Steelwork Reuse” session will highlight sustainability in construction. Speakers from the University of Sheffield, BCSA, William Hare Ltd, Cleveland Steel & Tubes Ltd, and Deconstruct will discuss technical advancements and procurement strategies facilitating steel reuse.

Another significant session, “Aluminium Manufacturing with Recycled Scrap”, will cover sustainable aluminium production. Experts from EMR Group, Brunel University, Innoval Technology, Frog Bikes, and Volvo Cars will highlight innovations in post-consumer scrap recycling.

Later in the day, the “Meet the Funder + Networking” session will offer a platform for industry stakeholders to connect with potential investors. Panellists will include representatives from Innovate UK, NMIS, Scottish Enterprise, NatWest Group, Advanced Propulsion Centre, and ZINC, focusing on securing funding for transformative projects in the metals sector.

For the full conference agenda, exhibitor list, floor plan, and to receive your free badge, please visit the website below.

UK Metals Expo