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Sneak Peek into UK Metals Expo


The Must-Attend Event for Metal Manufacturers and Engineers this September at the NEC

UK Metals Expo ( is just around the corner. It’s the leading event that brings the entire metals supply chain together with the manufacturing and engineering community on the 11th and 12th of September 2024 at the NEC Birmingham.

A Global Marketplace for the entire metals community

Since its launch in 2022, UK Metals Expo has tripled in size. Imagine an ever-growing community of fabricators, stockists, researchers, production experts, procurement specialists, government representatives, engineers, business owners, manufacturers, and technical and operational professionals all under one roof. They come together to collaborate, learn, and conduct business in the most wonderfully relaxed environment.

Get ready to forge connections and discover groundbreaking technologies and an unprecedented range of metal products, services and machinery from a global network of companies. 

This year’s expo is massive! With over 300 exhibitors and a staggering 180% increase in international exhibitors from 2023, UK Metals Expo 2024 turns the show floor into a truly global marketplace. Whilst most exhibitors are UK based, you’ll see established players from Germany, Turkey, and China alongside a diverse range of companies from India, Italy, the US, and Canada. This year, we’re even welcoming companies from Taiwan, Vietnam, and Ukraine. 

This global reach fosters a unique opportunity to network with a wider range of experts, explore diverse technologies, gain insights into emerging trends, and increase the resilience of your supply chain from around the world.

Escape the endless online searches and frustrating phone calls. At UK Metals Expo, you will find advice, technical expertise, and commercial offers to address your project challenges and provide tailored solutions. Meet face-to-face with hundreds of leading suppliers, including Tata Steel, British Steel, ArcelorMittal, Smiths, Van Leeuwen, Acerinox, AMEG (Amari Metals Group), Marcegaglia, Outokumpu, Swiss Steel, Jacquet Metal, Kocaer, Kasto, Voss, and Voestalpine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Check our website for the full list.

It’s an exciting time for innovation and transformation in the metals sector!

The UK is not only the birthplace of the industrial revolution, it’s also where the next chapter of the industry is being written. The speaker programme will be the most expansive to date addressing the most important developments.

UK Metals Expo

Spaced around the exhibition floor, the show will feature a seminar programme across 4 theatres with over 100 practitioners. Innovation, technology, supply management, circularity, and sustainability take centre stage, with a focus on topics including the UK’s transition from blast furnaces to Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs) to decarbonise the industry and achieve Net Zero emissions.

These seminars offer valuable insights into the future direction of the industry, unveiling innovations currently in use, highlighting rapid changes, and revealing fresh business opportunities. It’s an exciting time for innovation and transformation in the metals sector, with significant implications for the UK’s supply chain.

A glimpse into the Speaker programme

Day 1 kicks off with an Opening Keynote, followed by thought-provoking panel discussions and engaging sessions. The event will cover a range of topics, such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), digital legislation, critical minerals sourcing, forecasting raw materials prices, automation, re-manufacture, re-use, and recycling best practices.

On Day 1 and Day 2, industry leaders from Tata Steel, Liberty Steel, British Steel, and Celsa will discuss the UK’s transition from blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces, explain the road map, dispel myths, and share experiences from those who transitioned decades ago.

Day 2, on 12th September, will continue the momentum with a focus on “Aluminium Manufacturing from Scrap.” Far from being wishful thinking, the revolution is truly on its way. BCAST, Volvo Cars, and Frog Bikes will delve into the latest research findings, current commercial applications, and the scalability challenges ahead, providing captivating insights.

One of the highlights of Day 2 is the “Meet the Funders” networking session, providing an excellent opportunity for companies and projects seeking investment to engage directly with funders eager to support impactful ventures. With representatives from key institutions such as Innovate UK, NatWest, ATI, Zinc VC, APC, and Scottish Enterprise, attendees will gain invaluable insights into what funders are seeking and learn how to effectively present their value proposition. The panel discussion will be followed by an hour of networking, offering the chance to discuss specific projects and connect with potential investors.

Back by popular demand, Construction Day on 12th September offers a platform for industry leaders to explore the innovative use of metals in sustainable construction. With an estimated 29 million homes needing to be retrofitted with low-carbon solutions for the UK to meet its net-zero emissions target by 2050, Construction Day will present significant business opportunities. Part of the event will feature the launch of a new system and marketplace for retrofitting, open to both existing and new delivery partners. Topics will include lightweight structures, low-carbon retrofits, modular building systems, and offsite fabrication. Construction Day aims to address the rising demand for greener practices, the need for time and cost reduction, and the requirement for standardised and accredited solutions. 

These sessions are just a glimpse of what UK Metals Expo has to offer. With the UK’s general elections set for 5th July, more announcements will be shared in the summer, adding even more excitement to the event!

UK Metals Expo

The UK Metals Expo is more than just a trade show; it’s a highly enriching experience for your entire workforce. Whether you manufacture it, work with it, procure it, shape it, or fabricate it, if metals are part of your world, you should attend UK Metals Expo.For the full conference agenda, exhibitor list, and floor plan, and to receive your free badge, please visit

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