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Industrial Strategy for UK Metals - Research and Development Online Survey

18 Nov 2014






Archie MacPherson, CEO Advanced Forming Research Centre and Deputy Chairman of the Metals Strategy Steering Group would like to invite you to participate in shaping the future of metals in the UK.
For the first time, the UK’s Metals sectors are coming together to articulate their compelling vision of the future for metals in the UK. They will be setting out future pathways for metals in the UK in areas such as skills, innovation and sustainability. Crucially they will be working with key stakeholders such as customers and supply chain companies, Government and Trades Unions to build the partnership models necessary for long term success.
The Steering group for the project is drawn from a range of UK metals companies and trade associations. Other stakeholders such as Governments will also have the opportunity to provide strategic input.
The work will be divided between 5 work streams as follows:

  • Education, Skills and Training:  Chair, Colin Leighfield, Wedge Group
  • Supply Chain and Partnerships:  Chair, Andrew Worley, William King
  • Innovation and R&D:  Chair, Archie MacPherson, Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • Sustainability:  Chair, Ian Walsh, St Gobain
  • Communication and Promotion:  Co-Chairs, Nigel Ward, Nickel Institute and Paul Barker, BSSA

This exciting vision, along with the commitment from and recommendations for industry and policy makers, will be launched in 2015.
Within the Innovation and R&D work stream we have developed an online survey.  This survey will help identify the key issues and develop the Metals Sector Strategy that will be presented to BIS early 2015.  To enable as much information to be gathered as possible, we would be grateful if you could spend 5-10 minutes completing the online survey – you can view the survey here.  
If you have any questions on the survey and/or the Metals Forum Strategy, please email: or telephone 0141 534 5200.


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