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Metals Forum

STEEL

AS WELL as his day job at the British Constructional Steelwork Association, Dr Tordoff is also chairman of metal industries lobby group the Metals Forum.

The Forum represents the ferrous and non-ferrous metals industry, which employs almost half a million people and adds £15 billion to the UK's gross domestic product figures.

'All the sectors within the metals industries felt we would be better represented under one umbrella body, so the Metals Forum was established, ' explains Dr Tordoff.

He is concerned that the metals industry as a whole does not punch anywhere near its weight in the economy when it comes to lobbying the Government.

'The metal industry is one of the biggest sectors in the country. It employs more people than automotive or engineering and has a GDP contribution similar to the chemical and electrical industry. It deserves more of a voice, ' he says.

The metal industry sells £38 billion of material to clients across the construction, automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries each year.The Metals Forum comprises leading ferrous and non-ferrous trade associations and covers approximately 70 per cent of the sector, and aims to better represent its interests to the Government.