The Materials Processing Institute

The Materials Processing Institute is a research and innovation centre serving global steel and materials organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy, the circular economy and digital technologies.

The Institute has served as the UK’s national steel innovation centre since 1944 having been set up by Sir Winston Churchill’s wartime government just before D-Day to equip the British steel industry for post-war reconstruction.  It celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2019.

Through collaboration with its customers, the Institute provides a range of technology and R&D based services and consultancy. It also has pilot and demonstration facilities and an SME Technology Centre to support supply chain businesses with the development of new technologies and products.

Works with: steel, metals and alloys, chemical processes, aerospace and defence, energy, mining and quarrying, construction, rail, transport, and infrastructure, offshore, subsea, and nuclear.

The Materials Processing Institute includes developments funded through Tees Valley Combined Authority, through the Local Growth Fund (Growth Deal).

UK Metals Council

UK Metals Council is the body that represents the UK metals sector to government. It comprises business leaders from the full spectrum of the supply chain, from primary manufacturing to recycling

It comprises stakeholders from the full spectrum of the supply chain, from primary manufacturing to recycling.

Its new strategic approach has been developed supporting a clear vision for 2030 where:

· The UK captures the maximum value from its manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure supply chains.

· The Metals Industry is placed at the heart of any future circular economy.

· Critical ingredients for long term success, such as skills and innovation, are embraced throughout the industry itself. 


Business Minister Meeting

Members of the UK Metals Council (UKMC) have met business minister Nadhim Zahawi to highlight key industry priorities, including decarbonisation, energy, the supply chain, and procurement.

The industry body, which represents more than 11,000 companies, outlined its strategic approach to ensure the UK can gain maximum value from its manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure supply chains.


During the meeting, the council said the continued development of new materials together with cleaner and more efficient production processes are vital to support the growing circular economy and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Members also impressed upon the minister the urgent need for investment in long-term skills and innovation.

Its aim is that by 2030 a modern and progressive UK metals industry will deliver high-quality, innovative, and competitively priced products, be a principal supplier to the country’s main manufacturers and infrastructure projects, as well as being a leading global exporter.


UKMC is made up 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.


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.  

“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.”


Pam Murrell, CEO of the ECMS partner Cast Metals Federation, and one of the founding members of the UKMC said: “We are very keen that the sector, through its close links enabled through the trade associations, should play a proactive role in supporting the drive to net zero and be part of the solution to the UK; our members are often SMEs spread around the country and are a key part of the manufacturing supply chain for a whole range of sectors. We have a key role to play in our resilient recovery and look forward to working with government to meet our shared goals”.


Chris McDonald, UKMC Chair and CEO of the Materials Processing Institute, agreed saying: ‘I would like to thank Minister Zahawi for a productive meeting, which is part of the ongoing close co-operation between government and the UK Metals Council.

“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.”