Tom Giddings, executive director of Alupro, will take to the stage for two expert panel debates at this year’s UK Metals Expo. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham (13-14 September), the event is set to welcome hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors.
Bringing together the UK’s metal supply chain, as well as representatives from the engineering and manufacturing sectors, the UK Metals Expo is set to return bigger and better following its inaugural event in 2022. Alongside a thriving exhibition, the event will host a series of keynote speakers and panel discussions focusing around five key themes: supply chains, innovation, skills, the circular economy and resources.
On the event’s second day (14 September), Giddings will discuss why metal is a critical material to ensure sustainability within the food packaging industry. Other panellists include representatives from Tata Steel UK, Envases Europe A/S and MPMA. The panel ‘Resource not waste: how metal packaging is a model material for the circular economy’ will take place in the Made in the UK theatre at midday.
Shortly afterwards (13.30), Giddings will again take to the stage, this time alongside speakers from ALFED, BACALL, Innovate UK KTN and Innoval Technology, to explore the topic ‘Unlocking the Economic Viability of Recycled Aluminium in Manufacturing’. The session will discuss growing consumer awareness around re-use and recycling, the impact of packaging recycling reforms like deposit return schemes and what this means for the wider supply chain.
Giddings commented: “In just a few short years, the UK Metals Expo has quickly become a significant event in the engineering, manufacturing and metal supply chain calendar. As part of two panel discussions, I’m fortunate enough to be exploring the industry’s latest developments and insights across a range of topics.
“With the ambition of accelerating the UK’s progress towards a 100% recycling rate for aluminium packaging, celebrating its circular benefits and promoting its widespread applications in front of the wide supply chain is hugely important. I’m looking forward to sparking debate around the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.”