Tom attending the European Recycling Congress in Colmar, France

A fabulous time in France for the European Aluminium Recycling Congress, check out the photos Tom sent to us!

ASI Newsletter – February 2019

In the February edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Bauxite residue
  • ASI AGM week- confirmed speakers
  • ASI Certifications update
  • New and updated ASI resources
  • New education’AL’ webinars
  • ASI Membership news – Slim Aluminium S.p.A, Aluminium Bahrain
  • Upcoming events
  • ASI In-Person Training

Read the February Newsletter

#Aluminium Day – a new social media campaign

#Aluminium Day, the new social media platform launching on 13th March with Senior Architectural Systems. Search for #aluminiumday across Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Did you know that aluminium is the most abundant metal found naturally on Earth?  Or that it was once considered to be more valuable than silver or gold?  There’s more to aluminium than meets the eye and to celebrate the versatility and history of this magnificent metal, leading aluminium fenestration systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is planning to make Wednesday 13th March all about aluminium.

The company is set to launch its first ever ‘Aluminium Day’ and will dedicate its social media platforms to helping raise awareness of the history of aluminium and its importance as a sustainable, modern day building material. Throughout the day, Senior will be inviting contributions from across its supply chain, as well as from other companies and individuals from outside the construction sector, to highlight the many industries and applications that the metal plays a vital role in.

The day will also provide an insight into Senior’s own manufacturing facilities and use of aluminium to create its extensive range of doors, windows and curtain walling, as well as showcasing some of the company’s most impressive project case studies.

Commenting, Senior’s marketing manager Jonny Greenstreet said: “We’ve been manufacturing aluminium fenestration systems for over thirty years so are no strangers to working with what is one of the world’s most amazing materials.  However as a company we are also really interested to see how aluminium is being used in other industries, from transport and machinery to packaging and the manufacture of various household items, and we decided that the best way to do this was to get a conversation going!

We’re looking forward to engaging with people from all across the aluminium industry to find out more about the innovative ways they use the material as well as sharing details about our own work and products.”

Check out the hashtag #aluminium day on 14th March to raise awareness on the history of aluminium and its importance to the world!

HM Government EU Exit – Steel & other metal manufacturing

Steel and other metal manufacturing and preparing for EU Exit



  1. Importing and exporting
  2. Trade remedies
  3. Energy and climate
  4. Your employees
  5. Trade associations





An ALFED tailored course for the Environment Agency

Technical Manager Jan had a great time at the Environment Agency lecturing a bespoke version of our World of Aluminium course!

EU Exit – Trade Agreement Continuity and Data Protection

Two updates provided by BEIS on guidance that will impact members and one request from colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on an issue that will also have wide-ranging impacts. See below the information provided to ALFED.

Trade Continuity

Liam Fox has made a Written Ministerial Statement today on the UK’s progress in securing agreements with the EU’s existing Free Trade Agreement partners- you can find that here.

There is accompanying guidance on GOV.UK here which includes a table showing the agreements and where the UK has gotten to with negotiations for each. In a deal scenario, the EU has agreed that the UK should continue to be treated as a Member State in international agreements during the implementation period. However, if a deal is not in place when the UK leaves the EU on the 29th March the UK’s preferential access to some of these markets will end. BEIS are happy for our members to approach them directly with their concerns have and are encouraging ALFED to share the guidance to all.

Business readiness tool on GOV.UK

The tool which asks companies questions to narrow down the technical information they have to read now includes pages for companies in particular sectors:

The one for metals manufacturing is here and the one for chemicals is here. For non-metallic materials, the page is still being cleared for publication but should be up soon. BEIS have asked us to encourage members to use the tool if they have not done so already.

Data Protection

As preparations in the case of a no-deal EU Exit gather pace, the Government has established a Task Force to assess and support business readiness in respect of data protection if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  Colleagues would particularly appreciate your help in understanding:

  • The extent to which your members are reliant on data transfers to and from the EU and EEA;
  • Current GDPR compliance;
  • Awareness of no-deal Brexit risks and management strategies in place; and
  • The right organisations to approach for more detailed conversations.

DCMS is keen to hear any questions our members might have regarding data protection post EU-Exit.  This will help focus government communications and highlight if any bespoke solutions are required. In the meantime, you may find the guidance in the event of no deal Brexit and this helpful information from the ICO useful.

If you are happy to help DCMS, please get in touch with John Beaufoy (; Tel: 0207 211 2138; Mobile: 07517995686).

BEIS will send their next general update next week.

Quarterly Global Update Q4 2018

  • Global Primary Aluminium Production
  • Emissions from Cars
  • REACH Regulation for Lead
  • Position Paper on Metals Recycling Rates
  • OECD “Measuring Distortions in International Markets : The Aluminium Value Chain”

December 2018 / January 2019 Market Report

The UK economy stalled in the three months to the end of November…

Download the December-January market report for more information.

All Parliamentary Breakfast briefing

A fabulous breakfast briefing at the Houses of Parliament, we were joined by MP’s Adrian Bailey, Philip Dunne, Steve MaCabe and Mike woods to discuss the impact on Brexit within our industry.

HM Government EU Exit – sector and policy page links

EU Exit Business Readiness Weekly Bulletin – Links to sector and policy pages

For your information, see below a number of links to sector and policy pages that have been recently published on GOV.UK, which may be of interest to you and your business.

Sector links

The automotive sector and preparing for EU Exit

The aerospace sector and preparing for EU Exit

The construction sector and preparing for EU Exit

The electronics, machinery and parts sector preparing for EU Exit

The chemicals sector and preparing for EU Exit

Policy links

Operating in the EU after Brexit

Public sector procurement after Brexit

Intellectual property after Brexit

Regulations and standards after Brexit

European and domestic funding after Brexit

Using personal data after Brexit

Energy and climate after Brexit

Importing, exporting and transporting products or goods after Brexit