Brexit Update

Our work with government continues to ensure the aluminium sector and our members are engaged with BEIS and the Brexit trade negotiations. We recently submitted a position paper to our contacts at the UK Government: ALFED UK/EU Trade Negotiations Position Paper.

The Brexit negotiations are still taking place during the coronavirus outbreak. David Frost and Michel Barnier met via videoconference last week, where they agreed new dates for the next few negotiating rounds, all of which will take place via video conference.

The new agreed dates are as follows, with all rounds lasting a full week:

  • w/c 20 April
  • w/c 11 May
  • w/c 1 June

Agendas for these rounds will also be published online in due course.

We will keep ALFED members updated on the progress with Brexit.



Funding Support for UK Aluminium – An Update

The Government has announced an unprecedented scale of coronavirus business support, but the UK aluminium industry continues to struggle with the impact of COVID-19. Although we welcome the initiatives announced to date, many aluminium companies are unable to access the promised funding. This situation is creating short- and long-term economic risks for the UK.

Aluminium companies are struggling to access funding under Government schemes

Read more: Funding Support for UK Aluminium – An Update – 15 April 2020

Aluminium Lightning Protection for Composite Aircraft

The Welding Institute (TWI) worked with AVIC Composites Corporation (ACC) to develop a Lightning Strike Protection (LSP) system for composite aircraft. ACC approached TWI as it has significant experience in developing thermal spray aluminium (TSA) coating technology for the protection of polymer composite aerospace structures from lightning strike. As a result, TWI developed a well-defined thermal spray coating procedure for the application of LSP coating systems on carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) aircraft.

Read more: Aluminium Lightning Protection for Composite Aircraft


COVID-19 response – risk management and business continuity

Following the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), BSI has examined how we can support the collective efforts to mitigate the risks to organizations, caused by this global health issue.
After careful consideration of the information available to us, we have made available 11 standards to help guide businesses during these uncertain times. In addition, BSI is partnering with the Emergency Planning College (EPC), part of the Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, to deliver a series of best practice webinars around business continuity and crisis management.
Please click on the link below to view standards and watch webinars. Please circulate the link to your networks or members.

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