The Aluminium Industry in the UK

Williamson, Jack and Spowage, Mairi and Black, James (2021) The Aluminium Industry in the UK. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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The aluminium industry is a vital part of the UK manufacturing sector. The strategic importance of this lightweight and highly recyclable metal looks set to increase as the UK economy moves towards more sustainable and circular models of production and consumption. For the purposes of statistics, industries are defined using Standard Industrial Classification codes (SIC). Aluminium production, which is classified under SIC 24.42, can be considered as the narrowest definition of the aluminium industry. SIC 24.42 includes the production of aluminium but does not include the many manufactured aluminium products. This report departs from that narrow definition and considers the ‘wider aluminium industry’, which we define to be the production of aluminium e.g., rods, bars, and pipes but also aluminium products such as casks, drums, cans, boxes, prefabricated buildings, doors, windows, and wheels which do not fall under the narrow definition of aluminium production.

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