Non-Ferrous Metals

The total direct employment in Europe in the non-ferrous industry was approximately 320.000 in 2006 corresponding to 1% of the total manufacturing employment.

Being a highly energy and raw materials intensive industry the non-ferrous area is currently facing a series of challenges. Increasing costs on energy and raw materials risks reducing the competitiveness of the sector, leading to a loss of jobs. Highly volatile world market prices, makes long term planning in the sector difficult.

In order to face these challenges the sector has already invested in sustainable production strategies with a high degree of recycling and energy saving taking place and the sector have also managed high increases in productivity.
The recent developments and investments in the sector, gives the industry the possibility of transforming itself from a basic industrial sector to a sophisticated high-tech sector, producing new technological materials of high added value.

Specific areas such as energy policy, sector screening, impact assessment, observation of bilateral consultations (EU, China and Russia), impact of environmental regulations, partner structures in the new and future Member States, quantitative and qualitative aspect of employment will be monitored.

Furthermore the EMF is endeavouring to setup social dialogue with the relevant social partners in the industry in order to facilitate the transformation of the sector and ensure that it remains a viable European industry sector.

22/04/2010

Time to act to save our metals industries

Joint European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF) and European Mining, Chemical and Energy Workers Federation (EMCEF) demonstration on 22 April 2010 in Brussels.

Photos from the demonstration.

Photos of Duisburg rally (by Andy Michaelis)

Time to act to save our metals industries! Time for a global level playing field!

Analysis of economic indicators of the EU metals industry: the impact of raw materials and energy supply on competitiveness

Brussels, 2.8.2006
SEC(2006) 1069
COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT
Analysis of economic indicators of the EU metals industry: the impact of raw materials and energy supply on competitiveness

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