The metal industries process non-ferrous metals such as aluminium, copper, and zinc; and ferrous materials such as steel. Both sectors are very important to the EU’s economy, competitiveness, and industrial development. The European Commission aims to ensure that EU legislation allows the sectors to achieve a high level of competitiveness, and encourages them to participate in meeting the EU’s energy efficiency and environmental goals.
Non-ferrous metals such as aluminium, copper, or zinc are important for the EU’s manufacturing industries, sustainability, and economic growth. They are irreplaceable for many products in the automotive, aerospace, and construction sectors. More on non-ferrous metals.
The steel industry has long held a strategic place in the EU economy by fostering innovation, growth, and employment. The Commission is working on helping the industry face the downturn in steel demand after the economic crisis. More on steel.