Light Metals board

The Light Metals Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining was first established and approved by Council in June 2000. The concept behind the Division was to have an organisational arm of the materials community to serve the needs of both the traditional and emerging light metals industries and enabling technologies. Committee members on the Divisional Board are therefore representative of the varying sectors from within industry, university and research centres in the UK.

The purpose of this Divisional website is to introduce the Board and its members and to highlight our activities. We hope that you find this useful and welcome any constructive feedback. 

Mike Clinch

Chairman, Light Metals Division

Scope & Mission

The goals of the Light Metals Division are to:

Develop and maintain a strong UK-based network to help shape light metals research in the UK linked with current and perceived future industry needs.

Provide a forum to bring industrial and academic stakeholders together to ensure that advances in light metals research and development are aligned with manufacturing challenges, particularly from the transport sector.

Facilitate greater collaboration between universities and industry to assist the development of enabling technologies to open up new applications for light metals, and also to ensure that the challenges of major industrial users are addressed.

Work closely with other IOM3 groups, such as the Automotive Applications Division and the Casting and Solidification Division, and with Catapult, EPSRC and Innovate UK research hubs.

Promote and develop metallurgical education in the UK particularly for the light metals community and establish stronger links with similar light metal interest groups worldwide.

Read our mission statement

Read an overview of the Light Metals Division (pdf, 710KB)