A body that represents the ferrous and non-ferrous metals industry has met with newly appointed industry and regions minister Alum Michael to agree medium-term priorities for a successfully competitive UK metals industry.
Metals Forum chairman Derek Tordoff said that the outcome was a meeting of minds on key policy issues that concern industry and government.
He added: "We discussed issues such as energy prices, the European Union's Registration, Evaluation and authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) framework and transport's impact on competitiveness and how these could be improved by a partnership approach.
"We have identified key areas that we are going to work towards and need their support to succeed."
The metals industry is the UK's biggest recycler treating 10 million tonnes of metal every year. This includes over two billion steel drinks cans and two million cars.