The Metal Guys Talk Business

In this episode, we were joined by Richard Curry who is a Programme Manager at the SUSTAIN Steel Project at Swansea University.

The SUSTAIN Steel project aims to deliver cutting-edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon-neutral, resource-efficient UK steel supply chains.

Amongst other things we talk about:

* The circular steel economy
* Scrap, and the competitive position the UK finds itself in
* Energy and the issue of a green energy agenda
* The key deliverables of the SUSTAIN project

This podcast was recorded in October 2021, so there has been much change since the recording was made, notably with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and the spike in fuel and energy costs. It is yet to be seen how much of an impact this will have on UK manufacturing, but it was already an issue to discuss at the point of recording this podcast, and is a topic area featured in September 2022's edition of The Metal Magazine. Worrying times indeed.

Visit the SUSTAIN Steel website to find out more about the project, or to speak with the team:


SEASON TWO of The Metal Guys Talk Business is sponsored by:

The UK Metals Expo - 14th-15th September 2022, NEC Birmingham -

Anglo Stainless - Supplier of stainless steel pipes, fittings and flanges -

Amron Architectural - Specialists in metal meshes and architectural finishes -


The Metal Guys Talk Business is created and produced by Comton Group. Comton Group are a Metal and Engineering Agency supplying Temporary, Permanent and Contract Staff and Media and Marketing services. Comton Group also publish a digital publication 'The Metal Magazine', which features the latest news and information from across the Metal and Engineering sectors.

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Creators & Guests

Mike Bolton
Co-founder of Comton Group
Peter Comerford
Co-founder of Comton Group

What is The Metal Guys Talk Business?

Peter Comerford and Mike Bolton are The Metal Guys! They have worked in the metal sector for over 10 years, a huge global industry that produces more than a billion tonnes of material annually and affects all other industries and walks of life.

They now run a successful recruitment and marketing company servicing the metal and engineering sectors, making them ideally placed to provide impartial, independent insight into the industry, sitting outside the hierarchy of the various stages of the industry from raw material to finished product.

Under the moniker of The Metal Guys, the pair continue to gain insights from - and ask the difficult questions to - the decision makers and technical experts that you won't hear on any other podcast.

If you produce, work with or supply metal, then tune in and join the conversation.