The Aluminium Federation, the trade body for the UK aluminium industry, has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Tom Jones joins the organisation from MMC Hardmetal UK, part of the Mitsubishi Materials group, where he was general manager. Tom has more than 35 years experience of working in manufacturing.

The Aluminium Federation has grown its membership in recent years, to around a hundred companies. Members include Arconic, Bridgnorth Aluminium, Novelis, Hydro and Liberty British Aluminium. The Aluminium Federation manages the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Aluminium Industry, and is a founder member of UK Metals Council.

Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead said: “We are delighted that Tom has joined the Federation to lead our team in driving forward our activities and increasingly giving value to our members. Tom brings with him many years experience in the metals industry, in aluminium and other materials, and having someone of his calibre at the helm will enable us to continue to grow and flourish during this exciting time for aluminium.”