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Improving the future of urban living and infrastructure

The fundamental importance of metals to building and other infrastructure is well known; without them, there would be no cities as we know them today. The strength of metal alloys, particularly steels, has led to a revolution in urban living and working. Without these materials, the skylines of our cities would be very different; there would be no cranes and no buildings higher than three or four floors, for a start. 

Durable materials for the cities of today and tomorrow

The UN estimates that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. Meaning, there’s a growing need for construction to be more energy and space efficient, particularly since buildings account for approximately 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Metals will play a vital role in low carbon power generation, cooling and ventilation and will also provide the functionality for new modes of construction.

Increasing connectivity

Furthermore, metals will help to connect new cities – not only virtually, but physically, by supporting the infrastructure needed for our road, rail and air transport networks. It’s worth noting that even in this field, technology is constantly evolving, and the properties of metals are being exploited in new ways – making the world an ever-smaller place.

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