How are Kloeckner Metals UK able to support the UK energy sector? An interview with Paul Livingstone

At Kloeckner Metals UK, we operate in all major market sectors in the UK, working closely with world class producers to develop new multi-metal solutions as well as products. We’re always moving fast to ensure we keep up with the demands of our customers.

The energy sector is just one of those which we supply materials that are fully certified to internationally and industry standards, and able to meet the tough requirements demanded by the sector. The energy sector operates in challenging, hostile and safety critical environments, so it is important we are able to offer materials which are capable to perform within these extreme conditions. 

We wanted to dig a little deeper into the energy sector, so we spoke to Paul Livingstone, Business Development Manager at NOF Energy, to gain some industry insight on the importance of the steel industry and what may happen in the future.

Below are his thoughts.

Can you tell us a little bit about what NOF energy do?

NOF Energy is a highly proactive business development organisation working on behalf of companies across the energy sector. To our network of businesses, we provide high quality services that help identify new business opportunities in the UK and internationally, provide industry intelligence, encourage networking and inter-trading, assist with profile raising and also making vital connections.

So, how are NOF energy important to the industry?

With a strong focus on Business Development and networking and a proactive approach to helping our network win business, we offer a platform for the energy supply chain to engage with each other and do business at all levels.

In your opinion, what are the top priorities to ensure the energy industry continues to grow?

The focus on energy efficiency needs to continue and we need to keep investing in innovation. More focus on encouraging cross sector diversification is needed, along with addressing the ‘Skills challenge’ by attracting retaining and motivating people to join the industry. Due to research and development, there is continuous investment into the industry and so this will need to continue, too.

How can we ensure that more people are aware of the opportunities within the energy industry?

Attending industry events, exhibitions and conferences are a great way of learning about the opportunities that exist within the energy sector. NOF Energy runs a number of events that focus on the opportunities in the energy industry and also specific energy sector projects.

What do you believe is the biggest challenge for the energy industry?

I believe there are a number of challenges facing the energy industry at present, including the uncertain political environment, regulation, competition, environmental issues, technology issues, investment and returns and of course the skills gap.  They all contribute to a huge challenge for the industry moving forward.

In your opinion, what is the most exciting thing about working in the energy sector?

Energy companies and the supply chain are extremely important to our society.  We will always need energy and providing the basics in energy can be exciting. The sector offers a varied range of jobs, from working on Oil Rigs, Wind farms, Refineries and Power plants to support services employment.  The Gas, Electricity, Oil, Renewables and Nuclear sectors are all undergoing great changes as energy security and prices continue to remain pressing issues. However, out of uncertainty comes opportunity, and in my view there has never been a more exciting time to work in the energy industry.

How is your business going to change in the next 10 years?

NOF Energy will grow and adapt to changes in the energy sector landscape to ensure members continue to have the best possible support going forward. Our focus will be across the energy mix, as companies will need to adapt to be able to supply into multiple energy sectors to remain sustainable, whilst riding out any highs and lows in the oil & gas industry.

And finally, in terms of ‘green energy’ where would you say the UK is in comparison to other countries?

It’s looking like the UK won’t meet the legally binding European renewable energy targets for 2020 (15% of all energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar)  however the majority of supply chain companies in the energy sector are increasingly conscious about their carbon footprint and are continuously looking for a greener way of  doing things.

It’s an exciting time for Kloeckner Metals UK as we continue to work closely with our customers and suppliers to develop new material solutions and innovative products. To find out more about the industries we work alongside, please click here.

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