With two significant European Union campaigns under way, the Aluminium Federation has sought to play down a potentially damaging row with British Aluminium.
The company has refused to join the trade association, claiming that it is not effective.
But Alfed does not want the British Aluminum row to weaken its arguments currently before Brussels over the industry’s opposition to energy taxation and the possible classification of aluminium as ‘ecotoxic’ in powder or massive form.
In his address to last week’s Alfed dinner, John Speirs, federation president, cited Government support as part of his attempt to rebut British Aluminium’s comments.
Speirs, managing director of Norsk Hydro UK, said: ‘The DTI has found the Alfed matches up very well to its [criteria for] a model trade association.’ He said an independent membership survey had produced ‘quite encouraging’ results.