Tata Steel UK is again supporting the Bessemer Society, as its sole metals industry sponsor. The sponsorship is a good fit for Tata Steel, with the Bessemer Society being named after the nineteenth century steel inventor and entrepreneur, Sir Henry Bessemer whose breakthrough innovation in 1856 enabled the first cost-efficient process for the mass manufacturing of steel. Tata Steel’s basic oxygen steelmaking plant is a direct descendant of his pioneering work. Tata Steel's UK R&D Director Dr Sumitesh Das said “We are proud to step forward to sponsor the Bessemer Society and its activity programme, in fact this is very much a 'win-win' for us as the novel, emerging technologies which the society brings to the fore include many innovations which could play a vital role in our journey to 'net zero steelmaking' in the UK. The society is helping bring together UK innovators focused on developing the industrial and manufacturing megatrends which will drive the country forward, these could well form part of our journey too.”The Bessemer Society is a UK-based group which brings together entrepreneurs, academics, UK Government funding bodies and investors to encourage 'hard-tech' innovation for the benefit of the UK future economy. The scope of interest is vast, covering novel decarbonization and renewable energy technologies, new medical sensing developments, new materials systems, quantum electronics breakthrough devices, and much more.