The Mineral Products Association has been formed from the merger of the British Cement Association, the Quarry Products Association and the Concrete Centre.
Representing around 222 members across the UK, the association covers aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand.
The formation of the new group has been welcomed by British Precast, the concrete products industry association.
British Precast chief executive Martin Clarke says: “The MPA has our full support. By bringing together our two main materials supply groups – cement and aggregates – we, as a major customer group, will be able to work closely with the new association on major strategic issues. Most notably, these are aimed at ensuring a robust long-term supply of planned aggregate reserves and a strong national cement industry.
“We have a common interest with the MPA in ensuring that a strong viable UK concrete product manufacturing base is in place for the upturn when the country will need local products in sufficient quantities to build 250,000 homes each year with supporting infrastructure.
British Precast is one of the four organisers of the Get Britain Building Campaign, a campaign to urge the government to bring in a series of measures to kick-start house-building and save hundreds of thousands of industry jobs.
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