MPA has today (31/3) welcomed the statement from the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for BEIS which acknowledges the essential contribution that the mineral products industry is making by supporting the construction industry and wider society.
The Minister writes:
“In these challenging times, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working tirelessly within the construction industry. Delivering on large or small construction sites across the country, in builders’ merchants and logistics providers, or producing construction and mineral products.
“Our country and our economy needs all our support. And the construction industry has answered the call to action. Whether by building temporary hospital wards, installing complex and life-saving oxygen systems, constructing the infrastructure that society needs to function or ensuring that people have safe and healthy homes to live in, you are delivering for our Nation through this difficult time. My heartfelt and personal thanks for everything that each and every one of you is doing to support our joint national effort.”
Nigel Jackson, MPA Chief Executive said:
“We welcome recognition from the Business Secretary of the contribution our members make to construction. His recognition of the important contribution our sector makes, and the essential jobs that cannot be done from home, is a great help and encouragement in these challenging times. The same is true of other important strategic sectors such as agriculture, the utilities and manufacturing more widely who rely on the industrial minerals such as lime, silica sand”
The full text of the letter can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-letter-to-the-construction-sector
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About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 530 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements at Elizabeth.Clements@mineralproducts.org ; tel: 07775 894 285.