Mortars are the builder's "glue" - the product that binds together our bricks and masonry.
The role they play is a crucial one and quality is essential.
The need for quality has resulted in a significant growth in demand for factory-produced mortars as opposed to those mixed by hand on-site. The latter, made using rough calculations of quantities and in less than ideal conditions, cannot match the consistency of factory-produced mortars.
Factory-produced mortars are manufactured under controlled conditions in purpose-built production units.
All materials are weigh-batched or dispensed through calibrated equipment to ensure accuracy of mix proportions. All ingredients comply with the relevant British and European standards and are subject to rigorous testing to ensure quality.
The benefits of factory-produced mortars over site-mixed mortars can be summarised as:
Factory-produced mortars are of two main types:
MPA Mortar (one of the constituent bodies of the Mineral Products Association) represents the producers of mortars under factory-controlled conditions. For further information contact Mick Russell or visit the MPA Mortar website at www.mortar.org.uk.
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The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.
Mineral Products Association, Gillingham House, 38-44 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HU
T: 0207 963 8000