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Today's mineral products industry

Today’s mineral products industry is one of the UK’s biggest in its own right - but it also supports even larger sectors like construction and manufacturing in business. The MPA’s interests span the key non-energy minerals - aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar, silica sand and slag.

With the addition of The British Precast Concrete Federation (BPCF) and the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), the MPA has a growing membership of 480 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. Between them, MPA members produce all of Britain’s cement output, 90 per cent of its aggregates, 95 per cent of its asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. Each year the industry supplies £21billion worth of materials and services to the Economy and is the largest supplier to the construction industry, which has annual output valued at £135billion. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors.

Downline from the main products are a myriad of less obvious ones that are derived from minerals. You only have to look around your home, for example, to discover that silica sand is a key ingredient in glass and in casts for ironware; gypsum is used to make plasterboard; china clay and ball clay give us ceramics, tableware and sanitaryware. Minerals (in the form of limestone) are even responsible for toothpaste! If you want to know more about specific products that are the remit of the Mineral Products Association, you may like to visit our associated websites for: cement, marine aggregates, silica sand, asphalt, agricultural lime, industrial lime, ready-mixed concrete, mortar. More information on the development of the modern market for concrete is available from The Concrete Centre

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