British Precast, whose members include manufacturers of concrete masonry, paving slabs, structural sections and drainage systems, has merged with the Mineral Products Association (MPA) which represents all of the UK’s cement makers, 90% of aggregates producers and more than 70% of ready-mixed concrete suppliers.
Two new MPA product groups have been formed as a result of the merger – MPA Precast and MPA Masonry. The MPA also includes the Concrete Centre and the British Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (BRMCA).
MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson said: “Now more than ever the concrete industry must work hand-in-glove to promote the essential role this amazing and under-appreciated material plays in our economy and our quality of life. Mitigating the industry’s environmental impacts whilst delivering solutions that help people to adapt to climate change is an important balance to be struck. With the entire sector united and pulling in the same direction we are better able to achieve our shared goals.”
Alan Smith, who now retires as president of British Precast, said: “British Precast has been affiliated with the Mineral Products Association for the past decade and the successful relationship we have built has given our members the confidence to fully support this merger. Coming together enables the industry to operate more strategically, rejuvenating our determination to rise to the challenges of climate change and emphasise the importance of our industry in climate adaptation.”