MPA UK Concrete is part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica, sand industries, and has been set up to represent the UK’s concrete industry.
Concrete is the world’s most versatile and sought-after man-made material, made by mixing aggregates with cement and water under strict planning and permitting conditions.
UK concrete, both ready mixed and precast, is produced from around 1,000 sites nationwide. Over 90 million tonnes is consumed in a typical year for an amazing range of uses which form the foundation and fabric of our built environment, both onshore and offshore, above ground, on the ground, and below our feet.
The concrete sector is a key part of a combined mineral products industry, which contributes around £18bn to the UK’s GDP and directly employs 74,000 people, supporting a further 3.5m jobs.
Concrete is essential for our economy and our way of life, now and in the future. New homes, schools, hospitals, workplaces, roads and railways, as well as the infrastructure that provides us with clean water, sanitation and low-carbon energy, all depend on the industry’s products and create the demand for them.
The industry also takes its environmental obligations extremely seriously and is committed to being part of a net zero carbon society. We support the ambition to decarbonise as soon as practically and economically possible and are working hard every day to achieve it.
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