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Hanson UK warned over Cement Data Order breach

30 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Hanson (HeidelbergCement group) has been warned by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for inadvertently releasing sensiitve market information when it made a payment to its trade association, the Mineral Products Association. Sharing information about the cement volumes produced in the last year contravenes the Cement Data Order of 2016, which protects the industry from anti-competitive collusion. Alistair Thompson, CMA director for remedies, business and financial analysis,...

UK Concrete and cement industry launches 'Roadmap to beyond Net Zero'

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The UK concrete and cement industry has launched a roadmap to become net negative by 2050, removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits each year.   The UK Concrete, part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), has identified that net zero can be met through decarbonised electricity and transport networks, fuel switching, greater use of low-carbon cements and concretes as well as carbon capture, usage or storage (CCUS) technology for cement manufacture.   The 'R...

GB sales of heavy-side building materials slump in 2Q20

04 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The latest statistics released by the Mineral Products Association (MPA) show that sales of heavy-side building materials, including aggregates, ready-mix concrete (RMC), asphalt and mortar saw unprecedented declines during the 2Q20. Aggregates sales volumes were 38 per cent lower, RMC 39 per cent and asphalt 28 per cent on a quarterly basis. The swift closure of housebuilding sites as the lockdown was announced in March resulted in the mortar market suffering an even sharper fall in deman...

MPA calls for reform of mineral planning system

15 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published a policy paper calling for reform of the mineral planning system to ensure future supply to support housing and infrastructure construction, manufacturing and other key strategic sectors of the UK economy. Coming ahead of the UK Government's anticipated Planning White Paper, the MPA paper highlights the essential role of mineral products and the fundamental importance of the planning system for ensuring supply as the economy recovers. Sur...

MPA releases COVID-19 pocket safety guides

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The  Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched two new sector specific pocket guides, for managers and employees, which are designed to support members in keeping employees, contractors, suppliers and customers safe as site operations adapt to the restrictions of COVID-19 and become COVID secure. Drawing on expert industry advice and techniques, they have been prepared by the MPA's Health and Safety Committee. The A5-sized guides are based around '10 Rules of Engagement' designed to d...

MPA calls for a ‘cash bridge’ for members

18 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for greater support for businesses in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigel Jackson, MPA CEO, called for a general facility to delay VAT, corporation tax and employers' National Insurance contributions as a way to help member companies facing extreme economic conditions. He wrote: "Businesses need more certainty and a 'cash bridge' to ensure that current viability is not destroyed purely beca...

MPA launches UK Concrete to promote concrete

26 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched UK Concrete to proactively engage with political stakeholders and public bodies, and promote the advantages of building in concrete and the vital role the material plays in people's everyday lives. Chris Leese, former vice president at Cemex UK, has been appointed as director of UK Concrete and will be responsible for rolling out the organisation’s programme to convey concrete’s benefits to a wider audience. Mr Leese said: "It is time for...

MPA wins GBP6.02m from BEIS for CO2 reduction trials

19 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded the Mineral Products Association (MPA) GBP6.02m (EUR7.24m)  for ground-breaking demonstrations of hydrogen and plasma technology to reduce CO 2 from cement and lime production. The cement trials will take place at sites operated by Tarmac and Hanson Cement in the UK. The cement production trial comprises two demonstrations, one of electrical plasma energy and biomass fuel and the other of hydrogen and biomas...

MPA reports falling demand in GB for heavy-side building materials in 2019

06 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Demand for heavy-side building materials in Great Britain, including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and mortar, has been weak throughout 2019, claims the Mineral Products Association (MPA). With demand failing to pick up again in the final quarter of the year, sales volumes for these materials were lower in 2019 compared to 2018, down 3.9  per cent for ready-mixed concrete, -2.2 per cent for aggregates, -1.7 per cent for mortar and -0.8 per cent for asphalt. Declining markets pro...

MPA makes management appointments

23 January 2020, Published under Cement News

As part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA)’s 10th year anniversary in 2019 and in support of its vision for 2025, the association has been strengthening its team and is pleased to announce the following appointments.   • Chris Leese, former vice president at Cemex UK, joins as Director of UK Concrete and Special Adviser Health & Safety. UK Concrete is a new campaigning vehicle that will be launched in the coming weeks to promote and defend the concrete industry with a focus on non-tec...