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MPA’s ‘Make the Link’ campaign will highlight its role within the economy

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The UK’s Mineral Products Association (MPA) launched a new publication and ‘Make the Link’ campaign at a House of Commons reception. The campaign aims to highlight the vital role that the mineral products industry plays in the British economy.

It includes research carried out by Capital Economics, which found the following:

  • The industry provides more than 1 million tpd of material and produces 250 million tpa.
  • It is worth £9 billion alone, while a turnover of £400 billion from the industries it supplies can be traced back to it.
  • Approximately 70 000 people are employed in the mineral products industry and it provides 2.5 million jobs in the economy as a whole.

“The mineral products industry is an essential, indigenous and major primary producer in its own right – but it is also locked into the DNA of a whole host of other important industries. […] Our sustainability credentials are strong and support the performance of those whom we supply. We have already made significant strides in driving CO2 emissions down while pushing the bar upwards on health and safety, responsible sourcing, recycling and resource efficiency. We are one of the key industries that will make a significant long-term contribution in the transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive of the MPA.

The reception was introduced by Sir Peter Bottomley MP and featured Sajid Javid MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Iain Wright MP, Shadow BIS Minister, and Roger Bootle, CEO of Capital Economics, as guest speakers.

Sajid Javid MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, stated, “I don’t stand here for a second and pretend that times are easy. We live in very challenging times. But […] as we recover, and in these challenging economic times, there are a few industries that I think will be absolutely key. Mineral products, given the importance of it to Britain, the size of it, the number of people it employs, the revenue it directly or indirectly generates, is one such industry.”

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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