QPA Northern Ireland (QPANI) has taken the decision to change its name to MPA Northern Ireland (MPANI). The change will be effective from 1 January 2019.
Formed in 1998, QPANI is the trade association for the mineral products sector in Northern Ireland. The association has 87 members, with more than 5000 people contributing almost £700 million to the Northern Ireland economy. The association has been an affiliate of the MPA since 2009 and, following a full consultation process, the members of the association have given their unanimous support and endorsement to change the association’s name to MPANI.
“Our move from QPANI to MPANI was endorsed by our members, as they believe the time is right to take this important step,” said Gordon Best, Director of QPANI. “The reference to minerals in our new title recognises the fact that our membership base is wide and varied across our industry in Northern Ireland, representing the extraction and processing of hard rock, sand, salt, lime, and chalk into products that support and sustain our quality of life. Importantly, we are also recognised by the government, both locally and centrally, as a minerals sector. We have an excellent working relationship with the MPA, and indeed all MPA regions across the UK, and with our colleagues in the Irish Mining Quarries Society in the Republic of Ireland.”
“QPANI has been a valued and important member of both QPA and latterly MPA, ensuring that our work is genuinely national, taking account of issues across the UK,” said Nigel Jackson, CEO of the MPA. “QPANI makes an important contribution to our policy thinking and are a professional and energetic association of their own right. We are absolutely delighted that they have decided to adopt the MPA name, which will strengthen the important ties between our two organisations.”
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