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MPA releases third ‘Facts at a Glance’ publication

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MPA has announced the release of the third edition of its ‘Facts at a Glance’ publication. The publication offers an insight into the contribution that the mineral products industry makes to the economy and the UK.

The highlighted figures from the publication are as follows:

  • 300 million t - GB production of aggregates and manufactured mineral products
  • £21 billion – The annual turnover
  • £6.7 billion – The total gross value added (GVA)
  • £445 billion – The turnover of industries we supply
  • £135 billion – The value of construction, our main customer
  • 80 000 – The people directly employed in our industry
  • 3.3 million – The jobs supported through our supply chain

Other highlights from the publication include:

  1. Each worker in the mineral products industry produced on average £81 000 in value added in 2013, 1.6 times more than the national average;
  2. Materials in the MPA scope accounted for 68% of the total UK production of minerals in;
  3. In 2014, 111 million t of aggregates were produced in England, 25 million t in Scotland, 20 million t in Northern Ireland and 14 million t in Wales;
  4. In the 2014, crushed rock accounted for 45% of all GB aggregate sales, recycling 29% and sand & gravel 27%;
  5. The annual cost of the aggregates levy was equivalent to 17% of the industry’s GVA in 2013;
  6. The total cost of climate change and energy measures is estimated to rise from an equivalent of 8% of the GVA of the cement industry in 2014, to 46% by 2020;
  7. In 2013, the use of aggregates and cement per capita in GB was 32% and 48% respectively below the European average.

The publication highlights the industry’s economic significance, not only through how much the industry generates directly in terms of value added and employment, but also how it supports other vital industries, such as construction and manufacturing.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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