Everything around you could not be built without construction products – CPA

Everything around you could not be built without construction products – CPA

The Construction Products Association represents the UK's manufacturers and suppliers of construction products components and fittings. It acts as the voice of the construction products sector representing the industry-wide view of its members.

The products sector has an annual turnover of more than £50 billion and accounts for 40% of total construction output.

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Homes and hospitals; roads and railways; shops and schools, and all of the buildings and infrastructure around you could not be built without construction products.

The Construction Products Association represents the manufacturers and distributors of these products and materials in the UK, from large multi-national companies to SMEs and small, family run businesses.

The UK construction products sector is worth over £47 billion and accounts for over a third of all construction.  We employ over 300,000 people across more than 20,000 companies – that’s more than the UK car and aerospace manufacturing sectors combined.

Our members have businesses in every parliamentary constituency from Lands End to John O'Groats.

The construction industry  is forecast to grow more than £20 billion through the next five years, equivalent to 220,000 homes, over 2,300 schools or more than 420 new hospitals.

In the short-term, our industry can meet this large increase in demand. But in the long-term this growth is at risk unless more is done in the UK to help companies invest, grow and compete against imports. 

It’s particularly challenging when many of our member companies trade and compete on a multi-national scale, and therefore, have an increasing choice of where they base their manufacturing and distribution facilities.

We believe that government and industry can work together to face this challenge and ensure the UK is viewed as a favourable location to do business.

First, industry needs simple, coherent, effective policies and regulations.  These work best when government consults early and often with business.

Second, because our manufacturers invest in factories over 10 to 30 year time frames, they need policies which work beyond mere five-year parliamentary cycles.  As much as possible, government needs to provide clear, cross-party, long-term policy roadmaps to give businesses the clarity to plan ahead.

Taken together, government can level the playing field with our international competitors and offer more certainty for industry. This will increase investment, production and employment opportunities in the UK.