Construction Products Association

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Construction Products Association
Abbreviation CPA
Formation 2000
Type Trade association
Legal status Non-profit company
Purpose Construction products industry in the UK
Headquarters The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
Region served
United Kingdom
UK construction products companies
Chief Executive
Dr Diana Montgomery
Website CPA

The Construction Products Association (CPA) is UK-based construction industry trade association, representing UK manufacturers and suppliers of construction products as well as over 40 sector trade associations representing around 30,000 companies across product manufacturing.


It was formed on 1 January 2000 as the result of a merger of the National Council of Building Materials Producers and the Association of Construction Products and Suppliers, and officially launched on 1 March 2000.[1]


At its launch, the first CPA President Roy Harrison said:

"The CPA has been formed to act as the focal point for government consultation and its objectives include informing and empowering its membership, complementing the work of sector trade bodies and exerting influence at regional, national and international levels."[1]

The CPA says it "acts as a single voice to promote and campaign for the construction product manufacturers and suppliers in support of this major UK industry."[2] It represents suppliers and manufacturers on the Strategic Forum for Construction, and is a member of Construction Products Europe.[2]

The CPA outlines its functions as focused on three areas: market growth, improving supply chain performance, and supporting the industrial strategy for UK construction.

Members and structure[edit]

The CPA has three membership categories:[3]

  • Company members (of which there are 26) - the CPA's Industry Principals Council, comprising executives from the major company members, meets quarterly to discuss issues relevant to the construction products industry and set policy priorities for the Association on these issues.
  • Trade association members (41) - the Trade Association Council has a similar role, also meeting quarterly.
  • Affiliate members (3)

The CPA also has 24 Associates ("companies and organisations that do not manufacture or supply construction products but wish to take advantage of the services and support provided by the Association").[3]

The work of the CPA is also supported by various committees covering: technical, economics research, sustainability, and external affairs.


The CPA publishes around 24 economic publications per year covering the construction and product manufacturing industries,[4] with its construction industry output forecasts widely quoted in both industry publications - e.g. Building, Construction News[5] - and mainstream media - e.g. BBC,[6] The Guardian.[7]


The CPA head office is situated in the Building Centre, on Store Street in central London opposite the College of Law.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tarmac chief heads new construction industry body, AggNet, 1 March 2000. Retrieved: 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "What we do", Construction Products Association. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Our Members, Construction Products Association. Retrieved 15 January 2015
  4. ^ Economics publications
  5. ^ Dennis, Sarah (2014), "Construction output forecasts: Construction Products Association – spring 2014", Construction News, 28 April. Retrieved: 15 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Construction sees sharp slowdown". BBC News (BBC). 3 July 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Kollewe, Julia (2010), "UK construction orders slump 14%", The Guardian, 3 September. Retrieved: 15 January 2015.

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