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External links: professional and trade

Agricultural Lime Association (ALA) — Trade association for producers of natural quarried agricultural lime in the UK.

Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG) — An international organisation specialising in the field of applied geochemistry, for the advancement of the science as it relates to exploration, the environment and facilitating the acquisition and distribution of knowledge through publications and meetings.

The Association of Mining Analysts (AMA) — Non-profit organisation representing the broad mining community in the UK with a membership of over 300.

The Barytes Association — Provides a forum for the International Barytes Industry in all its activities including technical, legislative and environmental matters.

The Brick Development Association (BDA) — The UK and Irish manufacturers of clay bricks and pavers who form the BDA membership account for well over 80% of the UK and Ireland's total brick making capacity.

British Aggregates Association (BAA) — The Association represent independent and privately owned quarry companies throughout the UK, accounting for 10% of the national output for quarrying.

British Cement Association (BCA) — Trade and research organisation that represents the interests of the UK's cement industry at national and European levels.

British Ceramic Confederation (BCC) — Trade association that provides vital support for UK manufacturers of ceramics, including tableware, refractory’s, bricks, tiles, sanitary ware, and the suppliers of related materials.

British Lime Association (BLA) — Trade association for the UK Lime Industry.

British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) — Trade association for the offshore aggregates industry which accounts for around 21% of the total UK aggregate production.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) — Acts as a focus for industry issues and a link between industry and government.

Confederation of UK Coal Producers (COALPRO) — Trade organisation representing most of the deep and surface coal producers.

Diamond Trade Network — American based diamond news and information service.

Eurogypsum — European federation of national associations of producers of gypsum products. Its prime aim is to promote both the products and the interests of these producers.

Euromines — The recognised representative of the European minerals and metals mining industry and promotes the industry's interests and views with European Union authorities at all levels.

European Industrial Minerals Association (IMA Europe) — Umbrella organisation which brings together a number of European associations specific to individual minerals and represents the interests of the Industrial Minerals industry at EU level.

The Geological Society of London — Founded 1807, is the UK national society for geoscience. It exists to promote the geosciences and the professional interests of UK geoscientists.

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) — Created from the merger of The Institute of Materials and The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.

The Institute of Quarrying — Professional membership body for quarrying and the related industries.

International Aluminium Institute (IAI) — Acts as a forum for the world aluminium industry with links to all major producers and fabricators.

International Copper Study Group (ICSG) — An intergovernmental organization that serves to increase copper market transparency and promote international discussions and cooperation on issues related to copper. It is the only forum solely dedicated to copper where industry, its associations and governments can meet and discuss common problems and objectives.

International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) — An intergovernmental organisation which regularly brings together twenty-eight member countries in an international forum to exchange information on lead and zinc.

International Manganese Institute (IMnI) — Non-profit industry association that represents manganese ore and alloy producers, manufacturers of manganese-based products, traders, industry service providers, and universities and research organizations world-wide.

International Nickel Study Group (INSG) — An autonomous, intergovernmental organization established in 1990. Membership comprises nickel producing, consuming and trading countries.

International Platinum Association — provides a valuable resource for information about Platinum Group Metals (PGM), their applications and their future potential.

International Tungsten Industry Association (ITIA) — Formed in Brussels in 1988. Members from 15 countries, include mining companies, processors, consumers, trading companies and assayers.

Mineral Deposit Studies Group (MDSG) — Specialist group of the Geological Society of London that exists to promote the study and understanding of mineral deposits and mineralisation processes.

Mineral Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) — Leading international collaborative research and technological development (RTD) facilitator and provider of project management services to the minerals and related industries.

The Mineralogical Society — Instituted in 1876, has the general object of advancing the knowledge of the science of mineralogy and its application to other subjects including crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, environmental science and economic geology.

Mineral Products Association (MPA) — Formerly the Quarry Products Association.  Trade association for companies involved in supplying crushed rock, sand and gravel, asphalt, flexible paving, concrete aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, silica sand, agricultural lime, industrial lime, mortar, slag, recycled materials, construction and quarrying plant. They represent the interests of more than 120 quarry operators who together produce more than 90% of the UK's aggregate-based construction materials.

Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA) — Promote the interests of its membership of companies actively involved in all aspects of the international trade of these metals in all forms.

Mortar Industry Association — Trade Association provides independent advice and technical expertise to specifiers and users of factory produced mortar.

Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) — Inter-governmental, regional organisation dedicated to providing services to promote sustainable development in the countries it serves.

The Salt Association — Trade association representing UK manufacturers of salt for domestic, catering, water-softening, industrial and de-icing uses.

Scottish Stone Liaison Group (SSLG) — Aims to encourage more use of stone from Scotland's working quarries and to provide a better understanding of those mineralogical properties which give each stone its distinctive quality. Produced by the Natural Stone Institute.

Silica and Moulding Sands Association (SAMSA) — Trade association for the silica sands industry. It is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association, a member of the Industrial Minerals Association of Europe and contributes to the operation of its Silica Section, Eurosil. SAMSA members produce approximately 60% of the total silica sand production in the UK.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) — Promotes the science of geophysics and the education of exploration geophysicists. It has more than 20,000 members working in 110 countries.

Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) — Promotes science of mineral deposit geology through biennial scientific meetings in Europe, world wide field trips and workshops. Publishes Mineralium Deposita.

steelonthenet.com — Providing free global steel industry news, opinions, classified advertising, exhibitions information, statistics.

Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group (SMEDG) — Website is unique in providing so much detailed information for the curious mineral explorer.

World Coal Association (WCA) — Non-profit, non-governmental association of coal enterprises and associations, the only international body working on a worldwide basis on behalf of the coal industry.

World Gold Council — An organisation formed and funded by the world's leading gold mining companies with the aim of stimulating and maximising the demand for, and holding of, gold by consumers, investors and the official sector.

World Nuclear Association — Global organisation that seeks to promote the peaceful worldwide use of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource for the coming centuries. Specifically concerned with nuclear power generation and all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, including mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, plant manufacture, transport, and the safe disposition of spent fuel.

World Steel Association — Formerly the International Iron and Steel Institute. It is a non-profit research organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. One of the largest and most dynamic industry associations and serves as a world forum for the international steel industry.