BAA CEO Mike Phillips says the introduction of the new division and the support of the two concrete sector manufacturers emphasises the significance and importance of this to the industry.
"First and foremost, launching a new division of the BAA for the first time since its inception is a proud achievement for the team, but to launch it with the support and backing of the UK's biggest drum and volumetric manufacturers shows just how much trust we've got within the industry, and makes it even
more of an achievement," Phillips added.
"The benefits for the members who have a ready-mix or batched on-site side of the business from the new division have the potential to not only tap into our strategic partner resources but strengthen them with the support from the BAA, TVS and Bay-Lynx."
Lindsey Rudd, group industrial sales director at concrete fleet supplier TVS Interfleet, commented on the new concrete division as being for "an industry that is not widely seen as specialist but absolutely and most definitely is. It's amazing to see the introduction of such a body aimed specifically at improving it through strategic partnership, collaboration, and innovation.
"This sector has some very deep-rooted and substantial issues that can only be addressed and resolved by revolutionising how things are done in all areas, from simple targeted discussion to developing ground-breaking products and massive enhancement of training and educational reform!"
Michael Barr, operations director, at Bay-Lynx, said he is excited to play his part in representing Bay-Lynx UK in supporting the wider concrete industry and ensuring that volumetric mixers are well represented.
Barr added: "The rise of volumetric mixers over the years has seen significant growth as well as many challenges, being part of the BAA Concrete Division will ensure that the Volumetric fleet operators have a voice and have an opportunity to work together with other industry stakeholders to face future opportunities."
As part of the broader strategy to introduce specialist divisions of the new look BAA, association chairman Ric Clemmey hopes to ensure that the BAA continues to bring members as much value as possible across all areas of their businesses.
He said: “Understanding that many of our members don’t just operate quarries, we need to ensure that the BAA, through Mike and his team, can adapt and offer support across all the relevant sectors we operate in."
Barr continued: "With the revamp of the AOS scheme to include Ready-Mix Plants and the imminent launch of the Health and Safety division under the stewardship of H&S director Roy Bush, the new vision and purpose for the BAA is steadily becoming the stronger voice for the industry.”
Mike Phillips concluded: "The Concrete Division will have a range of benefits and discounts from our partners when it comes to things like driver CPC training, transport and H&S audits, digital compliance, assistance with policies and procedures, along with some exciting offerings from both TVS Interfleet and Bay- Lynx that will be a massive benefit to our members and the wider industry."