Asphalt and quarrying bodies sign MoU

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT) have signed a memorandum of understanding on frurther co-operation.

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and the Institute of Asphalt Technology (IAT) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on key issues within the industry.

The agreement builds on the long-standing collaboration between the two organisations.

It also covers aspects of training and sharing knowledge.

James Thorne, chief executive officer, Institute of Quarrying, said: 'Both organisations have proud histories of supporting their members and have long worked together in supporting the whole industry in key areas such as education

'This agreement will facilitate further co-operation and development on topics of mutual interest, and mutual support for training and education activities such as courses, seminars and conferences.'

The MoU was signed by IQ President, Martin Riley, and IAT President Tony Sewell.

Mr Riley said: 'The agreement signifies the next phase in the relationship between our organisations.

'With many crossover areas of interest and challenges affecting professionals working within both mineral extractives and asphalt technological industries, it’s a strategic partnership that will enable us to continue to deliver best value training and development opportunities to our members.'

Mr Sewell said: 'We value the strong relationship we already have with the Institute of Quarrying and welcome this opportunity to promote sustainable development and education.'

Founded in 1966, the Institute of Asphalt Technology is the professional body for persons working in the field of Asphalt Technology and for those interested in all aspects of the manufacture, placing, technology and uses of materials containing asphalt or bitumen.

The Institute of Quarrying is the international professional body for quarrying, construction materials and the related extractive and processing industries, with over 6,000 members in some 50 countries of the world.

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