ANEFA (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios Fabricantes de Áridos – Spanish National Association of Aggregates Business) created in 1977, is one of the oldest and most prominent associations of extractive industries and construction products in Spain. It stands for more than 430 active mining sites and is made up of more than 250 companies spread throughout the Spanish national territory, whether directly inside ANEFA as active members or through other associations that are themselves part of ANEFA. These figures also include close to 25 firms affiliated with the status of members, suppliers of equipment, and services providers for the sector.
Since the beginning of 2007, ANEFA is a member of the Federación de Áridos (FdA – Spanish Federation of Aggregates). Until the formation of FdA, ANEFA held the representation of the aggregate sector, both nationally and internationally, exercising as the official representation of the Spanish aggregate sector in the European Aggregates Association (UEPG), the Iberian-American Federation of Aggregates Producers (FIPA), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and other international organizations.
ANEFA coordinates and encourages the technical development of the Spanish aggregates industry by leading up to 10 different technical committees in Spain and taking part (and sometimes leading) in several European forums or projects. ANEFA also has developed a fruitful partnership with different universities and institutions. In this sense, ANEFA sponsors a special department chair at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; coordinates the Spanish Standardization Committee for Aggregates UNE CTN 146 Aggregates in (UNE), and is an active member of CEN TC 154 Aggregates since 1995.
As well, ANEFA has led more than 100 technical projects related to the aggregates industry covering issues as important as health and safety in the workplace, sustainable development (energy, circularity, water, rehabilitation, biodiversity, air quality, noise reduction…), environment, technology, quality, economy, public relations, social acceptance, etc.