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Multiplier Effect of the Cement and Concrete Industry

November 20th, 2015|


Starting with this original equation Arbataz Shams, manager of consultants Le BIPE presented an independent study conducted for EuroConstruct on the multiplier effect of an investment in concrete for the whole economy, focusing on the benefits of a local supply chain. The report’s findings were revealed at the conference “Citizens at the heart of the sustainably-built environment” hosted by The Concrete Initiative in Brussels on 19 November 2015. […]

Concrete Dialogue 2015: Commissioner Karmenu Vella’s Opening Speech

November 20th, 2015|

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, opened the roundtable debate Concrete Dialogue 2015: Citizens at the Heart of the Sustainably-built Environment organized by The Concrete Initiative at The Square Meeting Centre in Brussels on 19 November 2015.

ERMCO Congress

September 17th, 2015|

In June, the Turkish Association, THBB, hosted the 23rd ERMCO Congress, which was a great success.  Several hundred people attended the meetings in the historic Istanbul Military Museum and the gala dinner, held on a spectacular island in the Bosphorus. The highlight of the technical sessions was the keynote speech on Advances in Concrete Science […]

New structure for ERMCO activities

September 17th, 2015|

Because of the increasing importance of sustainability issues in ERMCO’s activities, the Board has decided to split the current EcoTec Committee and to establish separate Technical and Sustainability Committees, to be chaired by Olaf Assbrock and Jean-Marc Potier respectively.

A  meeting will be held next month to discuss the scope and programme of these two committees.

The Board […]

SNBPE Environmental Awards

September 17th, 2015|

After a gap of fourteen years the French Association has revived its awards.  Recognising particularly the improvements in landscaping, the Association gave awards in six categories: Architectural Innovation, Urban Integration, Rural Integration, Recycling, Materials Management, and Innovative Design.  If you can read French, click here to read the article in SNBPE magazine; and even if […]

Developments in concrete practice

September 16th, 2015|

Here are three innovations in concrete practice that we have come across recently.  First is a new test method for assessment of pumpability.  Though experienced concrete people often say that the concrete pump itself is the best test for pumpability, it is too late when you discover that concrete won’t pump, and several loaded trucks […]

A practical look at carbonation

September 16th, 2015|

Carbonation of concrete is an issue which will increasingly concern concrete producers.  It is increasingly a matter for concrete practice as well as science:

how to deal with it in terms of CO2 uptake (a kind of negative emission) is one of the points at issue in drafting Product Category Rules which will be needed for […]

Permeable concrete

September 16th, 2015|

In the United States, permeable concrete is seen as one of the great marketing opportunities for the readymix industry.  In Europe we seem to have given it less attention.  However, the Finnish industry has taken some important steps, with an organised development programme.  This was reported recently in betoni magazine, and you can look at it […]

European Ready Mixed Concrete Industry Statistics Year 2014

July 21st, 2015|

European Ready Mixed Concrete Industry Statistics based on the Y2014 production data.

Starting from this year, the ERMCO Statistics are available to the public as a digital download, available for purchase at our store.
Purchase here the ERMCO Statistics 2014.

Concrete and Contractors

December 9th, 2014|

Notes, suggestions, precautions to understand the concrete at the construction site
“Concrete and contractors” is a practical handbook for operators working at the construction site and for contractors. In it you can find information and useful tips to succeed in the building process.

The notes are given in the teaching form of drawings and vignettes: the practical purpose […]


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