What is the ready-mixed concrete industry
Ready-mix concrete industry in motion in many ways
Dr. Erwin Kern
(16.9.2015) "In motion" - that was this year's motto of the annual conference of the Federal Association of the German Ready-Mixed Concrete Industry (BTB). Around 150 specialists and executives from the industry met on September 10 in Frankfurt to discuss the economic situation in the industry and to find out about the association's activities.
The old board is the new board
The day before, Dr. Erwin Kern was re-elected as its President by the BTB Board of Directors. His deputies Pius Geiger, Michael Gieding and Michael Weber were also confirmed in their offices as Vice Presidents.
In his opening speech, Dr. Core reference to the motto of the event. In the ready-mixed concrete industry, a lot is "in motion" - due to restructuring and mergers on the part of the companies (see e.g. LafargeHolcim), as well as within the association landscape. But "on the move" is an appropriate guiding theme for the association because "we confidently claim that we are on the move for our members and that we can actually achieve something for them by bundling their interests."
Ready-mixed concrete in dialogue
The topics of marketing, training as well as concrete and construction technology were on the conference program. Ulrich Nolting, Managing Director of the newly formed Information Center Concrete (IZB), presented the new structure and the new appearance of the organization entrusted with the marketing of the building material concrete - see also the Baulinks article "Information Center Concrete replaces previous concrete marketing organizations" from 2.7.2015.
The ready-mixed concrete industry is also “on the move” in its activities to attract trainees for the branch. BTB General Manager Dr. Olaf Aßbrock looked back on the measures taken last year and gave an outlook on what the BTB will do in the coming months. Among other things, the association had published a brochure on the apprenticeship as a "process mechanic for transport concrete", as well as the website process mechaniker.de and a professional film:
A guideline for the members of the association is also being prepared, which will provide information on how to become a training company and how to win trainees for your own company.
Second attempt for the norm
In the “technology block” of the event, Prof. Rolf Breitenbücher from the Ruhr University Bochum, as head of the “Concrete Technology” committee in the NABau building standards committee, explained the “BetonBauQualität BBQ” concept, which is currently being developed for the second draft of the new DIN 1045-2 becomes. It is based on a component-specific class formation and includes planning, building materials and construction. The basis for this concept is already laid out in the European standards
WiTraBau - knowledge transfer in construction
Since the beginning of 2015, the Research Association Transportbeton e. V. (FTB) launched the new research project “WiTraBau - Knowledge Transfer in Construction” within a consortium. FTB speaker Andreas Tuan Phan presented the project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Coordinated by the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete e.V. (DAfStb), building material innovations are to be evaluated in a transdisciplinary manner with other network partners by the end of 2018 and publicized through publications and events. The focus is on the often difficult transfer from science to construction practice. The project is part of the BMBF's materials research program and thus a component of the federal government's new “high-tech strategy”.
Growth of 2.6% in 2014! Slight decline in 2015?
On the occasion of the ready-mixed concrete days, the BTB published current economic data for the industry. With a production of around 46.8 million m³, the 540 German ready-mixed concrete companies and their 1,890 stationary and mobile ready-mixed concrete plants can look back on an overall successful 2014. Nationwide, the increase in ready-mix concrete production was around 2.6%.
The association also sees the development of the company's turnover as positive, which last year was around 3.2 billion euros (+ 5.5%). In the new federal states the growth in turnover was 4.4%, in the old federal states 5.7%.
In the current year, however, the industry is suffering from weak demand in non-public building construction and civil engineering. Overall, the BTB expects a slight decrease in ready-mixed concrete production of around two percent for 2015. Dr. Erwin Kern said in Frankfurt: “The infrastructure programs announced by the federal government will lead to additional investments, especially in road and bridge construction, whose actual impact on the demand for building materials is expected in 2016 at the earliest. Accordingly, there is little potential for the German ready-mixed concrete industry in this area for the current year. "
Outlook: 50 years of BTB
In September 2016, the Federal Transport Concrete Association will hold its annual conference with the ninth edition of its specialist congress “Transport Concrete Practice”. The congress alternates with the ready-mixed concrete days. Customers and partners from the ready-mixed concrete industry are also invited. 2016 is a special year for the industry as the federal association is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The conference in Berlin will honor this in a ceremony.
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