XVIII International Construction Forum
“Cement. Concrete. Dry Mixtures”
On November 30 – December 2, 2016 Russian capital hosted the largest event of construction industry — the XVIII International Construction Forum “Cement. Concrete. Dry Mixtures”.
The Forum was organized by the Russian Union of Builders and the International Analytical Review “ALITinform: Cement. Concrete. Dry Mixtures” and was supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Moscow city, and the Russian Union of the Drymix Mortars Producers. The status of the Forum’s General Partners was achieved by PIK Group, LSR Group, and Saint-Gobain Construction Product RUS.
The following events took place during the Forum:
- XIIInternational Specialized Exhibition “Monolithic Building: Concrete Plants. E Formwork ― ConTech”;
- IV International Exhibition “PreCast Russia: Technology. Engineering. Equipment”;
- IV International Conference “Precast Housing: Production. Design. Construction”;
- XII International Specialized Exhibition “Equipment and Plants for Cement Industry ― ExpoCem”;
- XVII International Specialized Exhibition “Dry Mixtures, Concretes and Mortars ― ExpoMix”;
- XVIII International Scientific Conference “Modern Technologies of Dry Mixtures in Construction ― MixBuild”;
- Round table on Import Substitution and Localization of Chemical Feedstock For Dry Mixtures And Concrete Production.
Over 6500 visitors participated in the exhibitions within three days. Despite the crisis year, the number of participants raised by 15 % comparing to the previous year. More than 150 companies from 15 countries presented their booths including Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, China, Belarus, and other countries. Among the participants there were manufacturers and suppliers of building materials, additives, pigments, aggregates, raw materials and relative equipment, turn-key ready plants, and many others. Comparing to 2015, in 2016 there were more manufacturers of building chemicals and raw materials. The greatest growth occurred in the segment of additives for concretes and dry mixtures.
65% of the Forum participants taking part in the exhibitions were heads, directors, technical directors of the enterprises; 25% comprised managers and specialists; 6% were representatives of scientific research institutes and universities. By the field of activities: 62% of participants were building materials manufacturers, mainly those ones producing concrete, reinforced concrete, dry mixtures and cement. About 15% comprised equipment and services manufacturers and suppliers. Directors and specialists of the construction companies numbered 13% of the exhibition participants. Besides, there were specialists of design institutes, scientific research institutes and universities.
Over 60 scientific reports were presented during the scientific and business itinerary of the Forum which was participated by 500 members of the leading scientific research institutes and universities, heads and technical specialists of the construction companies, manufacturers and suppliers of building materials, dry mixtures and relative equipment.
The scientific and business itinerary of the Forum started with the plenary session under the chairmanship of the ALIT group companies President, Chairman of the Committee for Cement, Concrete, and Dry Mixtures Dr Eduard Bolshakov. He stressed the importance of the multilateral dialogue among representatives of the construction industry from different countries, emphasized the important role of the Forum in establishing business contacts and sharing experiences among the industry specialists: equipment manufacturers, representatives of large-panel house building plants, house building factories, design institutes, cement and dry mixtures manufacturers.
A welcome-speech was delivered to the audience by the President of the Russian Union of Builders, Mr. Vladimir Yakovlev. He emphasized the possibility to overcome the existing challenges hindering the construction industry development by means of such efficient measures undertaken by the government as financial support of the regional developers, dilapidated housing liquidation, and the BIM-technologies evolution.
The recent developments by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia were outlined by the Deputy Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials, Mr. Roman Kuprin. He noted that the Ministry has developed and is currently implementing a set of interconnected measures to initiate growth of a competitive, Hi-Tech-based industry of construction materials. The industry, as the administrator put it, will follow the innovative development route and will eventually curtail Russian dependence on the imported materials and technologies.
A special view of the year’s results and the future prospects was delivered to the audience by the Managing Partner of the SM-Pro company Vladimir Guz. Based on the 2015 annual statistics and the data on the first half of 2016, the expert outlined his forecast for production and demand levels as well as costs of the basic construction materials for the period up to 2020.
The Forum’s first foreign spokesman was professor of the Technical University of Muenchen Dr Johann Plank who described the current developments in the sphere of dry mixture additives. In particular, Prof. Plank discoursed on the additives currently gaining traction: quick-dissolving polycarboxylate ethers for self-leveling compounds, phosphate-based superplasticizers, polymer accelerators for calcium-aluminate cements, granular aerogels for thermal insulation, etc.
A lecture by Dr. Theo Salet triggered a vivid interest of the public as it was devoted to the cutting-edge construction science — the 3D concrete printing of designer-houses. The professor of the Eindhoven Technical University believes that this technology should open new brilliant prospects in construction, bringing about unprecedented freedom of architectural creativity and decrease in manpower input, at the same time, facilitating unique, designer-class structures building.
The topic of the precast housing was delved into by Philipp Meuser, Managing Director of Meuser Architekten GmbH, CEO of DOM Publishers. The speaker emphasized high potential of large-panel construction in regard to historical, aesthetical, and technical aspects of the modern city districts to be designed and constructed. According to Dr Meuser, the well-proven technology can help in solving bad problems the present-day Europe faces in terms of affordable municipal dwellings due to the migration crisis all over the continent.
Upon completion of the plenary session, the Forum proceeded with two specialized scientific and technical conferences — MixBuild and Precast Housing. Leading specialists from Russia, Germany, China, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Belgium and other countries presented their scientific reports.
Participants of the MixBuild Conference considered current issues of dry mixtures production and their practical application.
The participants of the Section devoted to the modern additives to the dry mixtures chaired by Dr Plank discussed ecologically-friendly binders and additives, use of methyl cellulosic, properties of starch ethers in dry mixtures, special features of sprayed concrete with polymer additives and the role on nano-tech in quality processing of cement surfaces. Intense attention was also drawn to the report of Dr Sergei Sivkov, Department Chairman of Dmitry Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. He spoke about bio-cement and biological additives for concrete and dry mixtures. Besides, at the session participants could visit the lectures by leading Russian and foreign experts from various R&D centers and companies: Dmitry Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Wacker AG, Dow Construction Chemicals, Vinavil Spa.
A special Round table discussion was arranged for viewing the problems and prospects of chemical admixtures industry in Russia in relation to a trendy theme of import substitution and production localization. Leading Russian experts shared their view on the topic: Grigory Balmasov, deputy CEO of the ETS Group, Natalya Korotkova, CEO of the R&D Center OOO NPP Macromer, Sergei Ibragimov, Head of the R&D Department with OOO Sika, Dmitry Nazarov, Development Director of the Novy Mir company.
The results of the discussion were summed up by Eduard Bolshakov. He noted that import substitution and production localization for chemical admixtures aimed for dry mixtures and concretes are highly important for manufacturers as this will allow to reduce the additives cost, and subsequently, will sharply lower products cost, which will result in the growing demand for production.
The Precast Housing Conference invited experts in the sphere of prefab large-panel construction for the fourth time. The event annually attracts more and more attention of the Russian and foreign experts and is rightly called one of the largest precast housing events in Europe. Professionals from many countries such as Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, etc. delivered their lectures and shared view within the framework of the Conference.
One of the main topics of the Conference was the technology of energy-efficient construction with triple-layer reinforced concrete panels. Dr Vladimir Gagarin, a leading Russian expert in heating engineering and the head of a laboratory with the R&D Institute for Structural Physics of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, was a chairman of the session devoted to this problem. Experts attempted to answer the question if there is any future for the triple-layer reinforced concrete panels in Russia.
As a matter of the established practice, the second day of the Conference introduced a session of our general information partner, BFT International, Germany. The experts of the session being chaired by the BFT Editor-in-Chief Christian Jan discussed relevant issues of prefabricated concrete production at prefab concrete factories and house-building factories.
On the last day of the Forum the participants had an opportunity to take part in workplace visits arranged to give the Forum attendants an overview of the operating Russian construction enterprises in Moscow city and Moscow Region.
The participants of the MixBuild Conference went to visit a dry mixtures manufacturer, Saint-Gobain’s Weber-Vetonit factory in the Egorievsk town near Moscow. The Precast Housing Conference participants could enjoy the tour to integrated house-building factory GRAD located in Moscow region, and a factory owned by the LSR Group located in the city.
Dear colleagues, in a year, on November 29 – December 1, 2017, the XIX Forum “Cement. Concrete. Dry Mixtures” will open its doors again welcoming its audience to the Moscow Expocentre. Looking forward to seeing you in the forthcoming event.
Michael Weingaertler, construction market expert, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Austria
"Well-organised, excellent speakers and high participation — a very beneficial event!"
"This is my first time in Russia. Interest presentations. A lot of new impressions and new experiences."