Not only does 2014 mark a time of growth for Africa, but also a time of distinct development for the cement, concrete and construction industries. Growth markets are anticipated across sub-Saharan Africa, spurring rapid infrastructure development and the construction business opportunities that come with it.With a myriad of building and construction projects underway, the prospect of high returns from project tenders is bringing hundreds of industry stakeholders to the Totally Concrete East Africa conference and technology display showcase.

The delivery of timely and sustainable infrastructure in east Africa requires effective industry collaboration both domestically and across borders, next generation building technology, and innovative materials. Historically, it has been a very real challenge to complete construction projects on budget and on time in Africa and the injection of new practices and technologies is vital to fast-track development.

Many of the latest innovations in engineering and building technologies are arriving in Africa for the first time at Totally Concrete East Africa, taking place from 28 – 30 October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
It is now estimated that the annual demand for cement in east Africa is nine million metric tons, with only four million being produced in the region. The deficit is not only being made up by imports but also through new cement plants being built in a number countries.

This high-level forum will feature over 40+ presentations and debates including African and international players from the cement concrete industries and is designed for the entire construction value chain including architects, cement and concrete producers, contractors, engineers, government and suppliers to the industry.
Says Wolfram Schmidt, a special VIP guest speaker at the event and world renowned concrete technologist from BAM Federal Institute for Materials Testing and Research in Germany, “The entire region is developing at vast velocity, and the construction market is a relevant – if not the most relevant – market to accompany and foster the positive developments in the region. Therefore, cement and concrete are the most important materials, but the African framework also exhibits a number of peculiarities, which are very interesting from a researcher’s point of view. Since to date cement and concrete are less established in Africa than in many other parts in the world, people in Africa are more open-minded and less limited in their way of thinking about concrete.

“The future for construction with concrete in Africa is very promising, and you can feel an outstanding spirit of innovation and enthusiasm for innovation and non-standard ideas, which I think is quite unique in the world. I am sure that Africa is a seed for future concrete innovations, and therefore, I am happy that Totally Concrete East Africa gives me the opportunity to share ideas with my colleagues from Africa and all over the world,” according to Mr Schmidt.

An esteemed panel representing the regions’ cement producers will give a candid view of what the future holds for cement producers in east Africa, the panel features:
•     Catherine Langreney, CEO, Mbeya Cement, Tanzania
•     Busi Legodi, CEO, CIMERWA (Ciments du Rwanda), Rwanda
•     Pradeep Paunrana, CEO, ARM Cement, Kenya
•     Alfonso Rodriguez, Managing Director, Twiga Cement, Tanzania

Totally Concrete East Africa provides a crystal clear picture of where the industry is headed, recognising that next generation tools and technology are required to enhance the local and regional built environment.
Says Eng. Milton J. Nyerere, Chairman of the Association of Citizen Contractors “With east Africa on the cusp of its infrastructure revolution, Totally Concrete East Africa  brings to life a power packed conference programme focused on innovation and sustainability for both building materials and building practices…. we look forward to welcoming you in Dar es Salaam in October…”

The forum is endorsed by over 20 industry associations and sponsored by Lafarge, Twiga, Ibau Hamburg and Laticrete and will feature 20 vendors in the technology display, who will showcase some cutting edge technology as it arrives for the first time on African soil.

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