drymix.info Newsletter 225/2019

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drymix.info Newsletter 225/2019; ISSN Number 1613-0111; 19. August 2019

1. Remembering Egon Katz de Castro

2. Annual Meeting of the Malaysia Drymix Mortar Manufacturer's Association PPM in Kuala Lumpur, 27.8.19

3. The Thai Chapter of SEADMA Signs MoU with TCA and SEADMA on 29.8.19

4. MEDMA Oman Drymix Mortar Showcase, 7. October 2019, Muscat: Program

5. Sixth Latin American Drymix Mortar Conference, São Paulo, Brasil, 7.11.19: Program

6. Safic-Alcan Joins drymix.info as a Distribution Partner

7. Sika Increases Capacity for Drymix Mortars in Serbia

8. Blackstone Acquires Distribution Business of CRH

1. Remembering Egon Katz de Castro

Egon Katz de Castro, was born in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany has recently passed away at age 98 in Alphaville (near São Paulo). In 1937, just migrated to Brasil, he was one of the founders of Argamassas Quartzolit in São Paulo. Already in 1945, Quarzolit launched its Reboquit range of renders, and later, in 1972, the very successful Cimentcola cementitious tile adhesives and grouts were presented to the market. With these and other products, Quarzolit has maintained its undisputed market leadership in Brasil up until today. Egon Katz de Castro sold Quarzolit in 1997 to Saint Gobain Weber.

Egon Katz de Castro has substantially contributed to the success of drymix mortar technology in Brasil and South America. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends, represented by his son, Ricardo.

2. Annual Meeting of the Malaysia Drymix Mortar Manufacturer's Association PPM in Kuala Lumpur, 27. 8.19

The Malaysia Drymix Mortar Manufacturer’s Professional Association PPM (Pertubuhan Pengilang Mortar Pra-Bancuh Malaysia) convenes for its annual meeting at Le Méridien Hotel KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday 27. August 2019. The meeting will take place from 11:00 to 15:00. Discussion items are the taxation of drymix mortars (legal expertise), the introduction of PPM to Malaysian authorities such as the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) and the welcoming of new members (such as Saint Gobain Weber Malaysia).

The meeting is free of charge for registered members, industry observers are welcome at a fee (please enquire with us).

3. The Thai Chapter of SEADMA Signs MoU with TCA and SEADMA on 29.8.19

Already since 2008, The South East Asia Drymix Mortar Association SEADMA has collaborated with the relevant drymix mortar manufacturers in Thailand to form a local chapter. Back in 2016, SEADMA's Thai Chapter was formed. The Thailand Concrete Association (TCA) agreed to provide the means of formal organization of the SEADMA Thai Chapter in 2017 and hosts the activity since then. In the recent months, the SEADMA Thai Chapter has further organized itself and formulated a Memory of Unterstanding (MoU) with SEADMA to govern the internal relationships. In a formal ceremony, this MoU will be signed at TCA headquarters in Bangkok.

All SEADMA members as well as the Thai Chapter members are warmly invited to this ceremony. It takes place on Thursday, 29. August 2019, from 11:00 to 13:00. We will also discuss joint actions for 2019/2020 during this meeting.

The meeting is free of charge for registered members, industry observers are welcome at a fee (please enquire with us).

4. MEDMA Oman Drymix Mortar Showcase, 7. October 2019, Muscat: Program

The Middle East Drymix Mortar Association MEDMA e.V. and Al Nimr Group invite Omani construction experts and industry peers from the GCC region to its first Oman Drymix Mortar Showcase. The event takes place on 7. October 2019 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center in Muscat. This event is being hosted and promoted by Al Nimr Group, the organizers of Infra Oman, which takes place right then and there (actually from 7. to 9. October 2019).

Here is a short glimpse at our program (subject to change without notice):

JK Cement, Louai Taha Baba: The Use of White Cement in Drymix Mortar Formulations(tbd.): Machine Applied Cementitious Renders – the Competitive Choice

Haver & Boecker Middle East; (tbd. Michael Mestekemper): Bag to the FutureM-tec, Kutlu Güvenc: Drymix Mortar Plants and Jobsite Machinery

MEDMA, Ferdinand Leopolder: An Overview of Drymix Mortar Technology – Locally and Globally

Thomas Bell Wright Laboratories, Abhishek Chhabra: Thermal Insulation Systems EIFS: Testing of Fire Resistance

Wacker Chemie, Mohammed Sanaobar: The Installation of Large Format Vitrified Wall and Floor Tiles

Pre-registration is recommended, admission is free of charge. All interested experts can apply for an admission pass by e-mail to info(at)drymix.info.

5. Sixth Latin American Drymix Mortar Conference, São Paulo, Brasil, 7.11.19: Program

For the sixth time, drymix.info invites to the Latin American Drymix Mortar Conference ladmmc six (Sexta Conferência Latino Americana de Argamassas ladmmc six). The conference takes place on Thursday, 7. November 2019, at Espaço Transatlântico, São Paulo, Brasil, 7.11. 2019. The Drymix Mortar Yearbook 2019 will be distributed to all delegates.

On 6. November 2019, we plan an excursion for interested delegates to a project of Cidades sem fome, an urban harvesting site. The founder of this NGO, Hans Dieter Tremp  will guide us. Advance registration is mandatory, we need to arrange for bus transfer. This excursion is free of charge, we hope we can convince you to make a donation to this excellent initiative (drymix.info will donate 1.000 Euro from the proceeds of ladmmc six).

Our Technical Chairman, Mario Kristeller has made his decisions, here is a preliminary overview of our program (sorted alphabetically by company, subject to change without notice):

Arkema, Neide Jiuliani: Water Reduction: a PCE Powder in the Ethacryl - Portfolio

Redução de Água: um PCE em Pó no Portfolio Ethacryl

Cimental, Naila Nicolau: Comparative Study of Tile Adhesives tested according to NBR 14081 using Slabs of different Thicknesses

Estudo Comparativo ensaiando Argamassas Colantes conforme  a NBR 14081 usando Placas Substrato de diferentes Expessuras

Ciplan, Eng. Yllo Castro: Spraying of Mortars stored in Silos - Case Studies of Works in Goiânia/GO

Projeção de Argamassas Estocadas em Silo – Estudo de Caso de Obras em Goiânia/GO

Dow Construction Chemicals, Eduardo Cruz: Is the Polymer Tg of an RDP Driving the Deformability in a Cementitious System?

A Deformabilidade de um Sistema Cimentício é dirigida pela Tg de um Pó Redispersível?

Formitex, Celeste Bo Sung Kim: New HPMC Products for Tile Adhesives

Novos Produtos de HPMC para Argamassas Colantes

Haver & Boecker, (tbd.): Bag to the Future - State of the Art Packaging Technology

Bag to the Future - Tecnologia de Embalagem de Última Geração

Imerys, (tbd.): A New Generation Poly Carboxylate Ether (PCE) Superplasticizer Dedicated to Flooring Application

Um Superplastificante de Poly Carboxylate Ether (PCE) de Nova Geração Dedicado à Aplicação de Autonivellantes

Parex (now Sika), Jefferson Venhasque: Acoustic Mortars to reduce Impact Noise between Floors, Technical Offers for the Brazilian Market

Argamassas Acústicas para reduzir o Ruído de Impacto entre Pavimentos, Soluções Técnicas para o Mercado Brasileiro

Saint Gobain Weber Quarzolit, Sofia Busico: Packaging Materials for Mortars: Projects and Improvements by the Weber Packaging Team

Embalagens para Argamassas: Projetos e Melhorias realizados pela Equipe do Laboratório de Embalagens da Weber

TP Chemicals, Dr. Andreas Lumpp: High Quality Cellulose Ethers from Tianpu Chemical: Properties and Applications

Éteres de Celulose de Alta Qualidade da Tianpu Chemical: Propriedades e Aplicações

Votorantim Cimentos, Marcus Coimbra Israel: Sprayed Mortar, the Great Pillar of Productivity, understanding the Technical and Economic Viabilities

Argamassa Projetada, o Grande Pilar da Produtividade, entendendo as Viabilidades Técnica e Econômica

Wacker Chemie, Dr. Klaus Bonin: Polymer-Modified Self-Filling Concrete Compounds - A Concept for Dry-Mix Concrete

Concretos do Tipo Self Filling modificados com Polímeros - Um Conceito de Argamassa Industrializada para Concreto

Our standard pricing applies for ladmmc six: admission is 390 Euro, reduced to 290 Euro for members of drymix.info, drymix mortar producers pay only 190 Euro. If you are booking your admission online, a 30 Euro bonus gets deducted from the prices above.

6. Safic-Alcan Joins drymix.info as a Distribution Partner

Safic-Alcan SA, Paris La-Defense, France has decided to join drymix.info as a Distribution Partner. Founded in 1847 as a trading company, Safic-Alcan is today a globally active specialty chemicals distributor. Safic-Alcan has 25 offices and warehouses located in Europe, Middle East, Asia and America. The company is supplying resins, pigments and additives to the Coatings, Inks, Adhesives and Construction Materials industries. Safic-Alcan also develops own branded products for drymix mortar industries. Sales revenues for 2018 amounted to 611 mio Euro, Safic-Alcan employs 585 people worldwide.We warmly welcome Safic-Alcan Group to our community.

7. Sika Increases Capacity for Drymix Mortars in Serbia

Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland, has recently increased its production capacity for drymix mortars at its existing plant in Simanovci, Serbia (near Novi Belgrade). The company also added a new warehousing facility. Apart from producing mortars for Serbia, the Simanovci plant is central manufacturing location for the surrounding nations Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Hungary and Bulgaria. According to Sika, Serbia itself offers a multitude of chances in the field of infrastructure repair and development, from sewers to road, rail and supporting structures. International investments are soaring also into residential and light commercial real estate e.g. the Belgrade Waterfront project.

8. Blackstone Acquires European Distribution Business of CRH

Blackstone Group LP, New York City, NV, USA has recently acquired the European distribution and retail operations of CRH, Dublin, Ireland. According to CRH, the European business of its division General Builders Merchants, including its heating and sanitary business was sold for 1.640 mio Euro. The German operations, branded Bauking, are part of the deal. The transaction is still subject to the usual regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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