drymix.info News 137/2013

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drymix.info Newsletter 137/2013; ISSN Number 1613-0111; 04. July 2013

1. Drymix.info Live on Wednesday, 10. July 2013
2. SEADMA: Technical Symposium at CIDB, Malaysia on 28. August 2013 in KL
3. 8th Annual SEADMA Conference in November: Change of Location
4. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Symposium in Munich, Germany, 17. and 18. 9. 2013
5. ladmmc three, 08. November 2013, Sao Paulo, Brasil: Programme
6. Doubrava Files for Bankruptcy
7. Lafarge Sells its North American Gypsum Activities to Lone Star Funds
8. Rockwool Lays Cornerstone for New Plant in Mississippi, USA
9. Sika Takes Over Everbuild Building Products
10. Post Conference Report: Second European Mortar Summit, 6. and 7. June 2013, Barcelona, Spain

1. Drymix.info LIVE on Wednesday, 10. July 2013

Hard to believe that this is already the fourth edition of our drymix.info LIVE. The word of this new feature is spreading. The live-blog in July will feature a summary on the coming events for 2013 and the first half of 2014. The participants can also enjoy the vast collection of lectures-on-demand as well as the Industry Showcase with booths by major suppliers to the drymix mortar industry and chat online with Ferdinand Leopolder, once he has completed his speech.

Mark the date! This is accessible from anywhere around the world through the internet:
Wednesday, 10. July 2013, from 14.30 - 15.30h CET.

You all are warmly invited to join us, it is fun, free of charge and a casual monthly industry gathering. Just use your drymix-convention login data or register new via www.drymix-convention.net (you can also upload a photo of yourself, this makes the chatting much more lively). We are looking forward to meet you on the internet soon.

2. SEADMA: Technical Symposium at CIDB, Malaysia on 28. August 2013 in KL

The South East Asia Drymix Mortar Association SEADMA is proudly announcing its second cooperation with the Malaysia Construction Industry Development Board CIDB: The Second Malaysia Executive Forum takes place at Putra Jaya World Trade Center (where CIDB is headquartered) on Wednesday, 28. August 2013. CIDB will invite contractors, developers as well as architects and consultants to this event, while SEADMA members are reponsible for the programme (preliminary listing):

Industrial Application of Exterior Renders and Plasters (Lafarge); Practical Examples for Skim Coat Applications (Pye Products); Tile Application on the Exterior of High Rise Buildings (Laticrete); Mortar Handling by Silos, Pumps and Mixers - the Future for Malaysia Construction Industry (tbd.); Standardisation of Mortars (SEADMA). A panel discussion about the environmental advantages of modern drymix mortar technology completes the programme, this panel is being moderated by renowned Sustainable Development Expert Matthias Gelber and features members of CIDB and SEADMA.

Attendance to this event is by personal invitation only, SEADMA members and interested third parties can apply at info@drymix.info. Cover charge for SEADMA members is 1.000 MYR (242 Euro), for non-members it is 1.500 MYR (363 Euro). Lecturing fees apply. Sponsoring is welcome, please enquire with us.

3. 8th Annual SEADMA Conference in November: Change of Location

The location for the 8th Annual SEADMA Conference, taking place on Thursday, 28. November 2013 in Kuala Lumpur was changed for the convenience of our international delegates: the only conference on drymix mortar topics in South East Asia will be taking place at Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This hotel is located right next to the train station KL Sentral, which has direct non-stop service to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA ekspres).

During 8th Annual SEADMA Conference the Annual General Meeting will take place, where the members will elect SEADMA's new Board. The Call for Papers for this conference is still running until 24. July 2013, chosen lectures will be announced in one of the next drymix.info Newsletters. The Technical Bulletin 08 will be published on occasion of this event. Sponsoring of course is welcome, please enquire with us.

4. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Symposium in Munich, Germany, 17. and 18. 9. 2013

The Symposium  Reduce Reuse Recycle ("RRR MUC"), takes place in Munich, Germany on 17. and 18. 9. 2013. Architect Prof. Muck Petzet and Technische Universität München (TUM) are staging this event as follow-up of the exhibition in the German Pavillion at the 13. International Architecture Biennale di Venezia 2012 (which M. Petzet curated). The Symposium in Munich is being accompanied by an exhibition, which includes pieces from the original installation as well as case studies on Munich RRR projects (or rather proposals) by students of TUM (the exhibition runs until 6.10.2013).

The approach "RRR" focussed on the smart re-design and energetic optimization of the urban landscape with focus on rather preserving existing buildings and their intrinsic "grey energy" than tearing them down and build anew. Especially in Munich, where many post-war buildings are in danger of being destroyed and the prices paid for plots are astronomical, the RRR discussion is necessary. RRR MUC shows alternative scenarios on the handling of long-standing buildings in Munich who are planned to be demolished, e.g. the S-Bahn-Station Olympiastadion or the Central Train Station. The exhibition wants to show concrete possibilities for development for present public and private break-down projects. RRR MUC shall spur the architectural debate, inspire universities and also influence the public discussion and awareness.

RRR MUC is being supported by the German Ministry of Traffic, Construction and Urban Development (BMVBS) the organizing team consists of Muck Petzet, industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, Sally Below Cultural Affairs, Erica Overmeer, Thomas Mayfried, Swantje Grundler und drymix.info.

The drymix mortar industry is providing the majority of the materials for such "preservative renovation" and thus is a main contributor of systems to new RRR strategies. Examples are EIFS, concrete renovation and interior (re-) decoration products. We here at drymix.info coordinate the sponsoring activities for RRR MUC, please contact us via info@drymix.info.

5. ladmmc three, 08. November 2013, Sao Paulo, Brasil: Programme

The Third Latin American Drymix Mortar Conference and Industry Showcase ladmmc three takes place at Club Transatlantico, Sao Paulo, Brasil on Friday, 8. November 2013. Over 130 delegates from throughout the Americas as well as from Eurpe and Eastern Asia are expected during this (only) conference on technical topics concerning drymix mortars in South America. Suppliers and manufacturers with focus on the area can show their suport for this important industry gathering by sponsoring the event, many options are still available, please enquire with drymix.info.

The Technical Chairman Mario Kristeller has reviewd the proposals for lecturing and put together the folowing programme (about 50% of the lectures will be held in portuguese, simultaneous translation to and from english is available for all delegates):
Akzo Nobel Chemicals , Jörg Lang: Skim Coats – How Organic Additives improve the Quality
Ashland, Andreas Lumpp: Performance Solutions for Cement-Based Dry Mortars
Cimental, Naila Nicolau: Some Aspects Regarding the Supply of Additive Premixes for Local Drymix Mortar Manufacturers
Dow Construction Chemicals, Ana Claudia Barboza: Innovation and technology development of Cellulose Ethers, Redispersible Powders and Acrylic Emulsions enabling sustainability in construction materials and applications
Dow Corning, J.-P. Lecomte, M. Ribeiro: Silicon-based Hydrophobic Powders - New Development and Utilization in Drymix Mortar
Kerneos, Adriana Borovsky,: Benefits of Synergy between Calcium Aluminate Cement (CAC) and Organic Additives for Self-Levelling Products Formulated with Brasilian Raw Materials
Momentive, Charles Bobichon: Performances of VAM/VeoVa based Redispersible Powders in Polymer-Modified Concrete for CTA applications
Parex, Valéria Almeida and Jefferson Venhasque: Large Format Porcellanates: Technical Choice of Mortar Systems - Phase 2
Rejuntabras, David Felix: Introduction of a New Phosphorescent Tile Grout
Saint Gobain Weber, Rafaela Camargo, Paul Houang: How to Improve Shelf-life and Maintain Quality of Drymix Mortars by Changing the Packaging
Samsung, Yongsu Kang: Adhesion and Setting Properties of CTA Depends on Contents of Blast Furnace Slag and Types of Cellulose Ethers
Sofraden, Jean-Christophe Champier: An Efficient Control System which Improves the Performance of Drymix Mortar Production Plants
Votorantim, Isac da Silva: Shear strength of Tile Adhesives
Wacker, Marcelo Borba Guimaraes: A New Test Set up to Fix Large Format Tiles with Cementitious Tile Adhesive
Werden, Anselmo Policarpo: A New Method to Apply Self-Levelling Underlayments

6. Doubrava Files for Bankruptcy

Doubrava GmbH & Co. KG of Attnang-Puchheim, Austria has announced the fact that it filed for bankruptcy. The company had been searching for an investor for a longer period of time. After not being able to secure alternative financing, the board had to make this decision this week since also incoming orders were very weak in 2013, when compared with 2012. Doubrava had a turnover of roughly 50 mio Euro in 2013, with 235 employees of which 53 already had to be laid off.

Doubrava was founded in 1945. It is specialized in plant engineering and construction for concrete and drymix products as well as conveying technology. About 80% of the annual turnover are being exported. The next steps in the bankruptcy process have not been disclosed yet. The subsidiary Doubrava Hochbau GmbH is not affected by the insolvency.

7. Lafarge Sells its North American Gypsum Activities to Lone Star Funds

Lafarge SA, Paris, France has announced the sale of its subsidiary's North American Gypsum assets at an enterprise value of 700 mio USD (533 mio Euro) to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds. This gypsum division manufactures gypsum wallboards and joint compounds in several plants in the US and Canada. In 2012, these operations generated sales of 310 mio USD.  During the last 12 months, Lafarge has focussed the entire group onto its core business, which has been defined as Cement, Aggregates and Ready-mix Concrete (we reported earlier). The transaction is subject to the customary closing conditions and is expected to close soon.

8. Rockwool Lays Cornerstone for New Plant in Mississippi, USA

With a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony the management of Rockwool Group, headquartered in Hedehusene, Denmark, started the construction work for the first production site of the company in the US at the beginning of May. The plant, located in Marshall County, Mississippi will contain a state-of-the-art stone wool production and will cover up to 600.000 square meters. The investment at the new site is estimated to be 123 mio Euro (160 mio USD), in the future, about 150 employees will work there.

The Rockwool Group was founded in 1937. It has more than 9,700 employees in over 40 countries. In 2012 the Group generated sales of close to 2.000 mio Euro (DKK 14.664 mio).

9. Sika Takes Over Everbuild Building Products

Sika AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has taken over Everbuild Building Products Ltd. from Leeds, Great Britain. Everbuild is an independent manufacturer of Adhesives and Sealants as well as of Construction Chemical Products. The entity has a turnover of 73,2 mio Euro and 270 employees. In the future, Everbuild will keep its management and will be run as a subsidiary of Sika UK (Welwyn Garden City, UK). The merger is intended to strengthen the market presence of Sika in the construction chemicals industry as well as the sales channel towards professionals and the do-it-yourself markets.

10. Post Conference Report: Second European Mortar Summit, 6. and 7. June 2013, Barcelona, Spain

The European Mortar Summit 2013 took place in Barcelona on 6. and 7. of June, organized by the European Mortar Organization and supported by drymix.info. This conference proved to be one of the most important industry events in 2013. A large amount of delegates from Europe and all over the world registered, this year with a record attendance by drymix mortar manufacturers. The program included invited lectures from renowned industry experts and also featured a panel discussion. The topics of this year's summit were highlighting new trends in architecture and product application, sustainability, green building and regulatory work.

The Summit started with a festive Gala Dinner at Restaurant Principal on 6. which provided the delegates with a podium to first meet and network in a more casual environment. The actual lecturing programme started on Friday, 7. June at 09:00. The summit's main sponsor was Ciments Molins, other supporters were Kerneos, Momentive, Neuvendis, Nubiola, Organik Kimya, Parex, Poraver, Saint Gobain Weber and Wacker.

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