Organized by Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association (THBB), the Beton İstanbul 2017 Ready Mixed Concrete Congress was held in Istanbul on 13-14 April 2017. In addition to academicians and researchers, approximately 440 delegates consisting of the representatives of the ready mixed concrete sector and sub-industry firms attended the Congress held in two separate halls in Istanbul Fair Center. At the Beton İstanbul 2017 Congress held in honor of Prof. Dr. Saim Akyüz, 64 papers that will contribute to the improvement of the sector were presented under the headings of concrete components, quality inspection in production and onsite, special concretes, concrete design and solutions in specific projects, concrete, recovery and recycling in concrete production, concrete pavements, and motorway concrete safety structures, and the latest developments in the concrete technology.
In the inauguration ceremony held on 13 April 2017, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development; Yavuz Işık, Chair of the Board of European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) and THBB; academicians, and researchers as well as the representatives of the ready mixed concrete sector and sub-industry firms participated.
Yavuz Işık, Chair of the Board of European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) and THBB, who gave a speech in the inauguration ceremony, stated that the ready mixed concrete sector is the most significant component of the construction sector with its 109 million cubic-meter production and over 16 billion-TL revenue volumes.
Yavuz Işık continued his speech as follows: “In 1988, the year Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association (THBB) was founded, annually 1,5 million m3 concrete was being produced in our country and the production has been increased to 109 million m3 per annum. With this growth performance, Turkey has been the leader in concrete production in Europe since 2009 and the third biggest ready mixed concrete producer in the world after China and the US.
As THBB, we believed in improvement and progress and as a result of it, we brought the Presidency of European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) to Turkey at the General Meeting held last year in Berlin. This way, we had more influence at ERMCO in which we had been acting as a member since 1991. Through this achievement, we acquired the power of being able to furnish the demands and agendas of the concrete producers in Turkey to the authorities in Europe. With such power, we seized the opportunity to have a voice about and contribute to the concrete policies made in the European Union countries.”
BETON 2017 CONGRESS
BETON 2017 CONGRESS
The most important sector meeting of the year: Beton Istanbul 2017 Fair
“Beton Istanbul 2017 Ready Mixed Concrete, Cement, Aggregate, Construction Technologies and Equipment Fair” was held by Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association and Kalite Fairs concurrently with the Beton Istanbul 2017 Congress. The most important sector meeting of the year took place at Istanbul Expo Center on April 13-15, 2017. 65 firms with 150 brands participated in the Fair.
In the inauguration ceremony of Beton Istanbul 2017 Fair held on April 13, 2017, Yavuz Işık, Chair of the Boards of Directors European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) and THBB as well as the representatives of the ready mixed concrete sector and sub-industries participated.
Giving a speech in the inauguration ceremony, Yavuz Işık, Chair of the Boards of Directors European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) and THBB mentioned the contributions of fairs for the development of sectors and said that it is not sufficient to conduct quality production and release on the market to be able to sell the goods.
Inviting attentions to the importance of establishing communication with the target groups by taking part in a right organization at a right place and time, Yavuz Işık said, “Hence, we are organizing fairs every year to contribute to the development of our sector. We are honored to welcome you once again in our Fair we organized this year.”
Yavuz Işık continued his speech as follows: “Presently, 540 firms with 1,264 facilities are active in the ready mixed concrete sector. 88 firms that are our members are fulfilling 65 percent of the production with their 351 facilities. The turnover of our sector that has 109 million cubic-meter production meter is 16 billion Turkish Liras.
Our sector provides substantial contributions to the construction sector, and accordingly the country economy, with its employment volume of over 38 thousand. These figures show us manifestly that the ready mixed concrete sector is the most fundamental branch of the construction sector.
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