Construction materials and logistics company Wagners has won first place in the prestigious 2016 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Excellence in Concrete Awards for its Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) innovation.
Wagners director Joe Wagner accepted the international award on behalf of the privately-owned company at the ACI’s gala dinner attended by more than 300 people in Philadelphia this week.
Mr Wagner said it was a pivotal moment for the EFC team and Wagners to have received such an accolade for their innovation, with EFC already on the international radar.
Wagners has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the $11b Indian conglomerate, JSW Group’s - JWS Cement, to introduce the EFC technology into the Indian marketplace as early as next year.
“We are extremely proud of our geopolymer concrete innovation (EFC), particularly in its application at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport project, which formed the basis of our ACI submission.
“A special thanks must go to the Concrete Institute of Australia for nominating us for the award,” said Mr Wagner, who joined more than 3000 delegates at the ACI conference this week.
He said the award was a positive step towards generating product awareness is a market that had little knowledge of the super performance of geopoylmers, especially in the USA - the biggest user of concrete pavement in the world.
“This world recognition will go a long way towards assisting us overseas to have standards changed to support the product’s introduction.
“It will help the construction industry meet the global consumer needs of a commercial and environmentally-sustainable concrete across the world,” Mr Wagner said.
The Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport project was the largest application of modern geopolymer concrete in the world, which created a total carbon emission reduction across the project of 6,600 tonnes compared to using conventional concrete, Mr Wagner said.
“EFC contains no Portland cement, instead we use recycled waste products (blast furnace slag from steel production and fly ash from coal fired power) creating a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mr Wagner.
More than 50,000m³ of EFC was used through the entire airport and associated business park development, including aircraft pavements that form the taxiway and aprons, turning node and hangars at the airport.
EFC has high flexural and tensile strength as well as very low shrinkage making it an ideal choice for slip formed aircraft and road pavement construction.
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