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Project establishes an African network for cement and concrete technologies

Monday, 15 August 2011

SPIN is acronym for "Spearhead Network for Innovative, Clean and Safe Cement and Concrete Technologies”. The project aims to establish sustainable cement and concrete construction in Africa.

Project establishes an african network for cement and concrete technologies Source: Pegbes - Fotolia.com

Project establishes an african network for cement and concrete technologies Source: Pegbes - Fotolia.com

Globally, cement and concrete experts are at the cutting-edge to sustainable, green, healthy but nonetheless high-performance concrete. Today concrete is not yet well established in Africa, which offers the unique opportunity to build up a cement and concrete market based on the highest available state of technology. As this industry needs high level expertise, a central issue in implementation of skilled technology is cross-linking research institutions and laboratories. It should not be neglected that concrete is a product with low transport ranges. This means that an improved concrete market mainly supports the local economy without exceeding financial drains to the international market. Thus it fosters the fight against poverty, which is an urgent need in most African countries. SPIN is acronym for "Spearhead Network for Innovative, Clean and Safe Cement and Concrete Technologies". The project aims to cross-link experts with industry and policy making bodies, aiming to establish sustainable cement and concrete construction in Africa. The network is funded by the European Commission (EC) of which the funding scheme is the ACP Science and Technology Programme. The project body is the ACP Secretariat. The project has a duration of 3.5 years beginning from November 2009 to April 2013.

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Homepage of the SPIN-Project

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