Contract awarded for construction of lounge at Abu Dhabi airport | ACI, Ashghal to improve concrete structures | Tehran to host ACI convention later this month
03 December 2019
Concrete news and innovations in and around the Middle East
Industry News
Cement stocks in Saudi Arabia poised for growth
Six of the top 10 best-performing stocks in Saudi Arabia in 2019 were cement producers. "We think that the sector overall is mostly pricing in the future growth except some outliers," said Abdulmalik Alsalem, an analyst at Al Rajhi Capital.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (01 Dec.) 
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Contract awarded for construction of lounge at Abu Dhabi airport
A joint venture between National Aviation Services and Airport Dimensions won a contract for construction and management of a more than 3,500-square-meter lounge at the Midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Arabian Business (United Arab Emirates) (02 Dec.) 
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ACI News
ACI, Ashghal to improve concrete structures
The American Concrete Institute and Ashghal -- the Public Works Authority of Qatar -- have agreed to partner in the improvement of concrete structures. The agreement calls for an exchange of accreditation, copyright, expertise, information and training.
The Peninsula (Qatar) (27 Nov.) 
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Tehran to host ACI convention later this month
Later this month, The American Concrete Institute will hold the Iran Chapter Annual Convention in Tehran in conjunction with a national conference about earthquakes. The events are designed to promote standards to improve the quality of concrete and increase the resilience of concrete structures against natural disasters.
Tehran Times (Iran) (01 Dec.) 
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Technology & Trends
Saudi Arabia office tower turns to Penetron technology
Penetron Group's crystalline technology for waterproofing has been used for an office tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Penetron admixture was used to treat concrete for the structure's retaining walls and foundation slabs.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (27 Nov.) 
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TAM introduces 9-axis 3D printer at The Big 5
Twente Additive Manufacturing showcased a 9-axis 3D concrete printer at The Big 5 last week in the UAE. "With the new printer, you can print in angular motions, which permits for 3D printing of designs that include overhanging," said Ian Comishin, president of TAM.
Construction Week Online (United Arab Emirates) (27 Nov.) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
LCA tool estimates concrete's environmental impact
ZGF Architects has developed a life-cycle assessment calculator that compares the environmental impacts of proposed concrete mixes to standard mixes. The tool doesn't require a Revit model or proprietary environmental product declarations for mixes.
The Construction Specifier (29 Nov.) 
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