A congress of high repute

The 56th BetonTage

It’s that time again: on 7 February 2012, the BetonTage will be kicked off for the 56th time. The largest specialist congress of the concrete and precast concrete industry will this time be held under the motto “Shaping Change.”

A three-day technical program with 13 product-specific podium discussions, around 90 prominent speakers from business and research, high-caliber lectures, and 160 exhibitors will await the visitors in the Edwin-Scharff-Haus in Neu-Ulm, Germany. In addition, this meeting of the concrete and precast industry, with 2000 participants forecast, offers an ideal platform for exchanging views and establishing and cultivating networks.

The technical presentations will focus on current developments in the field of standardization, concrete technology, production methods, and processing technology as well as on economic and legal aspects of relevance to the industry. There will again be special podium presentations for architects, structural engineers, building contractors, and public authorities.

The opening event features prominent speakers as well. The economic expert Professor Dr. Peter Bofinger will closely scrutinize the politico-economic situation. He is known as a critical reasoner on the German Council of Economic Experts and as an unconventional economist who likes to take a stand against the majority opinion of his fellow economists. Professor Dr.-Ing. Werner Sobek has a worldwide reputation for engineering, design, and sustainability. The initiator of the German Society for Sustainable Building and head of the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Design of Stuttgart University will demonstrate what he considers to be future-oriented building, and how sustainability and good architecture can be harmonized.

On the first day of the congress, the organizers will offer for the first time, parallel to the BetonTage, a Practitioner Seminar at the Brauer Internat in Ulm, specifically aimed at plant managers and those in charge of production in the precast concrete industry. The seminar will treat urgent problems encountered in day-to-day production practice and will discuss ways for dealing with them. Practical presentations at the neighboring Ferdinand von Steinbeis-Schule and visits to the BetonTage exhibition will round off the program.

More information and the entire program will be available from October 2011 at www.betontage.com or directly from the organizer.¢

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