A first pan-African proficiency testing scheme

The durability, quality and safety of building materials are becoming increasingly important in African countries. 26 laboratories on the continent participated in a round-robin test to demonstrate their proficiency in the testing of cement.

In many parts of Africa, the economies are rising at an increasing pace, and optimism is spreading all over the continent. Along with the economic upswing comes the need for construction, which particularly offers growing opportunities for the cement and concrete sectors. At the moment, the African cement infrastructure is quite complex. Apart from Northern Africa and South Africa in particular, cement plants are scarce, resulting in highly unstable cement pricing. Clinker and cement are imported from overseas and typically determined by the lowest price; as a result, the countries of origin...

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