„Prefabrication – the future of building“ is the trend-setting theme under which the organizers of the BetonTage congress invite to the meanwhile 62nd industry gathering held every year in Neu-Ulm, and it is a great pleasure and honor for me to cordially welcome you there on behalf of the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib).
In the currently challenging times, where the focus of activities is rather on separating things partially motivated by the society and partially by politics, events and associations with an international character are particularly asked for, such as the BetonTage congress and the fib, which deliberately give priority to common things and are able to give answers to the pressing future issues. Discussing with each other on the highest technical level and the motivation to promote concrete construction are the things which the BetonTage congress and the fib have in common.
The fact that the BetonTage congress integrates guest countries into the program considerably contributes to learning about different traditions of construction and experiences, hence proverbially encourages to think outside the box. In 2018, the BetonTage organizers were able to win Australia over as guest country. In this regard, the BetonTage congress and the fib are on the same wavelength, too. In October 2018, the Australian fib member group existing since 1959 will be host of the 5th International fib Congress to be held in Melbourne, Australia.