The 22nd BIBM Congress 2017 took place on 17-19 May in Madrid, Spain, with more than 650 registered participants, including exhibitors. The Congress offered more than 30 presentations with three plenary and three parallel sessions showing interesting best examples in sustainable production and promoting sustainable markets. An exhibition with more than 60 companies offered solutions for the planning, design, manufacture and installation of modern precast concrete structures.
After the welcome of BIBM President, ANDECE President and the BIBM Secretariat, the Congress offered a setting the scene session with presentations about the construction sector market conditions and policy developments, the impact of COP 21 on the sector and the impact of European policies on the daily business of concrete producers.
Throughout the Congress, examples from Latin-America varied the EU focus of the lectures and brought a new different insight into the European scene.
Parallel sessions were organized to offer exciting lectures for audience with both technical and marketing background. Its carefully organized schedule enabled participants to switch sessions to listen to a presentation. Networking coffee breaks and lunch breaks took place in the exhibition area where more than 60 exhibitors presented state-of-the-art solutions for the precast industry.
The sustainable production sessions were moderated by Alessio Rimoldi, Secretary General of BIBM and the lectures varied from issues such as circular economy, innovation, Environment Product Declarations, health and safety of workers.
New BIBM President elected
Promoting sustainable markets sessions were moderated by Dr. Ulrich Lotz, Chairman of BIBM Communication Commission, Gernot Brandweiner, Chairman of BIBM Technical Commission and Zsuzsa Amina Koubaa, European Public Affairs Manager of BIBM. Interesting market solutions and new market opportunities were presented.
The last plenary session presented market developments for concrete such as Rebuilding vs. Renovation, urbanization and energy saving innovations.
The BIBM General Assembly – held 18 May – elected the new President, Claus Bering from CRH Concrete, who gave his first speech at the Gala Dinner on Thursday evening.
Pictures and presentations are available on the congress-website: www.bibmcongress.eu.