Concrete Products

FEB 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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24 • February 2017 The third Lanxess Pigments Symposium took place in Las Vegas last month, the day before the World of Concrete 2017 opened. Under the "Trusted partnerships for sustainable growth" theme, the Lanxess Inorganic Pigments business unit provided 100-plus industry affili- ates from around the globe a platform to discuss industry challenges. The National Association of Manufacturers' Dr. Chad Moutray man- ufacturing dynamics and outlook from a macroeconomic view, noting that the U.S. continues to be an attractive place for business, espe- cially for chemicals. The American Chemistry Council's Deborah Phil- lips assessed the significant role chemistry plays in green building, despite often contradictory perceptions, and noted how consumer interest in materials is shifting toward health and wellness awareness. "What is going to be critical for the chemical industry is the need to come forward with openness and the ability to do risk assessments and facilitate science-based approaches," she affirmed. SCS Global Services' Steve Kooy noted that green building is adopted globally, and developing countries' strong projected growth in such practice will be driven by client demand, environmental reg- ulations and social triggers. Dr. Daniel Pedersen of Green Seal rein- forced the symposium theme, observing, "To move from a supply to a value chain, the key is in the personal relationships—engaging all stakeholders in a partnership for sustainable development." "What makes supplier relationships is people," concluded Lanxess Inorganic Pigments Global Head Joerg Hellwig. "In the end, it is about people buying from people, and therefore trust is the most import- ant thing. We feel responsible for all stakeholders in this connected value chain." Like the 2013 and 2015 gatherings in China, he add- ed, this year's symposium had the character of a high-level scientif- ic exchange, giving guests an opportunity to talk extensively with industry experts and colleagues specialized in various areas. NEWS SCOPE MANUFACTURERS Lanxess takes world view of iron oxide pigment production and supply chain In his "Supplier Relationship: Global Strategy – Local Execution" pre- sentation, Oldcastle Architectural Vice President, Operations Perfor- mance Improvement Todd Brogan stressed how quality and trust are key factors in purchasing decisions, and sacrificing them can be costly. PHOTO: Concrete Products Form Equipment Family Now Includes Adjustable Box Culvert Forms Precast Forms, Pipe & Shapes Equipment, Batching, Mixing & Curing Solutions, Parts and Service World Headquarters: 989.354.4111 CALL TODAY! 515.432.3553 Boone, Iowa

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