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ICCX Central Europe

A Platform for AAC


The ICCX Central Europe as a conference and tradeshow event took place on 12 and 13 February this year for the seventh time already and has meanwhile developed into the leading annual get-together for the concrete and precast industries in Central Europe. This year, too, the ICCX was able to attract an even greater number of participants (>750, +10 % compared to the previous year) and more exhibitors (110, +7 % compared to the previous year) to join in at Warsaw’s Double Tree by Hilton hotel.

ICCX Central Europe provided participants with a well-balanced and solidly designed program of speeches that this year, for the first time, also covered issues pertaining to AAC production.

Han den Hartog, Marketing Manager of the European Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Association, EAACA, informed attendees in a well frequented conference room about the Association’s strategy focussing on further development of the European AAC industry. The starting point of this strategy is the so-called “Green Deal“ initiated by the European Commission which is supposed to include climate legislation with the aim of turning Europe into a ”climate neutral” continent by the year 2050. Central measures to this end are, amongst others, the promotion of recyclable building materials and circular economies plus comprehensive renovation efforts targeted at already existing buildings and structures with the aim of reducing energy consumption. With the help of its “Urban Transformation Campaign“, the EAACA intends to further direct public attention to the advantages of AAC as a building material to firmly address climate goals as announced by the European Union.

Next ICCX Central Europe scheduled for March 2021

In one AAC speech, Łukasz Drobiec from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland, reported on connections between walls and other neighbouring structures. In doing so, he especially presented and compared connections between masonry walls and reinforced in situ concrete, between masonry walls and steel, and between masonry walls in general, load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls of each variation.

Result: Selecting the appropriate connection between a wall and another structure is a decisive aspect for planning and has indeed substantial effects on loads and deformations that buildings and walls may be exposed to. Inappropriate consideration of corresponding specific individual connection solutions during planning activities may result in damage to interconnected wall systems.

The ICCX Central Europe and the AAC program were supported this year by machine and equipment manufacturers for AAC producers, namely Keda Suremaker (gold sponsor), Topwerk Group-Hess AAC Systems (gold sponsor) and Masa (silver sponsor).

The next ICCX Central Europe will be taking place on 3 and 4 March 2021 at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in the Polish capital of Warsaw. Already now, 80 % of available stands have been positively booked again. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to book a stand or purchase a ticket online.