Posts by Grazia Bertagnoli

EFCA position on the future options for the review of CPR

The Construction Product Regulation represents the Common Technical Language for CE Marking, which preserves and strengthens the benefits of the single market, avoiding barriers to trade.
The European Federation of Concrete Admixtures Associations (EFCA) is a strong supporter of this system, and through this position paper, EFCA intends to share its concerns over the radical changes proposed by the European Commission in the Refined Indicative Options for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation.

The Position Paper is available at the following LINK

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EFCA Position on the Renovation Wave

EFCA welcomes the “Renovation Wave” as a major contribution for improving sustainability of the buildings sector. In general, the continuous requests for minimization of the environmental impact of concrete buildings, the reduction of construction times – both in a factory and on site – and the request for an increased buildings durability have been and are supported by the proper use of admixtures. Transforming a traditional concrete into a sophisticated material, concrete admixtures play a decisive role as materials, products and technologies and enforce important aspects of circularity and sustainable development.

The Concrete Admixtures will contribute to this objective with solutions explained in the following Position Paper available below.


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EFCA presidency in ECP

On 22 June, Norbert Schroeter, was appointed as new ECP president, succeeding the outgoing President, Stein Tosterud and representing EFCA, the European Federation of Concrete admixtures Associations. Mr. Schroeter expressed his thanks to Stein Tosterud for spending a lot of efforts to make European Concrete Platform has become particularly effective during his presidency.

During his mandate the new President intends to allow follow and further develop the roadmap set out by his predecessors, with the fundamental objective to promote concrete as the material of choice providing building solutions and the attention  to the role of the concrete admixtures for sustainable development and sustainable constructions.

In his inauguration speech, Mr. Schroeter declares: “Currently, we are facing a challenging crisis. Europe, built by our fathers, has to work. Our goal must be – united in diversity – to keep peace and promote prosperity. Concrete is used to build bridges, infrastructure, healthy houses and environmental protection structures. We have a common platform “made of concrete”.

Norbert Schroeter concludes that “we have to be ensured that the sector is efficiently represented in a transparent manner at the European level. We must strongly affirm the ECP position, to be part of important issues as for instance the CPR revision and to drop on the economic aftermath of the corona crisis and the respond to the Green Deal!”

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Covid_19 – Impact study on the construction sector

Construction Product Europe has sent a letter to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to inform them about the impact of Covid_19 on the construction industry.
The response came faster  and the CPE Secretary, Mr. Sykes,  received the invitation to speak to the European Commissioner Breton, who is in charge of the internal market.
A first online meeting allowed the Commissioner to understand the scale of the crisis and he asked his services to run an impact study on the sector. 
The impact study reveals a 50% loss in revenue for Q2, 25% in Q3 and 12,5% in Q4. Therefore, the construction industry stands to be recognised as extremely impacted and Commissioner Breton will fight for European funds to be earmarked for the recovery of our sector. 
Three axes were identified for potential action, renovation works, infrastructure and social housing.

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Green Deal – TCI Position

The Concrete Initiative welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal. The Action Plan contains coherent, long-term measures to enhance the life span of construction works (through durability, maintenance, repair and reuse) and to increase the recycling and reuse of construction waste. An important contribution from the concrete admixtures to provide valide solutions.

Download here the Position Paper

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Covid_19 Impact on the admixtures industry

The scenario involving the pandemic challenges and the customer-related issues, namely the shutdown of several construction sites or the postponement/cancellation of projects has an impact on the concrete admixtures industry.

Therefore, through its National Associations EFCA intends to monitor the trend in each country with a flash survey focused on:

– Government restrictions,

– Construction business,

– Concrete admixtures companies’ situation.

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ECHA: CLP, Annex VIII – next CARACAL meeting canceled

The European Commission just cancelled the upcoming CARACAL physical Meeting (CLP and RECAH Session) planned on 31 March and 1 April. They are working now to set a video/internet conference to discuss x only 3 high priorities issues of the agenda:

CLP: Annex VIII (workability amendment)

REACH: Revocation of registration decisions

REACH: Update on the activities in relation to the amendments of the REACH Annexes for nanoforms

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New KÜB President

Turgay ÖZKUN, General Manager of Sika Construction Chemicals, was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Admixtures Manufacturers Association (KÜB).

In the new period, members of the KÜB Board of Directors have been elected as CHRYSO Additives General Manager Osman İLGEN as the Vice President, MAPEI Construction Chemicals General Manager Selman TARMUR, BASF Turkish Chemical Construction Chemicals Country Manager Suat SEVEN and KORDSA Tekstil Teknik A.Ş Sales and Marketing Manager Murat Yasa KILINÇ.

Leading the Concrete Admixture sector in the upcoming period, KÜB President Turgay ÖZKUN stated that they are aiming to move the works done until now to a further point for maintaining the growth of the sector in both our country and in the international area with the participation of all stakeholders in the sector.

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New EU Industrial Strategy

Even if the pandemic is growing, Europe has to define its position in a highly competitive world threatened by climate change.   Against this backdrop, a new EU industrial strategy was presented on Tuesday 10th March by the EC to provide a framework for a more ambitious EU industrial policy and a more assertive position on the global stage.

EFCA welcomes this new EU industrial strategy as the steppingstone for transition to a sustainable and digital economy. We particularly support the EC’s key objective of maintaining European industry’s global competitiveness and a level playing field at home and globally.

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EU Chemicals Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) coming on 11 March

ECHA is glad to present the new online service, EUCLEF, EU Chemicals Legislation Finder tool which will become available from today, 11th March.  This online service will be managed by ECHA and it will be free of charge.   The introduction webinar and video tutorial can be watched by clicking the relevant links in the email below. 

EUCLEF will be a fantastic tool, particularly for the SME companies when searching further information about a chemical and its compliance with a wide range of EU rules and regulations.  At the moment, the EUCLEF tool covers 40 pieces of Chemical legislations in EU and in 2021, a further 16 pieces of legislation is planned to be added.  ECHA is also prepared to provide a dedicated 24/7 service to support this tool. 

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