Concrete placers supported by range of new initiatives

Members of the New Zealand Master Concrete Placers Association (NZMCPA) are being kept up to date with the latest good practice advice across a range of concrete placing topics, thanks to new initiatives introduced by the Association this year. Specifically, this has involved the distribution of a re-designed On The Level newsletter, Placing In Practice leaflets and Good Reads e-alert. …

Association dedicated to the needs of concrete placers

The New Zealand Master Concrete Placers Association (NZMCPA) is an industry association dedicated to meeting the needs of those involved with concrete contracting, with a focus on the placing and finishing of concrete. The association works on behalf of its members by advocating their views in relation to issues such as training, qualifications and health and safety, as well as …

Apprentice Award a conference highlight

The presentation of the inaugural Concrete Industry Apprentice of the Year award was a highlight of the New Zealand Concrete Industry Conference, held in Auckland in early October. The honour was won by Carl Hay an apprentice at Eastern Bay Concrete 2014, Opotiki. Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) Chief Executive, Rob Gaimster said the quality of the …

Best in the ready mixed industry recognised

The best of the best have been named at the New Zealand Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (NZRMCA) 2016 Awards, which were presented at the Concrete Industry Conference. Atlas Concrete’s Takapuna plant has won the Plant Audit Scheme Supreme Award for its consistent excellence over an extended period of time, producing large quantities of concrete to a reliably high standard in …

Precast NZ Certification sets the standard

The Precast NZ Plant Certification Program is starting to gain critical mass and is setting the benchmark for off-site precast concrete manufacturers, says Rod Fulford, executive director of Precast New Zealand Inc. “A number of precast plants have now achieved certification and many others have either applied or are intending to. The program provides project specifiers, head contractors and building …

Quality at the heart of the concrete sector

Concrete is the second most consumed substance in the world after water, with the appetite for it in New Zealand matching worldwide demand, says Rob Gaimster, chief executive of the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ). “Huge volumes are going out producers’ gates. We’re predicting that around four million cubic metres of concrete will be produced this year …

Exciting concrete innovations

Although it has been around for centuries, concrete is continually evolving as a construction material, with some exciting new innovations entering the market. Recent developments include Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC), a concrete that is able to flow under its own weight and completely fill formwork, while maintaining homogeneity even in the presence of congested reinforcement, and then consolidate without the need …

Concrete the ideal choice for high-density structures

Concrete has long been a material of choice for both commercial and residential buildings, with the sector well poised to meet the growing trend towards high-density living, says Rob Gaimster, chief executive of the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ). “The choice of material for the structural frame of a high-rise building has a significant impact on its …

Student design competition goes from strength to strength

An initiative conceived by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) five years ago to encourage aspiring construction specialists to work together to incorporate the best insights and latest technology into a building design, continues to go from strength to strength. This year 30 of New Zealand’s top final year students in architecture, engineering and construction management from …

Top concrete apprentices to be recognised

Industry awards have become an important way to recognise and honour individuals or companies who have made a significant contribution. Across a two-year timeframe the wider concrete industry celebrates its own success in terms of ready mixed concrete, finishing and placing, engineering and architectural features, as well as its contribution to a sustainable built environment. “In doing so we shine …