2013 Construction Conference: Mitigating change

by Darren

The 2013 Sarma Conference will see industry leaders outlining the construction industry’s way forward, as it enters a new phase of development fuelled by growing requirements from the public and private sectors. The event will be held at the Alpha Cnfernece Centre in Broederstroom from 1 – 2 August.

Topics that are o the agenda, include how to deal with claims in the event of concrete failures or damages, the effects of imported cement on the local industry and taking a look at the latest international trends and uses of readymix.

Johan van Wyk, general manager of the South African Readymix Association (Sarma), says the industry is in a state-of-change with new requirements and new expectations surfacing on a constant basis. As a result, the annual conference has been bolstered with a formidable line-up of construction industry leaders who will discuss developments within the industry, as well as examining technical issues and technological advancements that have been made in recent times. A number of world-class speakers have also been added to the line-up to deliver hard-hitting presentations aimed at assisting companies to gain a competitive edge in these changing times.

“This year’s conference will not only address these issues, but will also usher in a new era for the South African Readymix Association (Sarma), as we broaden our focus from mainly influencing standards and regulatory matters, to further focus on promoting the use of readymix and engaging all stakeholders to redefine requirements in a changed environment.

“They will be examining solutions based on current requirements rather than those from a decade or two ago and will provide delegates with quick and easy solutions to an array of building and construction related challenges. The conference will therefore have a broad appeal and will benefit all role-players within the construction industry-from architects and engineers, to contractors and site foremen.

“A strong contingent of readymix plant operators will also be present at the conference and our aim is to bring industry players together to communicate and find solutions to everyday construction challenges. There will also be discussion centred on the crucial role of maintaining standards in the readymix industry and the benefits of dealing with Sarma accredited suppliers,” concludes van Wyk.

Members will be given the opportunity to raise their own concerns and opinions at the association’s annual general meeting, which will be held on Friday following the conference. Members will also be able to cast their votes on the adoption of a new constitution.

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit www.sarma.co.za

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