The 10 founding members of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) met late last month to formally launch the association. At an event in London, members appointed Albert Manifold, chief executive of CRH plc, as president and Fernando A. González, chief executive of Cemex, and Jianglin Cao, chief executive of CNBM, as vice-presidents. The association will focus on global construction challenges and promote leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete.

The GCCA currently brings together 10 leading companies from the industry covering all continents: Cemex, CNBM, CRH, Dangote, Eurocement, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim, Taiheiyo, Ultratech and Votorantim. All board appointments are on an interim basis until formal elections can take place of a full board comprising 15 members at the organization’s first annual general meeting to be held in London in November.

GCCA President Albert Manifold said, “We are proud to launch this new global cement and concrete advocacy platform. Cement and concrete are integral elements of the built environment around the world and the GCCA represents a strong sector-wide voice and responsible industrial leadership in the manufacture and use of these materials. It is an honor to be elected as the founding president. Concrete is the world’s second most consumed product after water, and as an industry we have a responsibility to demonstrate how innovative and sustainable concrete solutions contribute positively to the built environment. As members of the GCCA we will work together to anticipate global construction challenges and society’s development needs into the future.”

The GCCA will introduce its executive team, present a detailed work program and launch its Sustainability Charter at its forthcoming annual general meeting. The meeting will be accompanied by a high-level conference aimed at exploring ways to promote innovation in the construction value chain. Speakers and panelists will be announced closer to the date.

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