DEMAND FOR CEMENT AND CONCRETE EXPECTED TO RISE IN REGIONS OF AZERBAIJAN IN 2006
"As of our [companyвЂ™s] forecasts, demand for cement and concrete in Azerbaijan, and in particular, in the regions, will increase in 2006, which in turn demands the sue of economic technologies and restrictions on use of high-quality cement for individual construction,вЂќ Khoria Adrian, the Director of Garadagh Cement on marketing and sales, told a two-day workshop on standards and production quality.
"At present Azerbaijan mainly applies chemical method of decantation and consolidation of concrete. Only a tough control over the quality is in condition to increase the efficiency of work by 15%. In this respect, it is necessary to transit to Russian cement-concrete standard,вЂќ he noted.
The head of the scientific-technical norms of the State Committee on Construction and Architecture, Bayram Aliyev, stated that at the joint order by the State Committee and the State Agency for Metrology and Standardization GOST (state quality standard) cement and concrete work (1108-2003) was set up in 2005 under the CIS.
The standards designed in 2003 fully meet the European standards EN 197-1 2000. In particular, the standards envisage 28 days for drainage of concrete and 2 days for its consolidation. The norms are as usual implemented вЂ" in better cases the builders allot 12 days in this respect," Aliyev underlined.
The chairman of the Management Board of Sika Yapi Kimyasallari A.S., Murat Belen, said that the company was ready to deliver technologies for increase of firmness and treatment of concrete, which is very important in terms of revealing the seismically active zone in Azerbaijan. "Sika is ready to supply machines for mechanical consolidation of concrete. We have plans for joint activities with Garadagh Cement for increase of quality of the concrete-cement work,вЂќ Belen underlined.
Ali Raif Saglam, an official of Sika company, said that technologies offered by the company enables to economy $2-4 per 1 cu m of concrete work.
The workshop closed on 22 September.
At present deficit in cement in the country is estimated to 1 million tons. An only producer of product in Azerbaijan will output 1.35 million tons in 2005. The production for next ear is planned in the same volume.