British Precast’s annual conference and EXPO
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Outgoing British Precast president Steve Parker receives a commemorative concrete vase from new president Andy Dix.
British Precast, the Leicester, UK-based trade federation for the UK concrete products industry, has held its annual conference PRECAST2012.
The event was held, together with the annual members meeting, EXPO trade show and Best Practice Awards lunch at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, and when 400 delegates attended. There were 50 trade stands, and 30 companies vying for annual awards.
Taking over as president for 2012-14 was Andy Dix, managing director of member Charcon Construction Solutions, who paid tribute to the immense effort over three years of the outgoing president Steve Parker, managing director of Buchan Concrete Solutions.
Dix outlined his intention to recruit more members who could reach the standards demanded by the Raising the Bar campaign, and committed to make further progress moving the industry towards Zero Harm.
He added that members should redouble their marketing effort through British Precast and their product associations.
Charcon was awarded the Best Practice Award for health & safety for its employee engagement video programme It Only Takes a Minute.
PRECAST2012 featured a wide spectrum of events and initiatives including technical seminars from associate members, while keynote speakers included Dr Koji Sakai, a global sustainable concrete expert from Japan; Dr Diana Montgomery new chief executive of the CPA (Construction Products Association); Dr Philippe Fonta of the WBCSD (world Business Council for Sustainable Development) Geneva, Switzerland; safety lawyer Alan Millband and Paul Morrell, UK government chief construction advisor.
Martin Clarke, chief executive of British Precast, said: “We have pledged ourselves to Raising the Bar as an industry: today we raised the bar as a trade federation.
“We have never received feedback as positive as this for any event and will be back again at the King Power stadium in May 2013.
“This industry has a great future in building a better Britain and our members have the service levels, quality, innovation, sustainability and well-being footprint credentials to beat all competition from other materials and it is a privilege to work with them.
“I especially look forward to a very productive two years under Andy Dix’s leadership.”