Korea Cement Association joins WCA

The Korea Cement Association (KCA) has a joined at the World Cement Association as an affiliate member of its international network.
Concrete Plants, Equipment & Applications / March 23, 2020
By LIam McLoughlin
WCA president Ian Riley says it is keen to work with other associations that share its goals and values
WCA president Ian Riley says it is keen to work with other associations that share its goals and values

Korea’s cement industry employs more than 4,800 people and produces around 51 million tpa, and KCA counts 9 of the leading players among its membership, including WCA member Sampyo Cement.

“KCA has a long history supporting the advancement of the cement and concrete industries locally, and we look forward to working with them in a global context,” said Ian Riley, CEO of the WCA. “It’s important for us to have a diverse membership that is not just made up of cement producers, and so we’re very keen to welcome other Associations that share our goals and values.”

Since its establishment in 1963, KCA has embraced a range of responsibilities, from making government policy recommendations to producing information and statistics on the cement and construction industries. The association’s mission is to advance the effective uses of cement, concrete and related products, to meet the economic, technological and environmental need of the construction industry.

In 2018 the KCA was recognised for its work in improving the recycling of waste materials in the cement industry, and was awarded the grand prize in the category of Resource Circulation at the Korea Environment Awards. The same year, the association organised an international seminar in Seoul, which analysed the durability criteria and the certification system related to cement concrete, calling on the cement industry to improve the durability of construction.

“We share, at a local level, WCA’s global mission of representing and promoting the cement industry, so there is a great deal of scope for collaboration between our two organisations,” said KCA president Hyun Joon Lee. “Through WCA, we look forward to connecting with international peers to stay informed on best practice and the latest industry developments, as well as sharing insights that we have gathered through our own work”.

Affiliate Membership is designed for regional or national cement associations and other partner groups, which are not-for-profit organisations working in areas related to the objectives of the WCA. The WCA is inviting companies to be part of its network to jointly improve industry standards worldwide.