GRCA Congress

21 September 2011

GRCUK Managing Director Bob Faulding chairs the 16th International GRCA Congress in Istanbul.

The 16th International Congress of the GRCA was held this year in the historic city of Istanbul which is appropriately one of the largest markets for GRC in the world and home to some of the largest GRC manufacturers.

Over 150 delegates from USA, Europe, Asia, Gulf States and Australia attended presenting papers on a range of subjects including research and development, production advances and benefits of GRC in the environment. It was especially pleasing to have papers presented by internationally renowned companies such as Foster and Partners and Arup Facades.

The Congress included a visit to several large projects constructed in GRC and guided tours of two of Turkey’s largest GRC manufacturers.

As would be expected various social events were organized by the association including a boat trip where well known equipment/material supplier Ian White from Power Spray’s performed his own version of the Turkish “belly dance” to everyone’s amazement and delight!

Congress terminated with a gala evening where Bob presented fellow GRC Cladding partners Fibrobeton three awards, “best company”, “best project” and an individual award which was especially pleasing to Ayhan Babacan, the founder of Fibrobeton, and an inspiration to many in the GRC industry.

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