Review: Ulmer Betontage 2018

This year’s Ulmer Betontage took place under the motto "prefabrication – the future of construction" from 20 to 22 February in the Edwin-Scharff-Haus in Neu-Ulm. The 62nd holding of Europe’s largest industry gathering again offered a diversified mixture of presentations, podium discussions, practical workshops and an accompanying trade exhibition. The focus here was mainly on topicalities such as urbanisation, digitalisation and the energy revolution, as well as their impacts on the refabricated concrete industry. It was also possible to think out of the box by looking at the international industry situation thanks to talks held by architects and trade associations from this year’s guest country, Australia. 

Even for the team of HERING Architectural Concrete, the Ulmer Betontage have since become a constant. On the one hand, the event days are used for one-to-one exchanges with colleagues from the industry. On the other hand, the congress provides the opportunity to obtain information about the latest technological developments and promising projects, products and processes. At the same time, one is not only confronted by new things but also tried and tested things. On Tuesday afternoon. Prof Dipl.-Ing. Dominik Wirtgen of Fischer Architekten presented some projects from within the EASTSITE Areals in Mannheim. This included the media and communications centre that was implemented with a fair-faced concrete façade by HERING Architectural Concrete. An optical highlight is the "The Source" piece of art by the French artist Jean-Auguste-Ingres, which was projected onto the precast concrete parts by way of photo concrete technology.

A leitmotif ran like a common thread through all events: The possible applications of concrete are manifold and, through constant further developments, the precast concrete industry offers solutions that will also cope with future challenges.

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