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23rd January 2019, Manchester

AMI addresses use of advanced materials in construction

A two-day conference will feature interactive presentations, Q&A, panel sessions, exhibition and networking dinner. © AM&I

A two-day conference will feature interactive presentations, Q&A, panel sessions, exhibition and networking dinner. © AMI

With the construction industry remaining one of the largest global markets, it is imperative that the advanced materials sector listens to the industry and observes what is needed to increase usage within the sector, according to Advanced Materials & Innovation (AMI).

The UK based company has announced the programme for its upcoming conference and exhibition Advanced Materials for Construction featuring FRP for Infrastructure (AMCONF). The event, which will be held at the University of Manchester from 3-4 April 2019, incorporates a keynote address from the Rail Director of Transport for the North Tim Wood, who is looking for innovators and collaborators to work with him on the ambitious investment plans for a transformed rail network at the heart of the new Northern Powerhouse Rail System.

“Through innovation and collaboration, we will assess and remove barriers to create the conditions for accelerated growth. Collaboration with many delegates at the Advanced Materials for Construction conference for example will be essential to achieving this, combining expert knowledge and counsel to achieve the best results for businesses and the public,” said Mr Wood.

Helping the construction industry

The conference will address all aspects of the industry, including what we as an industry can do to help the construction industry meet its targets. A special session is being presented by Gianluca Barletta and Paul Homan, of IBM Services, titled Digital Construction-What Does the Future Bring?

“It is a very exciting time for Advanced Materials for Construction, with a number of large infrastructure clients realising the benefits that these materials can offer their projects. We are delighted to bring together senior figures from client organisations to describe the significant opportunities that exist moving forward, alongside other industry professionals who will demonstrate best practice in procurement and implementation of recent and relevant projects. This is a must-attend conference for all those interested in challenging traditional solutions with innovative alternatives,” commented Martin Halpin, AMI Director.

Understanding challenges and solutions

Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager, Composites UK, said: “The potential for the use of advanced materials in construction applications is huge. As yet we’ve only scratched the surface in achieving their potential benefit to the sector. There’s a significant education piece to be done to ensure the construction industry has access to the right information they need to make informed decisions when it comes to choices of materials for specific projects. This conference is part of that piece and brings together materials experts and construction professionals so they can better understand the challenges and possible solutions.”

Exhibitors and sponsors will also be involved with Pecha-Kucha Sessions that provide the opportunity of further engagement with the audience by presenting comprehensive and visually stimulating summaries of their offering.

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