Queensland-based business Wagners has struck a watershed agreement that will help it make inroads into the international market for its Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) technology.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed this week between Wagners and Indian conglomerate JSW Group’s JSW Cement.
Wagners EFC director Joe Wagner, said the MOU was a ground-breaking step towards an imminent joint venture between the two family-owned companies to produce EFC geopolymer concrete in India.
He said the joint venture would introduce the EFC technology into a marketplace which produces more than 500 million cubic metres of concrete a year by 2017.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to partner with a company who has a similar attitude towards construction materials with carbon footprint reduction and is one of the country’s top cement producers,” Mr Wagner said.
“JSW Cement is one of the leading brands in India and the joint venture will mean India can use our technology to recycle JSW’s steel and power production by-products.”
Wagners EFC geopolymer concrete is used as a low-carbon alternative to conventional concrete, with the product containing no Portland cement, resulting in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to an 80-90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, EFC had structural benefits such as low shrinkage, higher flexural and tensile strength, low heat and far greater durability compared to that of the normal Portland-based concretes, Mr Wagner said.
The JSW Group is one of the leading conglomerates in India, with a presence in the USA, South America and Africa.
More than 50,000 cubic metres of EFC has been used in the construction of the heavy duty aircraft pavements that form the taxiway, apron and turning node areas as well as other civil and building works throughout the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport precinct.