Based at ACI World Headquarters in Michigan, USA, NEx will focus on accelerating the use of non-metallic building materials and products, leveraging ACI’s role as a world-leading authority and resource for the development, dissemination and adoption of consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction, and materials.
ACI President, Jeffrey W. Coleman states, “The Center’s mission will be to collaborate globally on using non-metallic materials in the built environment by driving research, education, awareness and technology adoption. Expanding incorporation of non-metallic materials and products in the built environment will improve sustainability, contribute to a lower carbon footprint, and enhance the durability and longevity of structures.”
Non-metallic materials are increasingly being deployed across multiple industries, including oil and gas, construction, automotive, packaging, and renewables. They offer several advantages over metallic materials, such as corrosion resistance, reduced weight, increased durability, lower cost, and improved environmental efficiency.
Commenting on the launch of NEx, Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, says: “Aramco has been developing and deploying non-metallic solutions within our own operations for more than 20 years as they offer superior lifecycle cost, efficiency, and environmental advantages over their metal alternatives.”
He added: “The potential for using non-metallic advanced polymetric materials, however, goes way beyond the oil and gas sector and includes the building and construction industries where there is significant potential. That is why this new Center of Excellence for non-metallic Building Materials offers enormous and exciting opportunities.”
Aramco is already a leader in the use of non-metallic materials in oil and gas facilities to reduce corrosion, weight and the cost of construction and operation. This initiative with ACI is part of the Company’s broader strategy to enter new markets, leveraging its hydrocarbon resources and technology to deliver advanced polymeric materials solutions across industries.
“Our founding member, Aramco, aligns with our vision to effectively meet the demands of a changing world by setting standards for the development and adoption of non-metallic materials in building and construction,” added Mr. Coleman. “ACI is pleased to have Aramco’s support in leading this dialogue with industry stakeholders around the world.”
The Center plans to expand its scope to include the use of non-metallics in other construction materials, such as composite cladding, asphalt, and soil. The Center looks to draw additional partners from leading academic institutions, industries, technical societies, standard bodies, manufacturers and professionals.
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