Concrete that lasts a century

The patented concrete mix, called Global 100, is made by the concrete technology company iCrete, which specialises in high-performance concrete mixes designed for infrastructure use worldwide. iCrete said that as well as the 100-year durability of Global 100, the product also costs less than the alternatives and can provide up to a 40% reduction in a project’s carbon footprint.The company said Global 100 would dramatically increase the life span and durability of major public and private infrastructure projects including road systems, bridges, ports, dams, and other high-use, high-traffic public facilities and venues. iCrete licenses its technology to local ready-mix producers worldwide. It is expected to be available in Latin America, Central Asia, and Europe in the second quarter of 2009. “We are particularly pleased to offer this immediately in the Gulf region where work is already underway on the world’s tallest superscraper buildings and green megacities in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and elsewhere across the Middle East,” said iCrete chief executive Juan Carlos Terroba.“We are already in discussions with similar projects in Panama, Hong Kong and other world capitals where cost, durability and environmental footprint are important factors.“Public infrastructure is at the economic foundation of the world. It is unacceptable that most public installations and structures last only 30 to 40 years.”

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