EUPAVE, the European Concrete Paving Association, was formed in 2007 with the objective to promote all cement and concrete products to the transport infrastructure.


MEP Pablo Arias Echeverría and EUPAVE held a successful debate on the contribution of innovative concrete pavements for the benefits of citizens, urban areas and transport. Participants agreed that smart, green, low-maintenance and climate-resilient road infrastructure can help transforming the European transport system into a sustainable and competitive one.

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Opening the event, MEP Arias Echeverría welcomed a group of fifty representatives from the EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission) and European associations and companies while highlighting the need to go for the greening of transport infrastructure.

During his speech, Keir Fitch (DG MOVE, European Commission) reminded about EU transport funding opportunities like Horizon 2020 or Connecting Europe Facility to help "laboratory research projects to become demonstrated in a larger scale".

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To read more about the event, visit EU Affairs webpage.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads
23-26 September 2014, Prague

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We are pleased to announce that the registration for the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads in now open.

Early Bird registration rates expire on 31 March 2014.


EUPAVE welcomes a new President and Vice-President

We are pleased to announce the election of Mr. Stéphane Nicoud as President and Mr. André Burger as Vice-President of EUPAVE.

Mr. Stéphane Nicoud started his career in French Road Administration as manager of a road department in France and then as pre-accession adviser in Poland. He subsequently joined the building material industry with Tarmac International in Germany as business development manager and for the last 6 years with Holcim in Switzerland where he currently is the head of large construction projects. He holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and a MBA from INSEAD.

Mr. André Burger graduated as civil engineer at the Delft University of Technology and started his career as consultant at Delft Hydraulics and specialised in design and engineering of hydraulic structures. Since he joined the cement industry in 1989 he worked in several technical marketing functions and as technical marketing director became responsible for the activities in relation to the application of concrete in infrastructure. Currently, he is the Director of Cement&BetonCentrum, the Dutch Cement Industry Association. 

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza Ramirez (Oficemen) and Mr. David Jones (Britpave Barrier Systems) stood down their positions as President and Vice-President respectively during the Board Meeting in October 2013.

Vice-President André Burger handed two commemorative plates to former President and Vice-President, Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza and Mr. David Jones, in grateful appreciation for their excellent work for EUPAVE since its creation in 2007 until today.

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza receives his plaquet

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza (left) and Mr. David Jones (right) received their plaquets

Mr. David Jones receives his plaquet

EUPAVE held a successful dinner debate with the European Commission

On 5 December 2013, EUPAVE held a successful dinner debate with the European Commission. The event had a very high-level representative from the European Union. European Commission's Director-General for the Joint Research Centre, Mr Dominique Ristori, honoured with his presence the debate entitled "How to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support?".

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Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (right) and Mr. André Burger, EUPAVE Vice-President (left)

The association found a friend in Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, who acknowledged that the EU institutions should further recognize the importance and contribution to the society's economic wellbeing of key sectors such as the concrete paving one.

Members of EUPAVE actively contributed to the debate and addressed relevant issues such as industrial competitiveness, research, internal market, standards and market competition with third countries and emerging economies.

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Mr. Pierre Nicolas, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (right) and Mr. André Jasienski, EUPAVE Board Member (left)

Please click HERE to read more about the event and the press release.

Dutch Concrete Road Symposium - 10 October 2013

EUPAVE's Dutch member Cement&BetonCentrum organized on the 10th of October the Dutch Concrete Road Symposium in 's-Hertogenbosch. The theme of this Symposium was: 'Knowledge from the source'.

The official opening was the privilege of Mr. Maxime Verhagen, president of "Bouwend Nederland - Building Netherlands".

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MEP, Mr. Peter van Dalen, vice-chairman of Committee of Transport and Tourisme, was invited as one of the key-note speakers. Mr van Dalen addressed the audience with the EU-topics on EU Transport policy. 

The second key-note speaker was Mr. Robert Rasmussen, expert on surface characteristics  from The Transtec Group Inc. from the USA.  Mr Rasmussen at first pointed out the technics to measure surface characteristics and the relation between friction and noise. He presented the variability of tested textures of hundreds of miles in 20 states and 7 countries.

Mr. André Burger, Managing Director of the Cement&BetonCentrum compared in his presentation the CO2-footprint of Dutch cement with worldwide used cement.

In the final presentation of Marc Eijbersen of CROW the start of a Knowlegde Platform for Concrete Pavements was announced. The Cement&BetonCentrum has taken the initiative to start-up such a platform to exchange knowledge between principals, consultants and contractors.

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Click here to read more about the event and the interesting conclusions driven from the presentations.


Live crash-demo at the Nürburgring - no sensation but an instructive demonstration of the functioning of concrete safety barriers

Around 150 participants were gathered on 25 September 2013 on the Formula 1 track of the Nürburgring in Germany for an exciting event on safety barriers. The “Verkehrsforum West” was organised by Betonmarketing West.

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EUPAVE was supporting this event and Managing Director Luc Rens addressed an opening word presenting EUPAVE and its activities and highlighting the importance of this topic for our association.

The  presentations dealt with the German technical documents related to the materials and installation of vehicle restraint systems, with the influence of the subgrade on systems with posts and with the variety of slipformed concrete elements.

Yet the most thrilling part was undoubtedly the live demonstration by stuntman Klaus Förster who showed three collisions under angles of 8, 11 and 15° with a precast concrete Stepbarrier. 

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Click here for to see the video of the live-crash demo, for details and more photos of the event.

Interesting topics and strong messages at the German Concrete Pavement Conference

The German Research Association for Roads and Traffic (FGSV) was the successful organiser of the Concrete Pavement Conference (Betonstraβentagung) that was held on 19 and 20 September 2013 in the beautiful city of Karlsruhe.  It was attended by around 250 participants of whom 34 from outside of Germany.  For the first time, the presentations were simultaneously translated and gave the conference a more international character.  This was emphasised by the presence and the introductory presentation of Mark Snyder, President of the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP).

The 20 carefully selected contributions dealt with all aspects of concrete pavements and vehicle restraint systems.  Please click here to read more...


Modern Safety Equipments on Roads,
25 September 2013, Nürburg

EUPAVE is supporting the event on “Modern Safety Equipments on Roads” to be held on 25 September 2013 by BetonMarketing West GmbH in Nürburg.

Mr. Luc Rens, Managing Director, will give short introduction on EUPAVE and the latest brochure entitled “Concrete Safety Barriers”.
Please click here for the full programme. The presentations will be followed by a practical demonstration by a stuntman to show the control effect of a concrete safety barrier.    
The entrance is free and registration is necessary for organizational reasons. The presentations will be in German.

For more information on the event and registration, please contact:
Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. (FH) Peter Schermuly : peter.schermuly@bmwest.de


Participation of EUPAVE in the PIARC Technical Committee TC4.2  on Road Pavements

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The Technical Committee on Road Pavements of the World Road Association PIARC held its last meeting in Liège, Belgium on 9 and 10 September 2013, just before the Belgian Road Congress.  EUPAVE is represented as liaison member in this TC by Luc Rens.  

The three themes that are dealt with in different Working Groups are :
- WG1 : Road condition monitoring and road/vehicle interaction;
- WG2 : Recycling and reuse of pavement materials;
- WG3 : Reducing the life cycle carbon footprint of pavement construction.

EUPAVE is involved in WG3 and will contribute with case studies on the reduction of carbon footprint through the use of recycled aggregates, the use of blended cements and the optimisation of concrete batching plants.  Any valuable information is welcome and can be sent to l.rens@eupave.eu.


New Brochure on Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements by ERMCO

Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements, being a sustainable construction solution, are becoming more popular in many countries worldwide.

RCC provides a cost effective solution for pavements where rapid construction is needed and reduced maintenance is required.

EUPAVE member ERMCO, the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization, has recently published a brochure entitled “ERMCO Guide to roller compacted concrete for pavements”. This guide provides an introduction to RCC pavements and a model specification for use in Europe.

To read and download the brochure, click HERE. We wish you good reading.

To visit ERMCO website: www.ermco.eu

12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads
23-26 September 2014, Prague

The brochure covers the details of partnership opportunities, including the conditions of participation as an exhibitor (the exhibition will run simultaneously with the programme of the Symposium and in the same venue).

Please click HERE to download the brochure.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Prague in September next year!

EUPAVE released the new publication: "CONCRETE SAFETY BARRIERS:

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Safer road infrastructure is one of the strategic objectives of the European Commission (EC) through safer roads. Another concern of the EC is the use of sustainable solutions with respect to Green Public Procurement concept. Concrete safety barriers give answer to both issues of road safety and sustainability.  

EUPAVE is proud to release the brochure on Concrete Safety Barriers. In this publication you will find the:

Benefits of Concrete Safety Barriers

History of Concrete Safety Barriers in Europe

A brief chapter on the European Standards: EN1317

Concrete Safety Barriers and Protection of Motorcyclists

Concrete Safety Barriers and Noice Barriers

Sustainability of Concrete Safety Barriers

Design and Construction.

The publication is offered free in PDF format, here.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 05 June 2013!!! 

CALL FOR PAPERS - 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads
23-26 September 2014, Prague

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, has been postponed to 05 June 2013.

Abstracts submitted later than 05 June 2013 can only be accepted upon special request with justification to the Symposium Secretariat.

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Call For Papers -

The final date for forwarding abstracts:
15 May 2013

"Innovative solutions - Benefiting society"

23-26 September 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

The European Concrete Paving Association EUPAVE and the Czech Research Institute of Binding Materials Prague, in collaboration with the World Road Association PIARC, are pleased to invite you to the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, to be held in Prague between 23-26 September 2014.

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On the 11th of December EUPAVE held its traditional Christmas dinner debate at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels.

The event, which coincided with the celebration of EUPAVE's fifth anniversary, was honoured with the presence of Mr Daniel Calleja, European Commission's Director-General for Enterprise & Industry, around the debate entitled "Sustainability in the EU Industrial policy and in the European Construction sector".

For more, please visit EUPAVE EU Affairs.








On the 8th of November, Brian Simpson MEP, Chair of Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament, and EUPAVE held a successful debate on the contribution of infrastructure to road safety in the EU. Participants agreed that concrete, both in-situ cast and precast, offers solutions in order to make European roads safer.

The debate congregated more than 60 people from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and a large representation of road transport and construction related stakeholders.

To read more, visit EUPAVE EU Affairs.



23-26 September 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

The European Concrete Paving Association EUPAVE and the Czech Research Institute of Binding Materials Prague, in collaboration with the World Road Association PIARC, are pleased to invite you to the 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, to be held in Prague in 2014.

The motto of this Symposium will be:
"Innovative solutions - Benefiting society" 


For more information, visit Symposium official website:



EUPAVE actively represented in the 10th International Conference on Concrete Pavements

The International Society for Concrete Pavements, ISCP held its 10th International Conference on Concrete Pavements “Sustainable Solutions to Global Transportation Needs” in Québec City, Québec, Canada from July 8-12, 2012 in collaboration with Transports Québec and Holcim. The conference presented the latest information on economical and practical aspects of concrete pavement design, construction, materials, maintenance, performance, evaluation and structural rehabilitation, which are essential for achieving long-lasting, high-performance concrete pavements.

A strong EUPAVE delegation participated actively in the Conference:
Managing Director Luc Rens gave a speech during the Plenary Session as keynote speaker on “Sustainability Policies in Europe - Challenges and Opportunities for Concrete Pavements”.

Wim Kramer, Cement&BetonCentrum, on behalf of Aniceto Zaragoza, EUPAVE President, gave a speech on EUPAVE activities during the Welcome Reception.

The 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, to be held on 24-26 September 2014 in Prague, was announced during the speech and the First Announcement and Call for Papers was available at the EUPAVE booth in the exhibition hall.

Fabio Miseri, AITEC - Italian Association of Cement Producers, gave a presentation on “Evaluation of the Positive Impact on CO2 Emission and Safety Using Concrete Pavements in the Italian Tunnels” during the Technical Session titled Sustainability, which was moderated by EUPAVE Technical Manager Özlem Aslan.

Our members Holcim and Wirtgen were present in the exhibition in addition to sponsorship of the Conference.

In conclusion, this conference, attended by about 300 people from all contintents, was considered as very successful and fruitful and was a great opportunity for EUPAVE to participate actively on the international scene and to strengthen the relationships with organizations such as the ISCP and ACPA (American Concrete Pavement Association). 


EUPAVE and CIMbéton held the seminar on “Dedicated Bus and Tram Lanes” on 7-8 June 2012 in Paris

EUPAVE and CIMbéton (Centre D'information sur le Ciment et Ses Applications) held the seminar on “Dedicated Bus and Tram Lanes” on 7-8 June 2012 in Paris. During the seminar, today's public transport policies were presented and three major projects in the Paris region were highlighted.

The seminar was well attended by approximately 65 participants from 8 nationalities. The participants were welcomed by Mrs. Anne Bernard Gely, General Delegate of SFIC and Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza, President of EUPAVE.

The technical session provided the audience with information “From a policy of streets to a policy of public transport” starting with a broader approach in a European context on the dedicated lanes to the situation in France and the Paris region.

The vision of the public transport authorities in the Paris region Ile-de-France was presented by Mrs. Catherine Le Gall, Project Manager- Direction of Investment Projects, Public Transport Union of Ile-de-France.

Today, three major public transportation projects are in progress in Paris region:
• Extension of the tramway T3 at Porte de la Chappelle ;
• The project T6 connecting Chatillon with Viroflay, guided system on tires;
• The project Tzen connecting Sénart with Corbeil, high quality service bus BHNS.

These projects were presented by the project managers in collaboration with the related public transport administrative departments.

In the evening, the participants enjoyed the dinner on Bateaux Parisiens, along the River Seine, with the splendor of the Paris panorama and in a pleasant atmosphere for networking.

On the second day of the seminar, two of the project sites have been visited. This was a fruitful experience for the participants, amongst who reprentatives from other public transport companies.



click here to go to the SEMINAR WEBSITE

For the full programme and registration form in English, click here.

For the full programme and registration form in French, click here.

Registrations are open until 25 May 2012.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Paris.


Successful debate on “Concrete pavements contribute to decarbonising of transport” with the European Parliament and the European Commission

EUPAVE held a successful debate on “Concrete pavements contribute to decarbonising of transport” on 21st of March 2012 at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel with participants from EUPAVE members and stakeholders. The event focused on the potential contribution of concrete roads to reduce GHG emissions from road freight transport.

Mr. David Jones, Vice-President of EUPAVE, welcomed the participants and officially handed out the latest EUPAVE Brochure “Concrete pavements contribute to decarbonising of transport” to MEP Philippe De Backer (ALDE, Belgium), from the European Parliament's Committee on Transport & Tourism.

MEP Philippe De Backer opened the debate with a speech strengthening the role that road transport plays in the transport system and emphasizing the importance of transport infrastructure for the well-functioning of the internal market and economy in Europe.

Mrs. Charlotte Milachowski, from the Centre for Building Materials, Technische Universität München- Germany, delivered a presentation on the life cycle assessment for road construction and use. According to Mrs. Milachowski, the potential environmental impact due to the service period on the motorways is 100 times more than due to the construction process. Moreover, Mrs. Milachowski emphasised the effect of pavement surface structure on fuel consumption.

Mr. Luc Rens, Managing Director of EUPAVE, presented EUPAVE's latest brochure “Concrete pavements contribute to decarbonising of transport”. Mr. Rens highlighted the joint conclusion that fuel consumption is lower on concrete pavements compared to other type of pavements in a range of about 1 to 6 %. In this sense, Rens insisted that concrete pavements are the most favourable option in terms of life-cycle cost and defended that they also constitute an easy and effective solution in the decarbonising of freight road transport.

Finally, Mr. Jan Szulczyk, from the Land Transport Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport, outlined the European Commission's vision and strategy for the future of transport. That strategy, which is defined in the European Commission's 2011 White Paper, intends to build a competitive transport system and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050. From what Mr. Szulczyk explained, it is clear that concrete roads can effectively help the European Commission to achieve its targets on road transport decarbonisation. 

After the presentations and discussion, Mr. David Jones, Vice-President of EUPAVE, concluded the event by stating that sustainable infrastructure in general and concrete pavements in particular can already make a difference when addressing some of the current and future transport challenges and needs.

The programme closed with a networking cocktail.  


EUPAVE proudly presents its new publication: "Concrete Pavements Contribute to Decarbonising of Transport" and announces the official presentation of the brochure to European Institutions

Combating climate change is a major environmental concern for the European Union. Surface transport represents 28% of total CO2 emissions of which 75% are generated by road transport. Consequently, developing a more sustainable transport network is a priority.

EUPAVE's new brochure aims at disseminating the benefits of concrete against global warming, focusing on the fact that trucks consume less fuel on rigid pavements compared to flexible pavements. This statement, supported by international studies and researches of which the results are shown in this document, must become a key variable in decision making processes for sustainable infrastructure and, hopefully, become part of evaluation procedures for green public procurement.

The brochure will officially be handed out to MEP Mr. Philippe De Backer, Member of European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism, during the press event on 21 March 2012.

The publication is offered free in PDF format, here. Send an email to info@eupave.eu to request a printed version (Members:€3, Non-Members:€25 ; plus shipping cost.).


SAVE THE DATE: 7-8 June 2012
Seminar and Site Visit, Paris


The EUPAVE Brochure “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice” is now available in 6 languages:

* English,
* Dutch,
* French,
* Spanish,
* Turkish,
* Greek.

The EUPAVE brochure “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice” has been a real success story from the day it has been published in September 2009. It has been downloaded already over 6700 times since then, which is downloaded about 240 times monthly, and in addition, it has been reproduced by several EUPAVE members in their native language.

Recently, the Hellenic Cement Industry Association has announced the translation of the brochure in Greek, which brings the total number of languages to 6.

And this is not the end: Soon a seventh language will be added to the list: a Portuguese version is in preparation today. 

Please visit "EUPAVE Publications" for more information.


HeidelbergCement tests innovative concrete construction methods on the A94 motorway

In order to track down the optimum road surface, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) have been testing new road surfaces for many years in Germany. HeidelbergCement AG also provided stimulation for new construction methods using their own pilot section in Geseke, Germany.

HeidelbergCement has been carrying out intensive tests on new, innovative concrete road surfaces under different load and utilization conditions. Out of several tests, the one with the main section with a continuously reinforced jointless pavement has proven to be the most successful. A new characteristics is now added to this pavement: "grinding texture".

During grinding, longitudinal grooves are ground into the concrete surface using a shaft equipped with diamond grinding wheels.

Siegfried Riffel, Project Manager for Infrastructure in the Development and Applications Department at HeidelbergCement, explains: "This grinding texture provides several advantages: it can be carried out independent of the weather conditions, and it produces an absolutely smooth, extremely low-noise good-grip road surface, as any irregularities from the surface production process are ground out.” This procedure proved to be most impressive on the test section in Geseke, with a reduction in noise of up to four decibels in comparison to the reference noise level.

In addition to grinding, blacktopping is applied along some part of the motorway A94. One of the advantages of the composite pavement is that the asphalt layer protects the concrete from alkali penetration and frost thawing agents.

EUPAVE acknowledges Heidelberg Cement for the authorization to publish the study as well as the innovative work on the A94.
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The new brochure highlights the contribution of concrete pavements to a sustainable European infrastructure by CO2 reduction in transportation. The reduced fuel consumption of heavy vehicles riding on a non-deformable pavement, based on several researches, leads to substantial savings in transport cost and emissions.

One of the studies mentioned in this publication is “FUEL COST CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING TRUCK ROLLING RESISTANCE ON DIFFERENT PAVEMENT TYPES” by Swedish researchers Mr. C.A. Lenngren and Mr. L. Fäldner, Lund University, Sweden. The paper was submitted at the 11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Seville, Spain, 2010. This study deals with assessing pavement hysteresis by evaluating falling weight deflectometer time histories. The results show that the energy lost in the asphalt pavement is four times higher than in the concrete pavement. The research supports choosing Portland cement concrete for high volume truck roads.

For more information on this research, which is still being continued, you can download paper here.


Authors: N. Santero, A. Loijos, M. Akbarian, J. Ochsendorf

The research carried out by Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is published in "METHODS, IMPACTS, and OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CONCRETE PAVEMENT LIFE CYCLE" on August 2011. This publication contributes to a comprehensive approach on sustainability of the transport infrastructure.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) offers a thorough approach to evaluate and improve the environmental impacts of pavements. This research explores and advances three key areas relevant to the pavement LCA field: methodology, quantification, and the supporting science. Moreover, this research supports ongoing standardization efforts by proposing good-practice concepts for conducting any pavement LCA.

EUPAVE is grateful to the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT for the research and the authorization to announce the report, which is supported by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research and Education Foundation.

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Transport Solutions: from Research to Deployment - Innovate Mobility, Mobilise Innovation!

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