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Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies extends partnership with GCC to develop low carbon buildings

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Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, a pioneer in low-carbon cement, has announced that it has signed an extension to its partnership contract with GCC, one of the top ten companies in the construction and public works sector, to develop effective low-carbon buildings.

Within the framework of the collaboration protocol signed in September 2019, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies and GCC spent a number of months undertaking specific technical tests, such as the pouring of concrete sheets under low temperature conditions. Together, the two companies have thus developed concrete formulations based on H-UKR technology, a binder perfected and developed by Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies that has a substantially lower carbon footprint than traditional cement. These operations were a success, and will now allow the two partners to work on projects, notably without altering traditional techniques, while substantially reducing the carbon level of the resulting buildings.

In light of this collaboration, GCC has pledged to order ready-mix concrete over the coming three years, with the first deliveries scheduled for 2021.

Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, say: “The signing of this contract concretises the value of the discussions we have had with GCC and the work accomplished by the teams on the ground over the last few months. We have tested and developed various formulations of our cements in order to obtain a cement with a technical quality enabling low-carbon buildings to be developed. Being able to achieve these successes despite the difficult conditions in recent months represents genuine added value. The extension of this experimentation protocol signed in 2019 thus validates our joint work, and will enable GCC to use our low-carbon cement for construction projects from next year. We are delighted to have, among our partners, a company such as GCC commit itself in this way. Together, we will be able to contribute to decarbonising the construction sector”.

Jacques Marcel, Chairman and CEO of GCC, adds: “This partnership is perfectly in line with our model and our ambition of being the preference mid-sized company by relying on a mastery of our know-how and being committed to a sustainable society. It enables us to provide a response to carbon emission-cutting issues and to align ourselves with users’ wishes. GCC is thus establishing itself as an innovative player by forging various types of industrial partnerships. We are therefore very proud of this collaboration and, at the USH 2020 social union for housing conference, will be in a position to announce the first low-carbon concrete operation with a leading player”.

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