Family Run Australian Company Paves the Way with Earth Friendly Concrete.

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Photo Source – The Australian

“EFC contains no Portland cement, instead we use recycled waste products (blast furnace slag from steel production and fly ash from coal fired power) creating a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” – Joe Wagner

We believe that our future is brightest when we all look towards sustainable solutions and eco-friendly practices in the customs and business that define our everyday lives. Without them we could see the balance of earth’s environment shifting and resulting in catastrophic negative consequences. Joe Wagner and Wagners of Australia know this and propose a solution of their own: Earth Friendly Concrete.

What is Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC)? As the name implies, it’s concrete that offers a reduced carbon footprint and lessens its environmental impact. Instead of using Portland Cement like most traditional concrete, EFC uses a geopolymer binder system that utilizes two industrial waste by-products, blast furnace slag (iron production waste) and fly ash (coal power waste), through a chemical activation. This technology is said to reduce carbon emissions by 80 – 90% in comparison to Portland Cement.

Wagners of Toowoomba, Australia is a family owned construction materials and mining services company run and established by Henry, John, Denis, Neill, and Joe Wagner. They’ve spent the last 10 years perfecting the formula for Earth Friendly Concrete and it’s certainly paying off. Some of the additional benefits of EFC include: High sulphate resistance, high chloride ion ingress resistance, high acid resistance, very low shrinkage, 30% higher flexural strength and very low heat of reaction. So in other words, it’s not just better for the environment, it’s more durable than most traditional concrete.

It’s no surprise that people all around the world are taking notice of Earth Friendly Concrete. To date it’s been awarded winner of 2011 QLD Premiers ClimateSmart Awards,  the overall winner of the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards, 2013 The Australian – Shell Innovation Awards, category winner “Hi-tech Manufacturing and Design,” the 2015 Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA), Queensland State Award for Excellence – “Engineering Projects,” and the 2015 CIA National Sustainability Award.

Being able to find creative solutions to the long-term problems that our planet faces is one of the great benefits humanity derives from innovation. For their work in diminishing construction’s carbon footprint through inspired solutions, we name Joe Wagner and Wagners our “Featured Innovators of the Month.”

Wagners is a family owned construction materials and mining services company in Toowoomba, Australia and not affiliated with Willamette Valley Company.

Sources:

http://www.wagner.com.au/main/what-we-do/earth-friendly-concrete/about-efc

http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4130398/a-concrete-innovation/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/innovationchallenge/manufacturing-and-hi-tech-design-winner-joe-wagner/story-fn9dkrp5-1226771411297

Self-Healing Concrete May Not Just Be For Sci-Fi

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Professor Henk Jonkers at work. Photo Source: Newscientist.nl

“The problem with cracks in concrete is leakage. If you have cracks, water comes through — in your basements, in a parking garage. Secondly, if this water gets to the steel reinforcements — in concrete we have all these steel rebars — if they corrode, the structure collapses.” – Professor Henk Jonkers, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Concrete repair products is a subject we know a lot about!  We’ve seen first hand the problems that slow-building cracks can create. But what if damaged concrete could heal itself? That’s exactly what Professor Henk Jonkers is working towards with his work into bioconcrete — concrete that heals itself using bacteria.

Jonkers was inspired by the human body in his work, which works by adding a limestone-producing bacteria agent to the concrete mix. As air is let in through cracks and damage to the concrete, the bacteria is activated and begins producing limestone and patching out the cracks.”You need bacteria that can survive the harsh environment of concrete. It’s a rock-like, stone-like material, very dry,” says Professor Jonkers.

This process could play a pivotal role during construction, when small imperceptible cracks form as concrete is laid. By self-patching immediately, this bioconcrete could prevent long term damage. You can see some of the self-healing concrete at work below.

To date, bioconcrete has only been able to heal cracks up to a very slim 0.8 mm wide in about three weeks, but it can also be sprayed in cracks of regular concrete to use its mending powers. It will certainly be interesting to hear what the future holds for bioconcrete, and if its European Inventor Award finalist nomination is any indication, we’ll be hearing much more soon!

It’s this ingenuity and forward-thinking approach to finding new unexplored solutions to potentially long-term and expensive problems why we have named Professor Henk Jonkers our “Featured Innovator of the Month.” We look forward to hearing more of his work in bioconcrete in the future!

Note: Henk Jonkers does not work for Willamette Valley Company nor is he affiliated with our company.

Sources:

CNN 

TUDelft

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WVCO Division Spotlight: Canadian Willamette Industries

Back in 1952, our founders could have never imagined we would go from a small Pacific Northwest company distributing mill supplies and wood products to a multinational corporation serving customers in a range of industries throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America.

The outstanding team at Canadian Willamette Industries, a subsidiary company of Willamette Valley Company, plays an important role in how we are able to serve the international community so efficiently.

Canadian Willamette Industries was launched in 1966 and is now a leading solutions provider for innovative patches, fillers, coatings, inks, extenders, application equipment, and other parts and supplies for the wood and concrete industries.

Canadian Willamette Industries is headquartered in Surrey, BC

CWI is headquartered in Surrey, BC, but the company has technical sales representatives throughout Canada ready to supply high quality industrial products, custom application equipment and other services for the concrete, trucking and wood industry which include:

  • Blended truckloads and reduced inventory levels with our just in time (JIT) inventory system.
  • Worry free inventory management.
  • Reusable Pallets that minimize disposal hassles and recycling costs.
  • In-House Trucking that takes care of the coordination and scheduling for you.
  • All CWI products pass a number of quality control tests before shipping, to ensure that our customers receive a quality product each and every time.
  • Custom application equipment to achieve the highest performance out of our products.
  • A guaranteed supply of filler and extenders to meet your plywood glue room requirements.
  • Robotic Spray Booths that help to maximize product usage and provide a safe working environment for employees
  • Option to use our returnable collapsible totes which are lighter than metal and fold down for easy for cost effective returns.

Like us, Canadian Willamette Industries is defined by their corporate mission statement “PARTNERING THROUGH SERVICE, INNOVATION AND INTEGRITY”– the same credo that has served us since 1952.

To learn more about CWI and our other divisions, please visit www.wilvaco.com/Divisions.

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POLYQuik to be Showcased at 2013 APWA Congress & Expo

With the 2013 APWA Congress & Expo in Chicago just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to spotlight POLYQuik, one of the divisions of Willamette Valley Company.

POLYQuik can best be described as high-performance concrete repair products, color-stable coatings, fillers and sealants, floor coatings, primers, and spray coatings.

The products are tested and developed to the most stringent standards. Systems are thoroughly evaluated for performance with the latest in application equipment, physical properties testing, weather exposure, adhesion testing, chemical resistance testing and much more. The resulting concrete repair products are fast curing, tough materials.

Our laboratories and research centers are located in Oregon, Georgia, Louisiana and Chile. POLYQuik’s team of scientists and engineers consists of more than 45 members with more than 75 years combined experience in product development and application.

To see it in action, watch this POLYQuik® FastPatch SC application video.

WVCO representatives are looking forward to showcasing our concrete repair products like FASTPATCH and POLYQuik for transportation and infrastructure markets.

APWA Congress & Expo
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Come see us in booth 520!
For more information on the Expo Experience visit www.apwa.net