Aramco, China Building Materials Academy launch NEXCEL center of excellence for nonmetallics
The center, to be located in Beijing, will further advance the use of nonmetallic materials in the building and construction sector.
Aramco and the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) on Tuesday launched NEXCEL, a new Nonmetallic Excellence and Innovation Center to further advance the use of nonmetallic materials in the building and construction sector.
The center was launched at an event in Beijing, where the center will be located.
NEXCEL will leverage CBMA’s expertise and resources to promote the development and application of nonmetallic technologies that offer superior lifecycle cost, efficiency and environmental advantages over their metal alternatives.
A network of excellence
The new center of excellence joins the Aramco launched NIC: Nonmetallic Innovation Center at The Welding Institute in Cambridge, U.K.; and NEx: A Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials at the American Concrete Institute (ACI), headquartered in Michigan in the U.S.
Ahmad A. Al Sa’adi, senior vice president of Technical Services at Aramco, said, “We are excited to be part of this important initiative with the China Building Materials Academy, to jointly advance the use of nonmetallics in building and construction in China.
At Aramco, we have been developing and deploying nonmetallic solutions within our own operations for more than 20 years as they offer superior life cycle cost, efficiency, and environmental advantages over their metal alternatives.
— Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi
"Given the advantages of nonmetallics, we believe that this new Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials will catalyze a wide range of exciting new opportunities,” he added.
Zhan Yanjing, vice president of the China National Building Material Group (CNBM), said: “The partnership represents our long-term collaboration and mutual trust, and it is also an important measure to build green, low carbon solutions.
"As an important platform for CNBM’s technological innovation, CBMA is the largest and strongest research center in the field of nonmetallics in China. CBMA will provide great support to NEXCEL, and create an open and innovative environment, helping NEXCEL make greater contributions to global sustainable development,” he said.
On the hunt for nonmetallic solutions
For more than two decades, Aramco has been leveraging its technology leadership to develop and adopt nonmetallic solutions in its oil and gas operations, and Aramco is driving the development of a suite of nonmetallic solutions through global collaborations with prominent academic institutions, research and technology organizations, manufacturers, and industry leaders such as the CBMA.
NEXCEL will promote the development and application of nonmetallic technologies by exploring opportunities for joint projects in research and development, standards development and adoption, professional development and certifications, advocacy, and international outreach.
The center will also create a global collaboration platform to expand and accelerate the use of nonmetallic materials to improve sustainability, contribute to a lower carbon footprint, and enhance the durability and longevity of structures.
As a leading R&D center, CBMA has excellent technical resources, including eight professional Scientific Research Institutes, seven state and industrial key laboratories, and 23 national standardization technical committees. CBMA has been recognized as the “Base for International Sci&Tech Cooperation” by the Chinese government and has conducted extensive co-operations with over 100 countries.
CBMA has established strategic partnerships with many international academic institutions, certification bodies and enterprises, and has launched a variety of similar initiatives with international organizations, such as the UNIDO International Center for Materials Technology Promotion, the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), the Cement Task Force, and the APP Center of Excellence, as well as the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) China Office, and these initiatives have made great contributions to the low carbon and sustainable development of the building materials sector globally.