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As the new President of AFCAB, I would first of all like to thank Bernard Creton for his unfailing commitment to serving AFCAB over the last twenty years. Under his presidency, AFCAB experienced strong growth and became a recognized certification body.
Administrator representing Associations of producers of steel bars, crowns and welded mesh for several years, I have had the pleasure of working in recent years with Bernard and succeeding Michel Ferran in the role of Treasurer.
Running for president of our organization was for me the logical continuation of this commitment. I want to put all my experience and motivation to the service of promoting quality and safety in our reinforced concrete sector.
A metallurgical engineer, I have held various positions of responsibility throughout my career in the fields of rolling, product quality and safety and environment.
Our sector faces significant challenges such as decarbonization, but our society also needs safe, quality structures that last over time. To do this, AFCAB must make its voice heard as a key player in the construction sector. My team and I wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in early 2024 to present our roadmap for the coming years.
Before 1990 .
The producers of fabricated reinforcement should be inspected by each projectowner, successful tenderer of an important construction (e.g. nuclear power plant).
These project owners should go to the workshop to verifytheproduction conditions and make sure that the producer of fabricated reinforcementproperly applies its QualityPlan.
After 1990 .
Birth of AFCAB, the French certification body for concrete reinforcement.
When EDF decidedto build the CIVAUX nuclear power plant, the Equipment-Construction Direction suggested to the Chairman of APA, the Professional Association of Producers of Fabricated Reinforcement, to set upa certification, granted by an independent body, addressing the specifications common to all producers of fabricated reinforcement.
After gathering the essentialstakeholders of the sector: associations representing the manufacturers ofreinforcing steels; SNCF, ministryin charge of the public works; Central Laboratory for Bridges and Roads (existing IFSTTAR), it was decidedtoAFCAB, the French certification body for concrete reinforcement.
AFCAB gathers the main stakeholders that produce and process concretefabricated reinforcement and their accessories.
It representsthe project owners (MTSE, SNCF, EDF), the distributorsand the large construction companies, the manufacturers of reinforcing steels (bars and coils, welded fabric, lattice girders), theproducers of fabricated reinforcementas well as the companies that place and process fabricated reinforcementon site, the laboratories / audit bodies (IFSTTAR, CEREMA, CSTB) and technical inspection bodies (COPREC) and CIMBETON.
Body accreditedby COFRAC, the French accreditation Committee, AFCAB hasstrongly contributedto the preparation and implementation of certificationschemes that allow the constructors and the project owners to be confident in the fact that thelink “fabricated reinforcement” will perfectly be integrated in the quality chain of theproject.
AN ACCRÉDITÉD BODY
The association is backed up with:
- A Board of directors, composedof 12 voluntary members,
- A permanent Secretary, composed of 4 employees,
- 25 qualified auditors,
- 8 testing laboratories,
- 5 specific Committees, each composedof around fifteen voluntary experts.