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Green Building with Drymix Mortar Technology

Abu Dhabi Executive Forum on Sustainable Drymix Mortar Technology 
23. March 2010, 11:00 - 15:00; The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi 

UAE Legislators Meet to Discuss Modern Construction Technology

Programme for Download

Sponsored by: 

The executive forum “Green Building with Drymix Mortar Technology’ has being organized in cooperation with The Petroleum Institute. It featured 6 lectures by MEDMA member companies and guest speakers as well as a keynote speech by our hosts. Close to 100 participants from Municipalities thoughout the Emirates, Federal Government (Ministries) as well as delegates from from major consultants, developers, contractors and suppliers of drymix mortars attended the Forum. Topics were focused on the environmental issues, the necessity and awareness of Green Building, economizing the limited energy resources and helping energy savings by using intelligent building materials. The contribution of drymix mortars to sustainable developments stood in the centre of the programme.

The conference was moderated by Ferdinand Leopolder, Executive Director of MEDMA.

4th Annual MEDMA Conference, 25. Nov 2009, Dubai

Lecturers at 4th Annual Confcerence (from left to right): Richard Goldberg, Ammar Ali,Ferdinand Leopolder, Dr. Marwan Kazzaz, Dr. Michael Monz, Jay Jacoby, Stefano Carrá, Jean-Christophe Trassard

Programme for Download

MEDMA held its 4th Annual Conference on 25. Nov 2009, 09:00 - 14:00 in Dubai, UAE. Like in the previous years, the conference was staged on and during BIG 5, the region's most important building materials fair. It was supported by DMG World Media, Media Sponsor was ZKG International.

Sponsors included (in alphabetical order) BASF, Colmef, Dow Construction Chemicals, Eirich, Elotex, Frigmaires INternational, Falcon Chemicals, Grimm Metallpulver, Haver & Boecker, Kerneos, m-tec GmbH, Sodamco (Sodap) and Wacker Chemie. 

Green Building with Drymix Mortars United Arab Emirates Executive Forum on Sustainable Drymix Mortar Technology 14. May 2009

Under the Patronage of Dubai Municipality


Green Building with Drymix Mortars
United Arab Emirates Executive Forum on Sustainable Drymix Mortar Technology
14. May 2009, 09:00 - 14:00; InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, UAE 
UAE Legislators Meet to Discuss Modern Construction Technology

The executive forum “Green Building with Drymix Mortar Technology’ under the patronage of Dubai Municipality took place on 14 May 2009 in InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City and brought together around 100 participants from Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Sharjah Municipality, RAK Municipality, Al Ain Municipality as well as delegates from from consultants, developers, contractors and suppliers.

The conference was organized by MEDMA and co-organized by The United Arab Emirates Society of Engineers. It was sponsored by MEDMA members Colmef, Conmix, Laticrete RAK, Mapei and Wacker.

The forum focused on the environmental issues, the necessity and awareness of Green Building, economizing the limited energy resources and helping energy savings by using intelligent building materials. The contribution of drymix mortars to sustainable developments stood in the centre of the programme.

sponsored by: 

The opening speech was given by Ali Achmed Elian, Head of Engineering Materials Laboratories Section of Dubai Central Laboratories. Mr. Elian pointed out the environmental challenges with statistical information and studies and highlighted once again the necessity of green building. Ferdinand Leopolder of MEDMA moderated the forum, which cosisted of 5 more lectures about green building topics by Colmey, Conmix, Laticrete RAK, Mapei and Wacker. He also held the final lecture about the importance of quality certification and control systems, here especially the MEDMA SEAL OF QUALITY.

Programme for Download
MEDMA Press Release 2009/02

3rd Annual MEDMA Conference, 24.11.2008, 09:00, Dubai
Preliminary Programme (subject to change without notice)

Kerneos and Wacker

Moussios, Raynaud

First Insights on a Kerneos/Wacker Comprehensive Study to Adapt the Mix Design of SLU to the Climate Coditions in the Gulf Countries



LEED and its Importnace for our Industry



The Use of Light Weight Aggregates in Drymix Mortars as Functional Fillers - Improving Workplace Environment, Workability, Smoothness, System Weight and -Durability


Carrá, de Santis, Curto, Riunno

Monitoring Techniques for Self-Leveller Products in the Plastic Phase


Wetzel, Fitz

Rational and Cost-Effective Production Systems for Drymix Mortar Products


Zurbriggen, Herwegh

Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Physico-chemical Properties of Polymer-modified Mortar at the Interfaces of Large-sized Tiles


Singh, Leopolder, Sanaobar

A Growing Association: MEDMA - Information on MEDMA Technical Projects and Quality Systems



The Material Data Sheet Protocol – From Anarchy to Order (Example: PCC for Concrete Renovation Systems)

MEDMA Member's Assembly and Symposium in Dubai on 10. March. 2008
Dubai World Trade Center, Room Ajman A, Main Concourse, above Hall 7

The Middle East Drymix Mortar Association MEDMA e.V. held its 2008 Member's Assembly and Symposium on 10. March 2008 at Dubai International Exhibition Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. The event was hosted by DMG World Media, the organizers of the Middle East Coatings Show 2008, which took place in Dubai from 10 to 12 March 2008. The MEDMA Members Assembly and Symposium 2008 was intended to discuss the regional activities of this association, the progress of the Technical Committee and the introduction of the MEDMA SEAL OF QUALITY. 

MEDMA held the elections for the Executive Committee during the event, newly elected were:
Mr. Boris Ritter, Sesam Business Consultants, Dubai
Mr. Joerg Lang, Elotex AG, Switzerland
Ferdinand Leopolder was named Executive Director of MEDMA, he stepped down from his position as Secretary
Preliminary Programme


2nd Annual MEDMA Conference in Dubai, UAE, 26. November 2007, 13:00 - 18:00
This year's MEDMA conference takes place again in Dubai, parallel to and hosted by BIG 5 Industry Exhibition .

Preliminary Programme as of 15. August 2007 (subject to change without notice):




Greeting Words




How Consultants, Developers, Conractors and Architects can Use the Pool of Knowhow within MEDMA

Sujit Singh

Laticrete RAK; MEDMA Executive Committee


Thermal Insulation of Building's Facades by EIFS

Michal Matla

Henkel Polska


The MEDMA SEAL OF QUALITY, Ensuring Product Performance by Certification

Ferdinand Leopolder; MEDMA Executive Committee


(coffee break)


Construction Damages, their Assessment and Correction - Using Tile Adhesives as an Exemple

Bernhard Reck

Gutjahr GmbH


Specially Formulated Dry Mortar - Natural Choice for Natural Stone

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt

BASF Construction Chemicals UAE LLC


The Application of Self-Levelling Flooring Screeds - a Video Demonstration

Jean-Christophe Trassard

Kerneos SA


Update and Outlook on the Technical Projects of MEDMA

Mohammed Sanaobar

Technical Chairman, MEDMA


Wrap Up, Infos about Expert Lectures in Region

Moussios, Baumgartner, Singh, Leopolder

MEDMA Executive Committee


(Gala Dinner at Bubble Lounge)

The conference is free of charge, pre-registration necessary by e-mail to MEDMA, info(at)
Right after the conference, there is a festive dinner for all pre-registered guests.

The conference location (like last year) the meeting room "Dubai" on the upper floor of the main concourse.
Please find the summary and invitation, the programme will be published here, too.

Past Events
MEDMA on Middle East Construction Materials & Chemicals Conference 2007 Abu Dhabi

Fedinand Leopolder, the Secretay of MEDMA, presented a paper on the Development of the Drymix Mortar Industry in the GCC states on this conference on Tuesday, 17 April 2007 at Le Royal Méridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Over 120 Delegates at MEDMA Opening Conference in Dubai, 

Honorary Board and Organizers:(from left to right): Dr. Saricimen (KFPUM, Dammam); Dr. Afride (NED University, Karachi), Dr. Mirhadi (Iran Technical University, Tehran), Prof. Samarai (University of Sharjah), Mr. Singh (MEDMA President), Mr. Walsh (General Manager, DMG Dubai), Dr. Tamimi (American University of Sharjah), Mr. Leopolder (MEDMA Secretary), Mr. Kanth, (REDA), Mr. Moussios (MEDMA Executive Committee).

02. Nov 06: Article in Gulf News about Opening Conference in Dubai 

A splendid dinner location: Wacker sponsored a wonderful meal at World Trade Center Appartements Garden after the conference

For download of printable .pdf invitation (3 MB) please click here.

Opening Conference Preliminary Programme:


Arrival and Registration of Participants


Greeting of the Participants and the Honorary Board

Ferdinand Leopolder; MEDMA Secretary


Inauguration Ceremony


Rehabilitation of water retaining structures

Dr. Musarrat K. Afridi

NED University, Karachi


A New Approach to Rendering: Monocouches

Philippe Tourbier



Report on Current Technical Activities of MEDMA

Sujit Singh

Laticrete RAK, MEDMA Exec. Comm.


Coffee Break


Drymix Mortars Emerge in the Middle East

Kari Saarinen, Henrik Halonen

Raute Precision Oy


Benefits of Using Calcium Aluminate Cements in Drymix Mortars

Lionel Raynaud, Jean-Christophe Trassard

Kerneos SA


Concrete Renovation Using Drymix Mortar Based Systems

Neil Grant Smith

Al Gurg Fosroc LLC


Sophisticated Drymix Mortars: Ceramic Tile Adhesives and Thermal Insulation Systems (EIFS)

Dimitrios Moussios

Wacker Chemie Middle East FZCO


MEDMA Executive Committee: Closing Remarks and Farewell



walk over the footbridge on Sheikh Zayed Road

to Mille Miglia Garden


Picnic on Sheikh Zayed Road: Lamb Roast and Arab specialties


Open End

Meetings and Conferences

30. Oct 2006


Dubai, UAE

Founding Congress of MEDMA at 
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Big 5)

13. October 2006

10:00 - 15:00

Unna, Germany, Henkel KGAa

MEDMA Executive Committee Meeting

13. September 2006

11:30 - 16:00

Munich, Lobby of Kempinski Airport Hotel

MEDMA Founding Board of Director's Meeting

13. June 2006

09:00 - 16:00

Dubai, Jebel Ali

MEDMA Technical Committee Constitutional Meeting

13. June 2006

16:30 - 18:00

Dubai, Jebel Ali

MEDMA Founding Board of Director's Meeting

31. Jan 2006


Dubai, UAE

Kick-Off Meeting at the Wacker offices in Jebel Ali

Last Update: 29. Sept 2006; fl