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Consortium partners

The public-private Project Aether consortium brings together a complementary set of competencies and expertise.



A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity




BRE is the UK’s leading centre of expertise on building and construction and the prevention and control of fire. BRE provides independent and authoritative advice relevant to every stage of the life cycle of a structure from design to demolition and recycling. BRE’s expertise is available to a range of industries and organisations, from multi-national companies and Government departments to individual professionals.  BRE has a distinguished track record of work on cements and concrete, having major inputs to the development of Codes and Standards, and carrying out major programmes on the durability of concrete, and the use of a range of binders in Portland cement formulations.  Over many years, BRE has been recognised as the UK’s leading source of best practice guidance for the construction and built environment sectors.  Its publications (Digests, Information Papers and technical reports) are highly regarded and have underpinned UK and European Standards.




The Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials (ICiMB) is a Polish research unit created in 2007, following the merger of  the Institute of Glass and Ceramics, the Institute of Refractory Materials, the Institute of Mineral Building Materials and the CEBET. ICiMB activity is concentrated in the areas of the non-metallic mineral processing industry, particularly associated with the production of ceramic and glass, refractory materials, and mineral building materials, in the field of biological sciences and the environment, and also in the field of engineering. ICiMB is a notified body nr 1487 within the framework of EC Directive 89/106/EEC. From the beginning of its existence, the Institute has provided engineering and consulting support to the lime and cement industry, authorities and end-users.

The Institute focuses on:

  • carrying out R&D work as well as dissemination and  implementation of their results into practice; 

  • state-of-the-art analysis and assessments in the direction  of technological developments;

  • active participation in standardization and certification;

  • quality assessment and verification of certificates of  conformity;

  • publishing, training, protection of intellectual property and  delivery of scientific, technical or patent information;

  • small-batch production of experimental apparatus and  equipment, as well as special refractory ceramics, binders  and building materials.

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