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Partnering will be crucial for foundations industry, says expert

The future of the foundations industry in Europe is difficult, but the key to growing the business will be partnering, European Federation of Foundations Contractors (EFFC) outgoing president Maurice Bottiau has said.

Speaking at the EFFC annual general meeting in Cesena, Italy, Bottiau highlighted the need for the industry to work more closely and be more open. “Times are difficult and prices are low,” he said. “There is also the challenge of meeting higher requirements in terms of safety and quality and the need to deliver on sustainability for tomorrow.

“The federation has a major role to play in benchmarking, analysing important decisions and getting to know each other to build better and more sound business relationships.”

During the meeting Bottiau handed over the role of president to Trevi chief executive officer Stefano Trevisani. Trevisani underlined the need for a more cooperative approach, and said: “New forms of contract are needed to allow more partnering and alliance. This will not only help in the current market but also improve delivery on complex geotechnical projects.”

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