Finnish concrete producers JA-KO Betoni Ltd and its parent company Ruskon Betoni wanted to change their direction towards a more environmentally friendly construction according to their values, and were looking for the best low-carbon solution for concrete production on the market.
The chosen partner was Betolar, whose innovative technology and expertise they trust and whose geopolymer-based solution both parties see as the future of construction.
Right from the start, the cooperation has been solution-driven. The production methods such as traditional concrete manufacturing made it possible to quickly kick off production with moderate investments in machinery and equipment.
“JA-KO Betoni sees the transition to low-carbon concrete as a clear competitive advantage which will bring us new business opportunities. But above all, it is the right direction for our company to shift towards green and environmentally friendly construction.”
Managing Director of JA-KO Betoni
The cooperation with Ruskon Betoni began in 2020, when a joint product development and testing process was launched. Since the implementation of the Geoprime® solution does not require major equipment investments, JA-KO Betoni is able to start the production of low-carbon concrete as early as in the summer of 2022.
The 10-year Geoprime® license and delivery agreement between Betolar and JA-KO Betoni was officially signed in February 2022. With the agreement, JA-KO Betoni has a license to use the Geoprime® materials technology solution in the production of its concrete products. In addition, they have access to Betolar's research, development and expert services related to the solution
During the pilot phase, comprehensive compliance testing were performed in accordance with concrete standards, e.g. in terms of strength, bond of reinforcement and the effect of salt-frost stress.
Based on these, it was possible to prove the conformity and production capability of cement-free Geoprime® material as a substitute for cement.
Betolar and JA-KO Betoni will jointly prepare the necessary quality control and work instructions. They do not differ significantly from the manufacture of existing concrete products.
The transition to Geoprime® production was possible with moderate additional investments. Production capabilities were created during the winter, and the production started at the JA-KO Betoni factory at the beginning of the summer 2022.
The manufacture of JA-KO Betoni's low-carbon concrete products will start during the summer and the first products will be available during autumn 2022. In the future, the product range will be expanded to other concrete products according to growing demand.
The aim of JA-KO Betoni, in cooperation with Betolar, is to replace the share of aggregates with industrial sidestreams in the future
Demand for low-carbon concrete products in the market is constantly growing. One source of demand is cities that want to achieve their carbon neutrality targets and deliver on their promises by finding climate-friendly construction solutions.