Related Links: Solidia Technologies Portland Cement Association Concrete technology is not an easy business to break into. There have been many attempts in recent years to "green" the concrete business, from cements that fix CO2 during the curing process to industry attempts to increase the use of fly ash in concrete. But while new companies have come and gone, Parsippany, N.J.-based Solidia Technologies thinks it's onto something new.The venture-capital-backed firm recently signed a partnership agreement with France-based concrete giant Lafarge and is now working to bring its CO2-cured cement to market. Lafarge will work with Solidia on demonstrations of commercial-scale
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.