News - July 2003

New equipment bank in Guatemala
Long-time MCR producer Emiliano Armira has taken on the responsibility of managing the new equipment bank in Guatemala. Equipment is available to new producers, but also to current producers who may want to expand or update their workshops. In Guatemala some workshops have been producing successfully since 1989, and managed to make inroads into the private market. The quality of tiles throughout the country is close to excellent, and the market situation is stable.



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South-south interchanges: MCR equipment arrives in Columbia
The arrival of the equipment was the first step, then a technician from the Columbian Foundation for Natural Construction Processes (PROCONAT) will travel to Techo Fácil in Ecuador and afterwards there will be a full MCR course in Columbia. These were the key points of discussion between EcoSur y PROCONAT. This foundation has working relations with the Columbian technical institution “Constructors for the Future” and the cooperative “CONSTRUIR”, organizations involved in capacitation, not only in the technical field to improve the quality of construction, but also in the development of human resources. We hope that the planned interchanges will benefit all organizations.


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CIDEM professor provides expertise in Bangladesh
A challenging metal roof structure for MCR tiles is to be built in Dahka through DUS-Bangladesh. This dynamic organization began MCR tile production in the year 2000 with EcoSouth training and is now taking a great leap forward with this roof. It is an immense structure 2500 m2 that requires expertise beyond local possibilities. Thus, DUS-Bangladesh director, Modal Hakim, recurred to EcoSouth for assistance. Professor Nolasco Ruiz from CIDEM drew up the plans in consultation with Dahka architect Dr. Ahmed Iftekhar and is currently onsite in Dahka.

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