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Last update: 14 September 2015

President's monthly report

A brief history

With the rapid development of countries in the Asian and neighboring region in recent decades, infrastructure development is at the hub of economic and engineering activities. Co-operation between these countries particularly in the development and construction sectors is vital. These involve the sharing of expertise and experiences with concrete which is the single most common material used in construction.  As a result, the first gathering of the heads and representatives of concrete institutes in Asia under the name of "Asian Concrete Forum" was organized in Sapporo in July 2001, hosted by the Japan Concrete Institute.   

Asian Concrete Forum, Sapporo, July 2001

In October 2002, the 2nd ACF was held in Seoul hosted by the Korea Concrete Institute followed by the 3rd hosted by the Indian Concrete Institute in Pune in September 2003.  At the Pune's meeting, the establishment of Asian Concrete Federation was agreed by consensus among all delegates attending that meeting.

The Asian Concrete Federation was officially inaugurated at the 1st ACF International Conference organized by Thailand Concrete Association in Chiang Mai in October 2004.


To promote understanding of concrete structures and provide services to the Asian society through
  • Initiation and support of international collaborative activities for development of research and technology relating to various aspects of concrete and concrete structures;
  • Dissemination of useful information on concrete and concrete structures by way of publications, conferences, symposia, workshops and/or seminars;
  • Promotion of updating and revising concrete codes/standards on structural design, materials, construction and maintenance through development of new knowledge to meet the needs of the changing time;
  • Interaction with members and keeping them aware of the activities of the Federation.

Organizational Structure

Current Executive Council

President     Manyop Han
Korea Concrete Institute
Ajou University
Vice-President (Policy)     Subhajit Saraswati
Indian Concrete Institute
Jadavpur University
Vice-President (Technical)     Hiroshi Yokota
Japan Concrete Institute
Hokkaido University
Treasurer     Somnuk Tangtermsirikul
Thailand Concrete Association
Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
Elected Members     David Millar
Concrete Institute of Australia
      Batmunkh Ochirbat
Mongolian Concrete Association
      Le Trung Thanh
Vietnam Concrete Association
State Authority for Construction Quality Inspection, Ministry of Construction
      Yin-Wen Chan
Taiwan Concrete Institute
Taiwan National University
Ex-officio member     Takafumi Sugiyama
Chairman, ACF Technical Board
Hokkaido University
Immediate Past President     Tamon Ueda
Japan Concrete Institute
Hokkaido University

Past Executive Councils