The interest for decorative concrete is reaching new heights all over the world, and with this comes a need for education and training. Many countries are looking to the United States for products, information and support.
Over the past few years there have been training and educational events in countries such as England, France, Italy, Greece, Lithuania and Georgia.
As part of the search for training and education, these countries have been host to some of the most respected industry leaders in the decorative concrete business. Join me as we take a trip around the world to see what is happening with decorative concrete.
Great Britain is one of the veteran countries when it comes to stamped concrete. However, the country has been slow to pick up on new technology within the decorative concrete industry.
Recently, Mike and Rebecca Green moved from the U.S. to England. Having worked in decorative concrete in the U.S., they saw a gap in the market for their applications and techniques.
Not being able to find the right products or the type of quality they were used to, they decided to start importing materials from the States. It was at this point that Greencrete was formed as a specialty supplier to the decorative concrete market in the U.K.
With these new product lines came a need for training. Greencrete is a supplier for Speciality Concrete Products. In July 2008, SCP sent technical director Marshal Hoskins to the south of England to assist in a training event and demonstration for the U.K. market. The three-day training covered stamped overlays, acid stains, concrete countertops and vertical texturing systems. Reportedly, attendees were impressed with the knowledge and experience that Hoskins provided during the training course.