NEX and ICC-ES Sign Allied Organization Memorandum

NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials is pleased to welcome ICC Evaluation Service as a new Allied Organization. NEx has signed a MOU with ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) to create a partnership in advancing the use of nonmetallic building materials.

ICC-ES is the leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components, and systems and is a member of ICC-ES solutions. This agreement will support NEx’S vision to provide the industry with better materials and solutions and accelerate adoption of nonmetallics in codes and standards. The agreement will create a platform for more collaborations to advance sustainability, quality, and integrity of nonmetallic building materials.

The signing ceremony was held in Brea, CA, on October 20, 2022. It was attended by ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian; ICC-ES Vice President of Marketing Anna Mullen; ICC-ES Senior Staff Engineer Dr. Mahmut Ekenel; Aramco Nonmetallic PMO and NEx president Mr. Waleed Al-Otaibi; NEx Board Director Mr. Riyadh Shiban; NEx Executive Director Dr. Jerzy Z. Zemajtis; and ACI/Aramco Liaison Director Mr. Gusai AlAithan.

“Sustainability and safety of nonmetallic construction materials are the main focus of NEx’s strategy – this MOU with ICC-ES sets the stage for promising collaboration to develop new testing and qualification requirements for better serving the construction industry,” said Waleed Al-Otaibi, NEx President and Aramco Nonmetallic Material Business Strategy PMO.

This exciting new collaborative effort means that ICC-ES will join NEx on its mission to collaborate globally to expand and accelerate the use of nonmetallics in the built environment to drive innovation, research, education, awareness, adoption, and deployment. This also includes development of Acceptance Criteria to promote the use of nonmetallic materials in construction.

“ICC-ES is uniquely positioned to develop ACs (Acceptance Criteria) for new materials, technologies and processes for innovative products such as nonmetallic materials in concrete construction,” said ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. “We are honored to be an Allied Organization of NEx and advance the safety and sustainability efforts of the built industry.”

“We are excited to welcome ICC-ES as our new Allied Organization Member and look forward to working together and collaborating globally on the quality and integrity of nonmetallic building materials,” said Jerzy Zemajtis, NEx Executive Director.

Learn more about ICC-ES and NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials.

About NEx

NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, was established in 2021 by the American Concrete Institute with Aramco as its founding member. The Center, based at ACI World Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, accelerates the use of nonmetallic materials and products in construction, leveraging ACI’s role as a world-leading authority and resource for the development, dissemination, and adoption of consensus-based standards for concrete design, construction and materials. The Center’s membership is open to government agencies, industries, technical societies, standard bodies, manufacturers, and contractors. To learn more, visit

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