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Research and development

An investment into research and development presents an important part of Igmat‘s strategy. Consequently, a significant part of our sources is being spent for purchasing, maintaining, and updating of our high-quality testing equipment and education of our employees. We actively participate in various national and international scientific projects, prepare high quality research papers based on our own experimental work which are published into world`s leading scientific papers from this field, cooperate with faculties and other national and international research organizations, prepare research projects for national and international customers, etc. Our employees which are members of our Igmat Research Team formed at Slovenian Research Agency are among world`s leading researchers and professionals in the field of testing building materials. We actively participate in almost all national and many international scientific and professional conferences, symposiums, and workshops dealing with testing of cement based materials and are active members of various national and international scientific organizations.

Our Research and Development department cooperates with all other departments of our institute - we develop new, advanced techniques for testing various building materials, perform activities necessary for maintaining our testing equipment, internal and external calibrations, different educations of our employees and customers, etc.

We are aware that investment into above research and development activities are of paramount importance to achieve the highest level of quality, professionalism, impartiality, and promptness of our activities. This is our basic philosophy, important virtue, and competitive advantage.

Activity (the work) of the department

  • introduction and analyses of new testing, prescribed by standards 
  • introduction of new (nondestructive) material characteristic testing 
  • numerical modeling of material characteristics 
  • equipment handling (selection, introduction of new equipment, operation testing) 
  • internal equipment calibrations


In collaboration with partner Varis Lendava, Igmat is engaged in a development project entitled Development of a Sustainable Building Element Based on Recycled Waste Concrete ULTRA-REC. The primary goal of the project is to develop ultra-light and high-insulating precast concrete elements based on recycled waste material. We are developing a new, innovative cement based material which exhibits the highest insulation and the lowest specific weight compared to similar materials in the industry worldwide. The material includes high content of recycled material, which remains in-house during the production of finished bathrooms.

Igmat's main task is to design concrete mix compositions with the aim of achieving optimal workability and mechanical properties of concrete on one hand, and optimal proportion of recycled material and additives in the concrete mix composition on the other hand. As a part of an extensive experimental work, we are producing a large number of concrete mixes and specimens, conducting numerous standard and advanced tests on fresh, setting and hardened concrete to determine the properties of fresh and hardened concrete. Tests are also performed on specific elements made from the developed concrete mixes. Advanced statistical techniques are used for result analysis. The project results will significantly contribute to setting new trends in the industry of precast bathroom development, and further enhance the added value and recognition of both participating companies.


Igmat was involved in a project entitled »Sharing and application of innovative strategies for seismic protection of masonry buildings« - CONSTRAIN as a part of Interreg Italia – Slovenia Program.

Within a period 2020-2022, Igmat was actively involved in a project entitled “Sharing and application of innovative strategies for seismic protection of masonry buildings” - CONSTRAIN as a part of Interreg Italia – Slovenia Program. Igmat was one of six partners included in this project (3 Slovenian and 3 Italian partners). A main task of Igmat was to disseminate project results, preparation of photo and video material, preparation of state of the art of existing techniques used to strengthen various masonry buildings, organization of conferences and seminars related to projects etc.

During the project, Igmat was financially supported which is highly acknowledged.