The "Il Cemento nell'Identità del Monferrato Casalese" (Cement in the Identity of Monferrato Casalese) non-profit organization was founded in 2006 and consists of public institutions, private firms and individual citizens, with the objective of furthering our knowledge of, and preserving and developing the heritage of the binder products industry (lime and cement) of our territory.
The association is actively involved in scientific collaborations with the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Polytechnic of Turin, with the goal of cataloguing everything related to the cement industry (buildings, objects, artefacts, quarries) in the region, and choosing the artefacts and sites that are worthy of being preserved, developed and repurposed to keep the traces of this history visible and visitable as a new form of cultural and recreational tourism in the Monferrato Casalese area through the local authorities.
The association also supports cultural initiatives and exhibitions aimed at presenting first-hand accounts in an artistic and documentary form, working in close collaboration with the Buzzi Unicem Historical Archive, which has gathered all the documentation published on this topic in our area since the late 1800s. The archive serves as a memory for people who did not directly experience the transformation of Monferrato from an agricultural to an industrial society, with the goal of keeping the framework of these human and social events alive, including the unique technical and scientific discoveries that took place and the profiles of the leading characters at the time. Buzzi Unicem is a partner of the association.