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The Association

VDZ (Verein Deutscher Zementwerke) is the economic, technical and scientific association for the German cement industry. Its aim is to uphold and promote the joint economic interests of the cement industry and to promote technology and science, including pre-competitive research and development in the field of manufacture and use of hydraulic binders.

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Certification

Certification is a separate, independent and non-partisan area supplementary to VDZ's service portfolio. It is performed by the recognised autonomous certification body VDZ Cert. This ensures the independent monitoring and certification of construction products to satisfy the protective purposes of the Construction Products Regulation and the Federal State Building Codes.

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Research & Innovation

The non-profit organisation VDZ Technology gGmbH pools the joint activities of German cement manufacturers in order to promote knowledge, technology and research and development in the field of manufacture and use of hydraulic binders.

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Services & Consulting

As an international technical and scientific service provider for the cement and building materials industry, VDZ provides all services relating to cement, concrete and environmental protection. We cover the entire value chain from one source.

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Knowledge base

Knowledge transfer around the topics cement and concrete

As an internationally renowned research and competence centre for cement and concrete, which has been in existence since 1877, we have comprehensive, holistic and practical expertise that reflects the latest state of the art. In our knowledge portal, you can find out about a wide range of publications, events, research projects and further training courses.

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News

01.09.2020

Press release

Demand for cement at a high level, outlook cautious

Speaking about the development of the German cement market, Christian Knell, president of VDZ, says "It has rarely been so difficult to make a forecast as it is this year". Since March 2020 the coronavirus pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty amongst most people and companies in this country. So far the cement manufacturers have had no grounds for complaint, not least because favourable weather conditions helped the cement market to get off to a good start in 2020. "Despite the lockdown coming into effect in March, the demand for cement was upheld by the continuation of work on construction sites – also thanks to the quick action taken by the government", says Christian Knell, looking back on the situation.

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09.01.2020

News

VDZ Technical Training Programme 2020/2021 published

VDZ has now released its new Technical Training Programme 2020/2021. The newly expanded training programme for newcomers and experts in the cement industry covers a broad scope of topics on the production of cement and its application in mortar and concrete. It is founded on VDZ’s technical and scientific expertise gained from its research and the services it provides for international cement producers.

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10.10.2019

Press release

Cement consumption 2018 slightly increased by 0.4 percent

Approx. 29.0 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2018. The figure was thus roughly 0.4% higher compared to the previous year. VDZ sees the industry continuing in a stable environment for the years 2019 and 2020.

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22.09.2019

Press release

Carbon footprint remains a challenge for the cement industry

In the past year, German cement manufacturers have invested in a large number of measures to further reduce their carbon footprint. These include both renewed efforts to improve the energy efficiency of cement production enabled by new production facilities and an additional increase in the share of alternative fuels utilising biomass. This is shown by the "Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2018" which is published annually by the German cement manufacturers. "We have also made significant progress this year and further improved our CO₂ performance," says Christian Knell, President of VDZ. "However, it is also clear that we are increasingly reaching our limits in reducing CO₂ emissions with existing technology. We are therefore working on new, future-oriented technologies, above all on capturing CO₂, which will allow us to continue using it or, if necessary, to store it."

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23.08.2019

Events

Perspectives of CO₂ infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia

More than 90 representatives from industry, research, government and civil society gathered at the workshop “CO₂-Infrastruktur in NRW” in Duesseldorf on 22 August 2019. The workshop was hosted by VDZ as part of the IN4climate.NRW initiative. It provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the prospects for the establishment of CO₂ infrastructure in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, within the context of climate protection.

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22.08.2019

Press release

Workshop on the prerequisites for CO₂ infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia

Today VDZ is hosting the workshop “CO₂-Infrastruktur in NRW” in Duesseldorf as part of the IN4climate.NRW initiative. The event provides participants of industry, science, politics and civil society with an opportunity to discuss the prospects for the establishment of CO₂ infrastructure in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, within the context of climate protection. “The capture, transportation, use and possibly also the storage of CO₂ will play an important role in the reduction of process-related CO₂ emissions in the cement industry,” emphasises VDZ Chief Executive Dr Martin Schneider.

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06.08.2019

News

34th Anthology of Concrete Technology Reports published

The efficient use of resources and climate protection are two major challenges modern concrete construction methods have to face up to. The articles in the 34th Anthology deal with a broad spectrum of topics that address these important issues.

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23.10.2018

Events

Workshop on innovative carbon capture technologies in the cement industry held in Brussels

On 17 October 2018 a workshop on forward-looking carbon capture technologies in the cement industry took place in Brussels, attended by 88 participants from the cement industry, industry associations, research institutes, politicians, NGOs, universities and technology providers. The event was organised by ECRA and the research groups CEMCAP and CLEANKER. VDZ is actively involved in both research groups.

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04.10.2018

Events

VDZ Congress 2018: Climate protection and digitisation are key challenges for the cement industry

More than 600 representatives from the international cement industry and associated suppliers, as well as from scientific and research institutes around the world, gathered at the International VDZ Congress 2018 in Duesseldorf at the end of September. Steeped in tradition, the VDZ Congress is one of the world's most important events in the industry. The 40 talks held at this year's congress focused on particularly pressing topics such as climate protection and digitisation. The participants also discussed current technical challenges and the general situation with regard to cement production. A further highlight was an evening ceremony at which the winners of the VDZ Industrial Safety Prize 2017 received their awards.

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02.10.2018

News

VDZ Activity Report 2015 - 2018 published

The VDZ Activity Report 2015 - 2018 summarises VDZ's manifold work for the last three years. The report is available via the newly developed VDZ eBooks app.

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VDZ as employer

Making a career in the cement industry

As the knowledge hub of the industry, we offer a versatile, all-encompassing range of services for all aspects of cement and concrete. With our in-depth understanding of the cement industry, we identify current and future challenges for the industry at an early stage and develop suitable solutions.

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Person to contact

Do you have questions about VDZ?

Dr Martin Schneider
Chief Executive of VDZ

+49-211-45 78-0
vdz@vdz-online.de

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