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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 in particular the joint activities of German cement manufacturers 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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Important industry publications

Here you will find an overview of current VDZ publications such as our CO₂ Roadmap or our regularly published industry publications like the Activity Report or "VDZ Environmental Data".

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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.

Knowledge base

News

27.09.2021

News

Less energy use through optimisation and new ways of comminution

60% of the electrical energy comsumed in cement production is used for comminution. In order to reduce this amount, VDZ is engaged in researching new ways of comminution and optimising existing grinding plants. You can find more information in the following video.

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09.09.2021

Press release

Creating an appropriate framework for the transformation of the cement industry

The recently published “Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2020” reveals how cement manufacturers in Germany are aiming to meet the latest environmental policy targets. The agenda is headed by three major topics: Climate neutrality by 2050, the preservation of primary raw materials and air pollution control.

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27.07.2021

News

VDZ's Education and Training Programme 2021/22 ensures efficient, practical learning

With its "Education and Training Programme 2021/22" VDZ supports the efforts of the cement industry to be successful in the long term through consistent qualification of the workforce. VDZ ensures efficient and practical learning by providing a wide range of vocational training courses and (online) seminars covering technical topics.

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24.03.2021

News

Research meets practice at VDZ's Cement Chemistry Conference 2021

VDZ's Cement Chemistry Conference took place on March 18, 2021 as a web conference with over 80 participants from Germany and Europe. The Conference, moderated by Dr. Jörg Rickert, was aimed specifically at experts from the cement and concrete industry. It is an important forum and link between community research and the requirements from daily practice.

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03.12.2020

Press release

German cement industry on course for a carbon-free future

In the face of global climate change it will be imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world over the next few decades. This also applies to the cement industry. "We are well aware of our responsibility, and the industry in Germany is willing to make its contribution towards achieving climate neutrality in the future", says Christian Knell, President of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ). The new VDZ study, "Decarbonising cement and concrete: A CO₂ roadmap for the German cement industry", shows possible ways of mastering this transformation by the year 2050.

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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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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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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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