Germany is one of Russia’s most important international trading partners. German products and services enjoy a good reputation in Russia by virtue of their quality and reliability. The anticipated building activity and the associated demand for top quality construction materials open up a whole range of opportunities for German manufacturers and service providers from this segment in Russia and on neighbouring markets.
At the request of VDZ members with business interests in Russian-speaking regions, VDZ therefore got together with other service providers and universities in early 2013 to work on creating a platform for training courses in Russian in the field of cement production and utilisation. The idea was to offer not just traditional seminars, but also training courses for future cement industry managerial personnel and development programmes in the form of online courses for employees at cement works in Russian-speaking areas. In the project, VDZ was to take responsibility for subjects relating to process technology and the environment, Kima Echtzeitsysteme GmbH for instrumentation and control technology topics and Teutrine GmbH for the field of operative maintenance. The intention was also to approach further companies with a view to extending the range of subject areas available on the platform. The Research Institute for Industrial Rationalisation (FIR) at Aachen University was to assist the project partners with creation of the platform and organisation of the services to be offered.