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First cement clinker produced with oxyfuel cooler technology

Testing of the innovative oxyfuel clinker cooler prototype
The CEMCAP partners IKN, HeidelbergCement and VDZ have successfully managed to produce cement clinker using the oxyfuel cooler technology. The innovative oxyfuel clinker cooler prototype has been tested during the last 6 months, as part of the EU research project CEMCAP. The project is focused on preparing the ground for large-scale implementation of CO2 capture at cement plants for later storage or use (CCS, CCU). The European cement industry could make a significant contribution to climate protection through CO2 capture technology, which is essential for future mitigation of cement industry’s process emissions. continue

VDZ bids farewell to 23 plant supervisors lime/cement

VDZ bids farewell to 23 plant supervisors
On 15 March 2017 the 27th plant supervisor training course lime/cement (IML) ended with a ceremony in Duesseldorf. All 23 participants received their master craftsman's diploma after 18 months of further education. Previously, they had to demonstrate their versatility in eight written examinations and one final oral examination at the Examination Board of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Duesseldorf. The high quality of the training was reflected in the excellent performances of the new plant supervisors. In future they will carry out important tasks in their companies and represent the "backbone" of the industry. continue

VDZ Technical Training Programme 2017/2018 published

VDZ Technical Training Programme 2017/2018
VDZ has just released its new international training programme 2017/2018, which contains many varied courses and workshops for newcomers and experts in the cement industry. The newly expanded training programme 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. continue

Environmental policy change and technical progress at the VDZ Annual Cement Conference 2016

More than 350 experts from the cement and concrete industry and related sectors gathered at the traditional VDZ Annual Cement Conference on 27 and 28 September 2016 in Duesseldorf. This year's meeting focused on domestic and European industrial and environmental policies as well as on a variety of technical and scientific topics in the field of cement process engineering and concrete technology. The programme included a number of presentations on subjects such as the challenges associated with emissions trading and the influence of developments in the building industry on the demand for cement and concrete. The highlights of the conference were the awarding of the VDZ Safety at Work Prize and the 5th Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize. continue

VDZ extends its international ASR expertise

VDZ is one of eight international partners of the “LNEC cube study” to establish a link between outdoor exposure sites dedicated to alkali-silica reaction (ASR) investigations. The transnational comparison is used to investigate the impact of environmental conditions on the kinetics of ASR, the effectiveness of preventive measures and the reliability of laboratory tests. The results will allow establishing new specifications for reducing the risk that deleterious expansion and cracking develop in concrete infrastructures due to ASR in different environments. VDZ is therefore part of a unique network and has expertise that can be utilized in international projects. continue

VDZ Technical Training Programme 2016/2017 published

VDZ has been offering its training and education programme for more than 50 years. Many experts in the cement industry have attended our courses, which range from highly focussed one-day workshops to two-year courses for foremen and cover a broad scope of topics on the production of cement and its application in mortar and concrete. Deeply rooted in the cement industry, VDZ is continually expanding its training programme, which is based on the technical and scientific expertise gained from its research and the services it provides for international cement producers. continue

Germany's environmental advances

The recently-published "Environmental data of the German Cement Industry 2014" highlights efforts made by the German cement industry to make production as resource-efficient as possible and to further reduce emissions. "Particular mention should be made of the fact that the producers are doing a lot to preserve natural resources through the increased use of alternative raw materials and fuels," notes Dr. Martin Schneider, general manager of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ). continue

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