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Christian Knell was elected as the new President of VDZ today

VDZ President Christian Knell
Christian Knell, General Manager of HeidelbergCement in Germany, was elected as the new President of VDZ in Ulm today. He succeeds long-standing President Gerhard Hirth, who has been at the helm of VDZ for 12 years. continue

Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize awarded for the fifth time: Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegbert Sprung honoured for his life’s work

On the occasion of the VDZ Annual Cement Conference 2016 in Duesseldorf, Germany, the fifth Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize has been awarded to Professor Dr.-Ing. Siegbert Sprung. continue

Cement consumption reaches 26.6 million tonnes in 2015

Approx. 26.6 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2015. The figure was roughly 2.2 per cent lower than in the previous year. The German Cement Works Association (VDZ) is expecting a positive market development again in 2016. continue

Reduced emissions thanks to alternative raw materials and fuels

The recently published "Environmental data of the German Cement Industry 2014" are further proof of the efforts made by the German cement industry over the past year to make production as resource-efficient as possible and to further reduce emissions of relevance to the environment and the climate. To quote Dr. Martin Schneider, General Manager of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ), "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". continue

EU proposals for emissions trading after 2020 – cement industry rejects flat rate reduction

The EU climate protection targets envisage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40 per cent by the year 2030 based on 1990 as reference year. Last Wednesday the EU commission presented its proposal for reforming the emission certificate trading system with effect from 2020. In the opinion of the German cement industry, the commission has however failed to address a number of problematic issues. continue

Cement market 2015: Consumption in Germany expected to be lower than last year

For the current year, the German cement industry is expecting a decline in cement consumption in Germany of 1.6 per cent to around 26.7 million tonnes. On account of the subdued market in April and May, cement producers no longer anticipate being able to make up for the poorer development of the first quarter as compared to the previous year by the end of 2015. The early indicators are also more gloomy, particularly in the industrial construction sector. continue

Cement consumption increases slightly to 27.1 million tonnes in 2014

In Germany, approx. 27.1 million tonnes of cement were used in 2014. This represents a 2.2 per cent increase in consumption as compared with the previous year. The German Cement Works Association (VDZ) is also predicting further growth for 2015. continue

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