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Cement industry innovations in view of climate protection

VDZ President Christian Knell at the VDZ Congress 2018
“Climate protection, digitalisation and the cement plant of the future: these are the key issues for the future of our industry, issues we are greatly committed to tackling”, VDZ President Christian Knell said at the opening ceremony of the 8th International VDZ Congress 2018 in Duesseldorf. During the three-day event representatives from the cement industry, its suppliers and the fields of science and research will discuss current technical challenges, future-related subjects and the conditions facing tomorrow’s cement production. continue

Cement industry continues to invest heavily in environmental protection

German cement manufacturers invest a lot of money in environmental protection. As shown by the recently published "Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2017", constant investment in environmental technology has made it possible to achieve further progress in increasing energy efficiency and reducing the emissions of the plants. "The reduction of nitrogen oxides is of particular significance for cement manufacturers, which is why they employ extensive, state-of-the-art reduction processes to reliably satisfy limit values and ensure the protection of both the environment and local residents", says Christian Knell, President of VDZ. continue

Significant 4.8 % rise in cement consumption in 2017

Approx. 28.8 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2017, roughly 4.8 % more than in the previous year. VDZ expects much less growth in 2018. continue

Environmental Data of the German Cement Industry 2016: high investments in environmental protection

The now available environmental data of the German cement industry 2016 show that last year German cement manufacturers once again invested decisively in plant optimisation. This keeps them in a leading role worldwide in terms of environmental compatibility, alternative fuels and plant energy efficiency. “Where exhaust gas cleaning is concerned, German cement manufacturers have kept up their commitment. They are currently investing around 450 million euros especially in measures to cut NOx emissions”, says Christian Knell, President of the German Cement Works Association e.V. (VDZ). continue

3.2 % increase in cement consumption in 2016

Approx. 27.5 million tonnes of cement were used in Germany in 2016. This figure is roughly 3.2 % higher than in the previous year. The German Cement Works Association (VDZ) is expecting this positive trend to continue in 2017. continue

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

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