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Construction of new Research Institute of the Cement Industry: Winner of architectural competition selected

By 2017 the German Cement Works Association (VDZ) hopes to have completed its new building at Toulouser Allee in Düsseldorf which is to be home to VDZ with its unique research institute and associated organisations with around 180 staff. This is to serve as the basis for safeguarding further long-term development of the research institute and the various business areas of VDZ. The winner of the architectural competition for the new building has meanwhile been selected. continue

Dust, sulphur, nitrogen oxides: emissions are on their way down

"The environmentally harmful emissions generated by German cement works dropped again in 2013," says Dr. Martin Schneider, Chief Executive of VDZ and head of the research institute Forschungsinstitut der Zementindustrie, summarising the key finding of the recently published environmental data for the German cement industry ("Umweltdaten der deutschen Zementindustrie 2013"). Of particular note, according to Schneider, is the fact that manufacturers have managed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by more than half as compared with the reference year of 1990. continue

Annual Convention Cement – Cement industry facing major challenges

"Lower limit values for emissions, a reliable, low-cost energy supply and competitive production costs: These are the big issues facing the cement industry, which needs to jointly develop solutions", commented Gerhard Hirth, President of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ), in his opening speech to VDZ's Annual Convention Cement 2014. On 11 and 12 September over 350 experts from the cement industry, its suppliers and researchers came together in Düsseldorf to discuss technical challenges currently confronting this sector and its political and technological framework in coming years. continue

German cement market in 2013: Housing sector of increasing importance

Over half the cement bought in Germany is used to produce in-situ concrete (55.8 percent), according to VDZ’s report on the demand for cement in 2013. At 30.4 percent the manufacture of precast concrete components is the second most important market. The remaining cement is used for plaster, mortar and screed (5.2 percent) and various other applications (8.6 percent). continue

VDZ members elect new board of directors: Gerhard Hirth remains VDZ President

The member companies of the German Cement Works Association (VDZ) elected a new board of directors on Tuesday in Berlin. After a three-year period of tenure, VDZ President, Gerhard Hirth, (SCHWENK Zement AG) was again confirmed in office. Christian Knell (HeidelbergCement AG), Dr. Dirk Spenner (Spenner Zement GmbH & Co. KG) and Eric Wittmann (CEMEX Deutschland AG) were elected Vice Presidents. continue

Inland cement demand in 2013 almost at the previous year's level

In Germany, approx. 26.5 million tonnes of cement were used in 2013. In comparison to the previous year, this corresponds to a slight drop of 1.1 percent, as VDZ has now announced. Despite difficult weather conditions, the cement market has therefore shown stable development. continue

Environmental data on cement production: Raw material requirements, fuel energy and emissions

Less carbon dioxide, reduced fuel energy use and a slight increase in power requirements - these are the findings of the environmental data presented by the German cement industry in 2012. Since 1998, VDZ has been documenting both the use of raw materials and fuel energy and also emissions from the cement works of its members. continue

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