In addition to research projects funded from public funds, VDZ Technology gGmbH also carries out research projects on behalf of the private sector. Research fields include concrete technology, chemistry and mineralogy, cement production and industry-specific issues in the field of environmental protection, knowledge transfer and digitisation. Topics addressed include resource, material and energy efficiency, decarbonisation, sustainable construction and product quality.

Fields of research and innovation

The non-profit organisation VDZ Technology gGmbH pools the joint activities of German cement manufacturers in order to promote knowledge, technology and research and development in the field of manufacture and use of hydraulic binders. Drawing on more than 140 years of research experience, VDZ Technology gGmbH gathers and produces new findings for the purpose of:

  • Ensuring the performance of cement and concrete – in particular durability
  • Opening up new areas of application for cement-bound building materials
  • Tackling problems relating to the production and use of cement and cement-bound building materials
  • Using alternative fuels and constituents for cement and concrete production
  • Improving the performance and operating characteristics of kilns and grinding plants
  • Reducing energy consumption in cement production
  • Reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other substances that have an impact on the climate and environment in cement manufacture
  • Ecological assessment of cement-bound building materials
  • BIM-assisted condition assessment and repair planning for concrete constructions
  • Digital process support, evaluation of process data

In addition, researchers from VDZ convey these findings to VDZ's member companies, authorities, universities and the public. Issues of standardisation and quality assurance play a special role. At the same time, VDZ's experts work to improve environmental protection and promote industrial safety measures. With its training programme VDZ offers seminars, workshops, online options and training courses lasting several weeks as a comprehensive further education offering for the quarrying industry. In order to fulfil its tasks, VDZ Technology gGmbH provides services in the fields of environmental and operating technology, chemistry and mineralogy and concrete and concrete constituents.

Research projects

In our knowledge portal you can find out about our current and completed research projects.

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Industrial collective research

Industrial collective research (Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung, IGF) bridges the gap between basic research and industrial application. Under the umbrella of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), new technologies are being developed for entire sectors, and increasingly groups of sectors, in order to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Commissioned research

We offer professional and integrated consultation, support and execution of R&D projects. Alongside partners from the building materials industries, VDZ also collaborates with industry partners from related fields, for example energy companies or the steel industry, as well as with universities.

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Other areas in which we operate

Thermal process technology

We offer a comprehensive service portfolio covering the entire field of thermal process technology. We can advise you on every aspect of process optimisation, product quality, energy efficiency and the use of alternative fuels and raw materials. In addition we also conduct measurements in high-temperature processes as well as performing process technology modelling.

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Environmental and climate protection

We can offer integrated consultation on all environmental aspects associated with the production and processing of cement, lime, concrete and other construction products. With a view to enhancing your environmental performance we can identify your specific requirements and accordingly offer you a complete package of various services. For example, this involves the production of environmental expert reports and the optimisation of your process steps and products.

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Performance of cement

We can offer you various comprehensive services for the purpose of optimising the performance of cement. In doing so we provide you with full support throughout the entire process. Our interdisciplinary teams of experts have many years of experience gained from customer projects around the world and also further their knowledge by working on practical research projects.

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Person to contact

Do you have questions regarding our research?

Dr Volker Hoenig
Environment and Plant Technology

+49-211-45 78-254

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