Dr. Martin Schneider
Phone: +49-211-45 78-1
Fax: +49-211-45 78-296
Germany's cement manufacturers have formed an independent interest group since 1877, when they founded the "Verein Deutscher Cement-Fakrikanten" ("association of German cement manufacturers"). Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V. (VDZ) is continuing this tradition. VDZ's range of topics and fields of activity has been constantly expanding and changing throughout its history, which spans 140 years. Today, its activities represent the economic, technical and scientific interests of the German cement industry.
In addition, VDZ's Research Institute in Düsseldorf is a world-unique research centre for practical and quality-oriented joint work on cement and concrete. Promotion of technology and science within the scope of the non-profit organisation VDZ gGmbH fulfils one of the association's key purposes. It also offers extensive development programmes for the industry.
Outstanding quality awareness has been decisive in VDZ's history. Based on this tradition, VDZ works in examining and monitoring the products and processes of cement manufacturers. Since 2007, these tasks have been pooled into the divisions of the environmental measuring body, PÜZ body and FIZ-Zert within the independent Forschungsinstitut der Zementindustrie GmbH.