VDZ (Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V.) is the economic, technical and scientific association for the German cement industry. Its aim is to uphold and promote the joint economic interests of the cement industry and to promote technology and science, including pre-competitive research and development in the field of manufacture and use of hydraulic binders.
VDZ's current membership of 18 cement companies operate a total of 46 cement works in Germany. The industry employs a workforce of around 8,000 staff, who generate annual sales of over 2.7 billion euros. Five German firms and 22 foreign businesses are also associate members of VDZ. Since being founded 140 years ago, the association has helped to ensure competitive and environmentally friendly cement production and high-quality concrete construction methods through its research. To this end, VDZ also participates in the creation and further development of national and international standards and technical regulations on behalf of its member companies. VDZ uses its expertise to convey the technical and economic points of view of Germany's cement manufacturers to policy-makers in Berlin and Brussels, thus supporting the companies in global competition.