24 May 2017 Press release
Christian Knell, General Manager of HeidelbergCement in Germany, was elected as the new President of VDZ in Ulm on 27 April 2017. He succeeds long-standing President Gerhard Hirth, who has been at the helm of VDZ for
With Christian Knell in charge, VDZ will continue to be run by an experienced rep-resentative of the cement industry. Knell has been Vice-President of VDZ since 2012 and has been working in the industry for more than 25 years.
The main driving forces in his new role as President will be the technological de-velopment and innovation along the full value chain of cement and concrete. "We have made great progress in recent years but our aim is to further improve our processes and products,” says Knell.
Founded 140 years ago as the German Cement Works Association, VDZ is today also a competence centre for cement and concrete with a strong focus on re-search. Based in Duesseldorf, VDZ provides its services to the cement industry worldwide.