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Press statement

New Board – New Members – New Award Winners

At its 69th annual general assembly the German Industry Association for Construction Chemicals Deutsche Bauchemie e.V. elected a new Board, announced new members and awarded science medals and young talent prizes to four junior scientists.

 

Johann J. Köster (chairman of the Board) and Norbert Schröter (director-general) welcomed around 130 participants to Lüneburg. Right at the beginning of the event, they had good news: by a board decision, six companies have been newly admitted to Deutsche Bauchemie, namely

  • Paul Bauder GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart
  • Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Essen
  • Hermann Otto Chemie GmbH, Fridolfing
  • HOBUM Oleochemicals GmbH, Hamburg
  • Celanese Services Germany GmbH, Sulzbach
  • Trinseo Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH, Schwalbach

Now the association with headquarters in Frankfurt has 130 members.

Fourth term in office for Johann J. Köster
The annual general assembly focused on the periodic election of the Board.
Outgoing Board members were Dr. Christoph Riemer (Wacker Chemie AG), Dr. Erhard Jacobi (CTP Chemicals and Technologies for Polymers GmbH)) and Dr. Josef Weichmann (PCI Augsburg GmbH).
Dr. Christoph Hahner (DAW SE), Johann J. Köster (Köster Bauchemie AG),Dr.-Ing. Claus-Michael Müller (MC-Bauchemie Müller GmbH & Co.), Dr. Rüdiger Oberste-Padtberg (Ardex GmbH), Dirk Sieverding (Remmers GmbH), Joachim Straub (Sika Deutschland GmbH) and Andreas Wilbrand (Sopro Bauchemie GmbH) were reelected.
Newly elected Board members are Andreas Collignon (Wacker Chemie AG), Prof. Dr. Josef Felixberger (PCI Augsburg GmbH), Alexander Gänsler (StoCretec GmbH) and Dr. Clemens von Trott zu Solz (Triflex GmbH).
Johann J. Köster was reelected chairman of the Board, starting his fourth term in office.

No opening up and no review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
In his keynote address Köster looked, inter alia, in current political developments. He deplored the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and the uncertain future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after the change in government in Washington. Köster analyzed the situation of the European economic and currency union and emphasized that, irrespective of the forthcoming Brexit, there were positive signals for Europe through the election results in France: “This also benefits the construction chemicals industry here in our country.”
Regarding the changes in building law and the publication of the draft model administrative provision Technical Building Rules (MVV TB), Köster forecasted for his association an extra workload in the coordination process and, after that, in the implementation of the new regimes. Deutsche Bauchemie rejects an opening up and review of the only four-year old Construction Products Regulation, which had been discussed at times among expert circles. The chairman warned against putting into question the legal framework created by CPR.
In the run-up to the German nationwide election, Johann J. Köster formulated clear demands to the next federal government. These include fiscal incentives for research, more investments in university education in subjects relevant to construction and construction chemistry as well as regulation and legislation that support innovations instead of impairing them.

Awarding of science medals and young talent prizes
In regular intervals, the association gives special recognition to young scientists for outstanding dissertations and master theses. In Lüneburg the science medal (Wissenschafts-Medaille) of Deutsche Bauchemie, which comes with a prize money of € 4,000, went to Dr. Christina Krämer (Siegen University) and Dr. Thomas Sowoidnich (Bauhaus University Weimar). Alexandra Gerz (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) and Mona Xenia Sando (TU Berlin) received the young talent prize (Förderpreis) which carries € 2,000 each.

70th anniversary assembly 2018 in Baden-Baden
The lecture series at the annual general assembly 2017 was opened by Professor
Dr.-Ing. Carl-Alexander Graubner (TU Darmstadt, Institute for Massive Building). He spoke about “Sustainable building in a modern society”. Alluding to the wording of the “Energiewende” (energy transition in Germany), he called for a much more effective heat transition (Wärmewende) instead of an electricity transition (Stromwende). Next, Jeanette Huber (Zukunftsinstitut GmbH, Frankfurt) presented the megatrends of individualization, urbanization and network creation, including their impacts on markets and innovations. In his concluding talk, Professor Dr. Axel Meyer (Konstanz University, chair of zoology and evolutionary biology) explained in a descriptive manner e.g. how genes determine our lives and why women and men are different.
The 70th annual general assembly of Deutsche Bauchemie will be held on 7/8 June 2018 in Baden-Baden.

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Captions:
The new Board of Deutsche Bauchemie (from left ro right): Andreas Wilbrand, Dr. Clemens von Trott zu Solz, Andreas Collignon, Alexander Gänsler, Norbert Schröter, Dr. Christoph Hahner, Dr.-Ing. Claus-Michael Müller, Dirk Sieverding, Joachim Straub, Prof. Dr. Josef Felixberger and Johann J. Köster

Management and speakers at the annual general assembly 2017 (from left to right): Norbert Schröter, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carl-Alexander Graubner, Jeanette Huber, Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer, Johann J. Köster

Photos: Deutsche Bauchemie

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The industry association Deutsche Bauchemie represents the entire construction chemistry sector in Germany. The spectrum of ca. 130 member companies ranges from small and medium-sized, special operations all the way to groups of affiliated companies active all over the world. With annual sales of around 8.2 billion euros, these companies generate half of the European market volume and approximately one-fourth of the world market. Under the German umbrella organisation Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI), Deutsche Bauchemie represents the interests of its member companies vis-à-vis the expert public, politicians, national and international authorities and institutions.



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