A press breakfast of the Polish Cement Association

Krzysztof Kieres, member of the Management Board and the General Director of Dyckerhoff Polska Sp. z o.o, participated in a press breakfast of the Polish Cement Association devoted to the topic of “Cement and concrete, as low-emission construction materials” that was held on 11 April 2019 in Warsaw. Representatives of the businesses associated in the organisation discussed the condition of the Polish cement industry in the context of its development, environmental impact, and market considerations.

Increased demand for cement related to intensive growth of construction business and building of national roads and motorways under the second European Union perspective is an important challenge for the cement industry in Poland. It is the challenge that the industry is capable of meeting. Cement is a quality stable product that is produced with the use of exclusively Polish raw materials, and which allows implementing even the boldest visions of designers and architects – was said at the press breakfast of the Polish Cement Association. According to forecasts by research institutes analysing the situation of the construction sector, it may be expected that the sales of cement in 2018 will be close to 18m tons, which means an increase of some 6.0 to 7.0% against the 2017 figure.

Concrete is the most important product manufactured from cement. President Krzysztof Kieres talked about its application in housing construction. According to data provided by Poland's Central Statistical Office (GUS) there were 178,000 housing units commissioned for use in 2017, or nearly 10% more than in 2016. - In housing construction, we may use both ready-mixed and prefabricated concrete. Concrete may be used to make construction elements such as foundations, basements, beams, slabs and ceilings, walls and flooring. There may be concrete roof tiles, too – said Krzysztof Kieres and answered the question why concrete should be used in construction.

- Concrete is characterised by a durable life that reaches at least several dozen of years. Elements made of it are easy to shape, install, and disassemble. Concrete is resistant to environmental conditions, and has low permeability and a significant water- resistant feature. It is resilient to corrosion and fire – enumerated Krzysztof Kieres. On top of that concrete, owing to a high thermal mass, operates as a buffer, absorbing heat, storing and releasing it with an appropriate speed.

A press breakfast of the Polish Cement Association