Opening address for Cemtech Europe 2015: Sebastian Spaun, Managing Director, Association of the Austrian Cement Industry (Austria).

Filmed at Cemtech Europe 2015, 20-23 September, Intercontinental Hotel, Vienna, Austria.

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Ladies and gentlemen thank you very much for the friendly introduction. As Keith said my name is Sebastian Spaun and I'm working at the association, the local association of the cement industry. It is a great honor for me to welcome you all here in Vienna and to open the Cemtech Europe 2015. First of all, let me introduce the Austrian Cement Industry in short words.

The next chart please, here we go. What you can see here is the map of our small country, you see the members of our association and you will see that we have somewhere around 50% global players in our association and 50% private owned companies in Austria. You see a quite a lot of blue dots where our plants are located.

So we have eight clinker burning plants and two grinding stations in Austria and what you can see also is the plants are located north and south of the Alps. The reason is, in between there's no cement plants. There are high mountains between 2,000 and 3,800 meters, a lot of limestone and this is also the reason why some of these plants are very close together. In between mostly there is a mountain, that you can't pass whether with cement or with something else.

Let's come to the next chart. Here are some key figures from the Austrian cement industry. What you easily can see is that we make around 4.4 million tons of cement per year. Small country, small amounts and you also can see that the amount is, and this is the good thing, is stable, stable in the last years.

After the crisis, Austria had a drop in production by around 25% and since 2009 will influence that drop. It's more or less the same on the lower middle. Another turnover of our member plant is around 370 million, around 1, 100 people are working in the Austria cement, industry in the Austrian plants I also showed you, want to show you that we had quite heavy investments from year to year, so somewhere around 30 to 40 million per year, but in the last two years we see a decrease. Yes the reason is that we have stable conditions, and the cement market is not going up it keeps stable.

Yes, if you look to the cement consumption per capita, Austria has around 580 kilograms per capita. So I see it quite high for a developed economy as Austria is. Austria is more or less built, but we still use 580 kilograms per capita. The next chart has a lot to do with the conference main topic I would say.

Austria is certainly the right place to discuss about alternative fuels and alternative raw materils certainly the right place to discuss distribution rates co2, mitigation topics and of course innovative flue gas cleaning systems. As you can see on this chart, the thermal energy demand went constantly down from the 1950s.

What you also can see is that the thermal energy demand came to a minimum long time ago. End of the 80s, beginning of the 90s, Austrian cement plants reached 3,500, 3,400 kilogram of clinker. At this time we had 100% dry processes in Austria and we reached somehow the

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