At the sites in Emstal and Brück, a research team in the three departments of product and process research, application research and accredited testing laboratory takes care of the topics of mineralogy, building materials testing, civil engineering, building physics and recyclability. In order to meet the increasing demands on building materials, the team works on new materials, optimizes proven formulations and constantly improves the properties of our building materials.
The Product and Process Research unit is primarily concerned with the fundamental properties of our building materials. This includes raw material analyses, the substitution of primary raw materials and even the development of completely new building materials. The raw materials lime and cement are very CO2-intensive in their production. Research is therefore being carried out into formulations and processes to substitute proportions of these raw materials. A key focus is on further developing the circularity of our products; you can find out more about this here.
Once product and process research has developed a new product, it is still a long way from being ready for the market. Applications research is primarily concerned with analyzing how new building materials or products will perform in practice in the future. They are exposed to extreme stresses such as heat, frost or simulated earthquakes. The field of building physics also deals with the quality and health of living in buildings – including heat, moisture, sound and fire protection.