On Saturday, June 03, 2023, we, thomas zement, were represented at the open-air job fair “JobWalk” at the market place in Jena. Together with about 100 regional companies, we presented our company in addition to our diverse professional offers. We were able to explain the production of cement, binders and building materials to interested visitors.

It was particularly important for us to address young people and give them an opportunity in our industry. After all, there is a shortage of young people in all sectors of the regional economy. Our Managing Director Heiko Theuerkauf also emphasized that we have no fears for the future and will close the personnel gaps.

However, we do not rely on temporary employment as a strategy. We are open to applicants with different educational backgrounds and also welcome high school graduates and people with higher general education in our company.

On Saturday, we welcomed 50 interested visitors to our stand and look forward to continuing to inspire people interested in the construction and building materials industry in the future.

This week, thomas gruppe signed a purchase agreement with CRH/OPTERRA Germany under which thomas gruppe will buy OPTERRA Zement GmbH and OPTERRA Beton GmbH. This includes the Karsdorf plant, the decommissioned Sötenich plant, and the Neufahrn ready-mix concrete plant. The purchase will effectively be completed by the end of 2022.

For years, we have been pursuing a steady, long-term growth course in the cement, concrete components and ready-mix concrete segments.

In the cement business, the purchase of the Erwitte plant in 2017 significantly improved our competitive position. Together with the plant in Dorndorf, we have achieved significantly greater coverage in Germany and also in the Netherlands and are benefiting from synergy effects.

We would like to continue this growth course. You don’t often get an opportunity like taking over the cement plant in Karsdorf in your life. Karsdorf, with its gigantic rock deposits, its market position of well over 1 million tons of cement and its experienced team, enables us to better supply our customers and leverage improvement potential. In addition, Karsdorf has sufficient scale to introduce a technology in the long term with the Dorndorf clinker requirement that will capture the CO2 produced in the cement production process in an ecologically and economically viable size. We are convinced that cement will become a clean building material and believe in its future.

We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

OPTERRA Werk Karsdorf