... “what” or “where” to produce, it is almost a question of “how” – of know-how! Ever since the beginning of ZKG International, the only way to know how to successfully combine tradition and innovation has been to share experience and knowledge. The ways and means of sharing have diversified enormously in the course of time. Print and electronic media,online and e-papers as well as conferences, are becoming more and more numerous, as well as faster, but knowledge and scientific work need time to come to fruition. Knowledge is like the shoot of a flower, it cannot be split when young or grown arbitrarily. Knowledge has to develop, to evolve, to be verified or even corrected. Unfortunately, in these fast-moving times, an increasing number of self-styled gurus are appearing. They publish unverified knowledge in order to abuse it as an instrument for self-marketing in a large circulation.This will not become a danger if proven professionals with a solid industrial background are writing for professionals in the industry - technically well-founded, verifiable and authentic articles. ZKG International will remain loyal to its readers and will continue to augment its reputation further as the leading technical magazine. Welcome to our new readers from all over the world – and please do not confuse ZKG International with any other publication! Irrespective of this, the global economy is awaking and 2014 is going to be a positive year for the binders sector, manufacturers, plant construction companies and their suppliers.In this issue as usual we will present high-grade technical papers. Amongst other things, please read about investigations regarding damage forecasting for large systems, the optimization potential of separators, as well as a market report on the recent Japanese cement market and an interesting article on the development of a new type of cement.
On this note, I would like to wish you a pleasant perusal of this issue of ZKG International – written by top-level engineers for top-level readers!
Dr. Hubert Baier