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The company archive preserves a wide range of important documents and audiovisual materials. 

150 years of progress

Factory building with smoking chimneys on a river

In 1873, Johann Philipp Schifferdecker started producing Portland cement – then a completely new building material – with just 35-employees in Heidelberg, Germany. He probably never imagined that 150 years later, Heidelberg Materials would be one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials.

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A flyer with the caption The History of Heidelberg Materials: The development of  company from southern Germany into an international group

The Company Archives team publishes various publications on the history of the Group, which go into detail about the 150-year history of the Group or present individual cement plants.

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The company archive preserves a wide range of important documents and audiovisual materials. It also supervises the company's historical collections.

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Dietmar Cramer

Dietmar Cramer

Senior Officer Company Archive

Heidelberg Materials AG Berliner Straße 6
69120 Heidelberg

Articles on the history of Heidelberg Materials

The history of our logo

In 150 years, you have to reinvent yourself again and again as a company. Accordingly, we changed our logo frequently.

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Leimen plant: 125 years

Old printed work, text on it: Portland-Cement-Werk Heidelberg

Learn how it went from disaster to a new start.

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25 Years Archive

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Archive? What exactly is that? Sounds dusty!

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