The World Cement Association (WCA), founded in 2016, is the first and largest independent organisation that works globally on behalf of the cement and clinker industry and its stakeholders, with offices in London, Beijing, and another opening in Dubai in 2021. We are a not for profit company incorporated under UK law, owned and controlled by our members.
The aims of WCA are to represent and promote the global cement industry, as well as the commercial and legal interests of its members to national and international institutions and organisations. WCA supports a sustainable cement industry, encouraging technical development and innovation by its members to achieve full decarbonisation, in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The majority of our members are cement producers, ranging from the world’s largest companies, with capacities of 540 Mtpa (Megatonnes per annum)), to some of the smallest, with capacities of 0.5 Mtpa. We also represent companies across the wider value chain, including specialist engineering firms, equipment suppliers and technology providers. WCA currently has 66 members globally.
Our members are able to play an active role in the association through their participation in the board, and professional committees and networks. These are: Technology and Innovation; Environment and Climate Change; Safety & Health; and the Gender Focus Network. WCA provides practical help to our members through sharing of best practices in member forums, where cement industry experts in diverse areas such as plant design, green quarries, machine learning AI, vertically integrated business models and low carbon footprints can disseminate their knowledge and encourage in-depth discussions on the topic. Corporate Members can also access our PEGASUS (Plant Evaluation, Gap Analysis & Support Service) programme, whereby a member company participates in benchmarking and plant visits to carry out gap analysis and diagnosis of potential improvements.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, WCA has continued to support and provide value-added services for our members. This has included hosting fortnightly webinars on diverse topics, including the impact of COVID-19 on the cement industry, professional virtual networking opportunities, video interviews with senior professionals across the industry, and launching a podcast series, the Clinker Factor, which discusses global issues of sustainability and decarbonisation with cement industry experts.
There is more information about WCA on our website, www.worldcementassociation.org, or on our social media platforms – LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.