Clinker Factor - Episode #35

16 October 2023 - In this episode of the Clinker Factor, Ian Riley speaks to Siegfried Andraess, Global Industry Manager Building Materials & Glass of SICK AG and WCA Member, about the influence of process automation on the cement industry, the role of real-time data monitoring, and the opportunity to use automation solutions to improve safety performance. 

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Cement production is responsible for approximately 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is possibly the hardest to abate sector. In this podcast series, the World Cement Association’s CEO, Ian Riley, talks to industry leaders, experts and technological innovators from across the globe, bringing insights and fresh perspectives on how the cement sector can decarbonise and improve sustainability. Suitable for anyone interested in climate change mitigation and industrial sustainability.


Ian Riley

Clinker Factor Host: CEO, World Cement Association

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1979, Mr Riley worked in a number of management roles in the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan before moving to China in 1998. He was General Manager of a British project management and consulting firm, based in Shanghai and also Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai before joining Holcim/Huaxin in 2006.

As Huaxin VP responsible for international business, strategy and sustainability, he oversaw Huaxin’s first overseas venture in Tajikistan. Mr Riley was Greater China Country Head for LafargeHolcim from 2014 to 2019.  He has been CEO of WCA since September 1, 2019.

Siegfried Andräß

Clinker Factor Guest: Global Industry Manager Building Materials & Glass, SICK AG

Siegfried Andräß completed his studies in Product Engineering at the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences and worked as a sales and project engineer for a medium-sized company. Since 1998 he has been working for SICK AG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of analyzer, sensor and sensor solutions. He worked in product management and as a country representative for almost 15 years before taking over responsibility for the cement industry in 2014. He sees his motivation in supporting cement manufacturers in all areas on the difficult path to de-carbonization. Examples here include automation, digitalization, energy and process efficiency.