Knut Stegmann, Das Bauunternehmen Dyckerhoff & Widmann: zu den Anfängen des Betonbaus in Deutschland 1865-1918. Wasmuth, 2014.
Concrete based on Portland cement is one of the most important innovations in the field of building construction in the 19th century. The “triumph” of the material is inextricably linked with the upcoming concrete industry. The book deals with the Dyckerhoff & Widmann Company as one of the most important protagonists in that field in Germany. The company’s systematic experiments laid down the foundations for the expansion of concrete constructions. Organizational developments, partly based on study trips to the US, improved the productivity on the construction sites by mechanizing and optimizing the building processes. Marketing strategies, largely unknown in the building industry, contributed to the distribution of the technical innovation. In this way the company gradually succeeded in opening up new markets for concrete: from precast concrete components to products of civil engineering and eventually to (famous) architecture like the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw.