The Federal German Association of the Brick and Tile Industry (BV) has a new General Secretary: as of 1 October 2017, Dr. Matthias Frederichs joined the General Secretariat and has performed the associated duties together with Martin Roth up to the end of the year. After 19 years serving the German brick and tile industry, Roth retired at the end of the year. Since 1 January 2018, Dr. Matthias Frederichs has taken over sole responsibility for the work.
Dr. Frederichs has wide-ranging experience in the construction materials industry. Originally from Cloppenburg, the 38-year-old was previously four years General Secretary of the Association of German Construction Materials Industry – Non-Metallic Minerals in Berlin. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as a consultant on industry and economic policy for the Federal Association of the German Cement Industry in Berlin.