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Refining and Product Application

We offer the downstream industry in Germany a neutral platform for the exchange of information and experience, and promote research and development in the processing and application of mineral oil and its derivatives. Our network comprises partners from the industry, science, and government agencies.

We organise the exchange of information and experience in the technical committees and working groups and regularly invite to meetings and workshops. The exchange is scientific/technical and takes place in a comprehensive network on industry topics and industry challenges that affect everyone. Representatives of the refinery sites and pipeline companies in particular use the exchange to learn from others and to inform themselves about proven measures. The topics arise mainly from the daily business of the member companies. Frequently, topics for project work are identified from the exchange.

Your Contact to the DGMK Office

Jan Ludzay

Head of the Refining and Product Application Department

Nadine Ludzay


Joint Research

In the downstream area we are currently working on more than 30 projects with about 20 research institutes. Around 150 experts are involved in the project support. Represented are mineral oil and pipeline companies, biofuel producers, additive manufacturers, automobile manufacturers and suppliers, manufacturers of heating devices and components of the oil heating system.

The topics for the project work arise from both the daily business of the member companies and from the dialogue between industry and science. The spectrum is broadly diversified: The admixture of alternative fuel components has resulted in significant changes in product properties. Questions such as storage stability, interactions, deposit formation and material resistance are the focus of attention in the product area. 

The other core topics range in the refinery sector, here in particular process and occupational safety with event statistics and joint derivation of measures, to questions in logistics, such as soil compaction via pipelines or joint circulation of in-situ concrete at filling stations.

It is not uncommon for us to cooperate with other research associations, e.g. FVV Research Association for Combustion Engines, FVA Research Association for Power Transmission Technology, Carbon Composites Lightweight Construction gGmbH and VDW German Machine Tool Builders' Association.

We publish the results of our research projects as DGMK research reports.

Further information on research funding in the field of processing and application can be found here:


Traditionally in November we organise the DGMK annual meeting of analysts and offer experts a scientific/technical platform to discuss current questions and problems from an analytical point of view and to present possible solutions.

Our district groups regularly organise lectures and lecture series on specialist topics. In the field of processing and application, the events of the Upper Rhine, Bavaria and Berlin-Brandenburg district groups are particularly noteworthy. The participation is free of charge for DGMK members.

The Petroleum Pipelines Technical Committee regularly supports the annual Pipeline Technology Conference.

Every two years, the Lubricants Expert Committee is co-organiser of the Conference on Friction, Lubrication and Wear, which is organised by the Association for Tribology (GfT).

Head of Division

Jens Müller-Belau

Deutsche Shell Holding GmbH


Petra Breitkreutz

Total Deutschland GmbH

Wolfram Krenn

Representative of the ÖGEW

OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

Edwin Leber

Representative of the Mittelstand

UNITI-Mineralöltechnologie GmbH

Michael Raue

Deputy Head of the Division

BAYERNOIL Raffinerie­gesellschaft mbH

Dr.-Ing. Peter Seifried

Verband Schmierstoff-Industrie e.V.

Angela Spieckermann

BP Europa SE Global Fuels Technology