Planning hearings before the US authorities are currently taking place with regard to the complete rebuild of the Ravena works, raising the capacity from the current 1.7m tonnes to 2.8m tonnes per annum, while reducing the number of kilns to two.

Lafarge Zimbabwe is aiming to increase its cement capacity from a current 0.38m tonnes to an eventual 1.0m tonnes per annum, although current capacity utilisation is just 70%. Lafarge is, however, expecting domestic market to show good growth after a prolonged period of depressed conditions and there are export prospects to Malawi and Mozambique. Other African expansion projects were also considered during the December visit by Bruno Lafont to at least six countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lafarge India aims to build a 1.1m tonnes per annum integrated works at Nonglesh in north-eastern India.