Holcim has acquired several aggregates and gravel operations and ready-mix concrete plants in Switzerland and France. Holcim, together with a French partner, Eiffage Travaux Publics, has purchased eight aggregates and gravel quarries and four ready-mix concrete plants in Alsace (France) and Holcim (acting alone) four ready-mix concrete plants in the Basle area (Switzerland) from Lafarge as of January 2011.
This strategically attractive acquisition will allow Holcim (Schweiz) AG and Holcim (France) to supply customers even better in these markets. At the same time, the acquisition serves to secure high-quality aggregates reserves in this attractive economic area. As some gravel pits are located directly on the river Rhine, Holcim will be able to supply gravel and sand by ship not only to Switzerland and South Germany but also to Luxemburg and the Netherlands.