Lafarge Polska, the Polish unit of French cement manufacturer Lafarge, raised cement prices in Poland by between 16 Polish zloty (Euro 3.9 euro and 24 zloty (Euro5.9) per tonne, an increase by 10 per cent to 12 per cent, respectively, the company said on February 1, 2005. Lafarge Polska’s move was dictated by growing electricity and fuel prices, the company added.
Other cement producers operating in Poland have already said they would hike cement prices for the same reasons. Polish cement maker Gorazdze Cement increased cement prices as of January 1, 2005 by 20 zloty (Euro 4.9) per tonne, up 9.0 per cent to 10 per cent. Gorazdze Cement, a subsidiary of German cement concern HeidelbergCement AG, and Lafarge Polska jointly hold over 40 per cent of the Polish cement market.