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Belgium: cement consumption up 4.6% in 2015

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Belgian cement demand increased 4.6 per cent YoY to 6,403,460t, according to Febelcem, the country's cement association. The rise was supported by good weather and a positive new housing market. The construction market saw a three per cent increase in both new residential building and renovation while public investment expanded by 5.7 per cent. Febelcem members delivered close to 4.9Mt while an additional 1.5Mt was imported as producers in nearby countries face declining domestic market...

Belgium: Lixhe plant funded for carbon capture

05 May 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement is to start a project capturing CO 2 at its Lixhe plant in Belgium. The five-year project is being led by the Low Emissions Intensity Lime and Cement consortium, which includes the Australian technology company Calix, HeidelbergCement, and other lime and cement producers, says Aggregate Research. The project, which has been granted US$13m in EU funds, calls for the construction of a cutting-edge testing facility to study a new technology for the capture of CO 2 . In t...

CRH interested in HeidelbergCement US and Belgian units

28 April 2016, Published under Cement News

CRH has expressed an interest in acquiring HeidelbergCement’s US and Belgian assets. The Germany-based company is expected to divest in such units to comply with the requirements set by competition authorities for its acquisition of Italcementi. "US cement is of interest to us and we're fully aware of the asset that may spin out of the potential acquisition," Mr Manifold said. "With regards to Belgium, it's a prime asset and certainly it would make a good fit with our businesses, providin...

HeidelbergCement to sell Italcementi's Belgian operations as part of integration plan

06 April 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has laid out its plans for the restructuring of Italcementi's operations following the former's moves to acquire a 45 per cent stake in the Italian firm last July. These include selling off Italcementi’s entire Belgian operations to address competition concerns. In a press release, HeidelbergCement said that the integration process will see the retention of Italcementi’s Italian operations and brand. The company adds that it expects the acquisition to be finalised by July...

LafargeHolcim

05 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim Belgique is closing five ready-mixed concrete plants in Flanders, a move that will affect around 60 employees. The works being closed are at Furness, Ostend, Bruges, Izegem and Herentals. Lafarge Cement Zambia, which has a combined capacity of 1.4Mta from its two works, is to quadruple its exports to Congo and from Malawi. In additioin, the production should be increased by 0.1Mta from next month. The Chinese LafargeHolcim associate Huaxin Cement Company is to invest some US$150...

Holcim to close five Belgian concrete plants

14 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Belgique announced the closure of five concrete plants in Belgium to union representatives. The step will affect around 60 employees in Brugge, Herentals, Izegem, Oostende and Veurne. “The concrete market in Belgium is stagnating and there exists overcapacity in the sector, which has increasingly deteriorated from year to year,” said the company. “As a result, the activity of Holcim Belgique in the sector has been challenged by overcapacity in view of demand. This has affected ...

Holcim Obourg reduces job losses

18 February 2015, Published under Cement News

The management of Holcim’s Obourg plant in Belgium and the unions have signed an agreement regarding the restructuring of the works. The majority of the 38 staff that will be laid off will leave the company on early retirement packages and only four will be dismissed. This lowers the initial reduction in staff by 10 after lengthy negotiations took place. The plant will now be operated by around 200 people.

Holcim to reorganise Obourg, Belgium

24 April 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim Belgique announced its plans to adapt the organisational structure of its Obourg cement works near Mons, a step which would affect 48 jobs. The company attributes the reorganisation to the significant fall in Dutch cement consumption and a slowdown in French cement demand. Holcim Belgique serves the markets in the north of France, Belgium, southern Netherlands and western Germany. Holcim says the move is expected to bring the plant back to profitability as its products improve ...

Holcim and Febelcem contest competition ruling

02 October 2013, Published under Cement News

Holcim and Belgian cement association Febelcem are appealing against the judgement by the country’s Anti-Competition Council. Last August, Belgium’s anti-competition authorities fined three companies – CBR, CCB and Holcim – and two associations (Febelcem and CRIC/OCCN) for a total of EUR14.7m. According to the council, the five organisations had colluded between May 2000 and October 2003 to avoid the use of slag in the production of ready-mix concrete. Febelcem director André Jasienski...

Belgian fines for restricting market access

02 September 2013, Published under Cement News

The three leading cement producers in Belgium, together with two industry associations, have been fined EUR14.7m for restricting market access. The Belgium Competition Council said in a statement on Friday that CBR (part of the HeidelbergCement group), Holcim Belgium and CCB (Italcementi) colluded with the Belgian cement association FEBELCEM and the national centre for technical and scientific research for the cement industry (CRIC/OCCN). Between May 2000 and October 2003 the parties...