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Vicat's 2017 profits lower at pretax, but higher at net level

20 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat's turnover improved by 4.5 per cent in 2017 to EUR2563.5m while EBITDA eased by three per cent to EUR444.2m, while at unchanged exchange rates and other parameters the changes would have been +6.4 per cent and -3.4 per cent, respectively. The trading profit declined by 4.1 per cent to EUR247.2m, with the decline at unchanged parameters being 5.9 per cent. The net financial charge was 26.85 per cent or EUR9.9m lower at EUR28.2m and after a reduction in the contribution from associate...

French cement producers to burn more wood waste

14 February 2018, Published under Cement News

French cement producers plan to lift alternative fuels use from 41 per cent of the fuel mix to 50 per cent by 2025. To support the initiative, they have set, in collaboration with the BTP’s Union of Recycling Companies, the goal to double the amount of wood waste used in the energy supply of the cement industry. "At the national level, the reduction of landfills and the substitution of fossil fuels by biomass are objectives pursued by the profession through commitments, which have been de...

A greener and more vibrant French cement industry

09 February 2018, Published under Cement News

This week ICR reported that LafargeHolcim will spend several million euros on its Val d'Azergues cement plant in France. It is the latest action in an ongoing drive by French cement producers to build a more environmentally-friendly industry. Modernisation spree for Lafarge Holcim The modernisation of its plants in France will be a key focus of LafargeHolcim's European investment drive. Last May the company announced that it plans to spend EUR300m on modernising its French facilities. T...

Lafarge to invest millions in Val d’Azergues plant

06 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge announced that it will invest several million euros in upgrading its Val d’Azergues plant, France, over the next three years. During the winter technical shutdown, the plant will carry out several maintenance procedures, particularly on the kiln’s bag filter. It will also renovate the preheater and is reported to be changing its cooler. In addition, the company seeks to improve the environmental performance of the site. The Val d’Azergues plant produces sulphate-resistant ceme...

Aumund to supply equipment for a plant modernisation

23 January 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim plans to invest EUR100m in its Martres-Tolosane plant in southwest France. Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH and Aumund France SARL. has won the contract to supply a range of equipment for the plant until 2019, according to a press release by the company. The modernisation of the plant is part of a wider EUR300m investment across France. Aumund Fördertechnik will be supplying belt bucket elevators to feed the heat exchanger and raw meal silo at the plant. Alongside this, two Aumund ...

French cement market expands 3% in 2017

19 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The French cement market grew by 3-4 per cent in 2017, according to estimates by the French cement association SFIC. "2017 was the year of the recovery, with renewed dynamism in the construction sector," said SFIC President, Bénédicte de Bonnechose, at the Cement Industry Meetings. "We expect to grow our markets for 2017 by around 3-4%," she added. In 2016 cement demand in France reached 17.5Mt.

Vicat enters EUR1.3m ARM venture with Serpol

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat and Serpol have entered a EUR1.3m joint venture, Terenvie, to treat oil-polluted soil and turn it to cleaned, mineral-rich land. This source of silica or clay can then be used as “a partial replacement (five per cent) of quarry materials, to save natural resources without impacting the quality of the cement, perfectly standardised,” said Stéphane Rutkowski, manager at Vicat. Earthworks produce around 5Mta of oil-polluted soil at the sites of former service stations, oil depots or ac...

LafargeHolcim in talks with PPC

27 October 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim announced that it is in talks with the board of directors of PPC regarding a possible transaction in Africa. “No agreement with PPC has yet been reached and no assurance can be given at this stage that a transaction will materialise,” said the building materials producer in a brief statement.  

Aalborg Portland opens new Rochefort terminal

22 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Aalborg Portland has celebrated the opening of its new Rochefort terminal to improve its local presence for white cement customers in southwest France. "We are very pleased that with the new terminal in Rochefort we can expand the market area for white cement from production in Aalborg. This gives an increased level of activity on Danish grounds, that our production in Aalborg is competitive in terms of product, service and quality," said Michael Lundgaard Thomsen, direction of Aalborg ...

Vicat suffers from currency weakness in several countries

04 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first half turnover edged ahead by 0.8 per cent to EUR1248m, or by 0.9 per cent on a comparative basis, but the EBITDA declined by 8.7 per cent to EUR188m and the margin declined from 16.7 per cent to 15.1 per cent. The trading profit came off by 16.2 per cent to EUR86m, while the net interest charge was 29.9 per cent lower at EUR12.9m, giving a attributable profit 17 per cent lower at EUR40m.  Net debt at the end of the period amounted to EUR1006m, a five per cent reduction, and th...