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Vicat announces expansion plans in India

21 August 2018, Published under Cement News

At the inauguration of a 1.2Mt bulk cement terminal in Mumbai, France-based Vicat Group announced that it has invested INR3bn (US$43m) this year on capacity expansions in southern and eastern India. "We have already invested INR3bn this year. Our expansion plan includes setting up of 1.2Mt of bulk cement terminal at Kalamboli in Mumbai and second line of 2.75Mta capacity in existing Kalburgi cement plant and establishing a grinding unit of 1.7Mta capacity at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh to expa...

Vicat sees strong growth in net profit

07 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat's 1H18 turnover improved by 2.7 per cent to EUR1281m, or by 9.6 per cent on a comparative basis. EBITDA advanced by 4.5 per cent to EUR197m, or by 12.3 per cent on a comparative basis, and the margin improved from 15.1 to 15.4 per cent. The trading profit rose by 21.3 per cent to EUR104m, while the net interest charge was EUR1.8m lower at EUR11.1m, giving an attributable profit 47.2 per cent higher at EUR59m. The net debt at the end of the period amounted to EUR895m, an 11 per cent red...

Ecocem France officially opens new plant in Dunkerque

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Ecocem France has opened its new 0.75Mta production plant in Dunkerque, France. Located on a 4ha plot in the Port of Dunkerque, the new facility is equipped with a vertical mill, a mixer and storage facilities. Further expansion is taken into account as the plant’s production capacity can be increased to 1.4Mta.  The new plant enables Ecocem France to gain access to northern French markets as well as the Ile-de-France region. Furthermore, the company will also be able to supply the UK and...

LafargeHolcim France invests EUR3.5m in Dunkerque Nord grinding unit

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim France is installing a new blending facility at its Dunkerque Nord grinding plant to increase the unit’s capacity. With equipment supplied by Wamservira will enable the grinding plant to produce low-carbon cement. The EUR3.5m investment is located in the heart of the Port of Dunkerque on a 2.5ha site. Work started on 26 May with the construction of the foundations. The dosing equipment, mixers and silos will be installed before commissioning in early 2019. "With a st...

LafargeHolcim

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has started its EUR100m+ investment in its Martres-Tolosane plant in Haute Garonne,  southern France, with completion envisaged in 2020. This should enable the use of alternative materials in clinker production to be increased from 39 to 80 per cent and the overall capacity of the works to be raised by some 20 per cent. Huaxin Cement, a 41.8 per cent-owned LafargeHolcim associate has formed a 50 per cent-owned associate in Nepal to build a US$140m cement works at Dhading. Hu...

LafargeHolcim starts Martres-Tolosane modernisation

05 June 2018, Published under Cement News

On Monday, LafargeHolcim announced the start of the modernisation works at its Martres-Tolosane plant in France. The project represents an investment of more than EUR100m. The first phase of civil engineering was awarded to Toulouse-based Eiffage Génie Civil. The next 12 months will see the construction of the foundations of the new preheater tower and kiln line. The allocation of the next contracts will occur in the coming months, said the cement company.

LafargeHolcim announces jobs restructuring at corporate offices

25 May 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has announced proposals to simplify its corporate organisation. Around 200 corporate jobs will go and the corporate offices in Paris and Zurich will close. Remaining positions in Switzerland will be moved to the company's Holderbank site and a new corporate office in Zug. In Paris remaining positions would be moved to Clamart in the southwest of the city. The plan is targeted to be completed by the end of 2018.   Jan Jenisch, CCEO of LafargeHolcim: "This painful but necessary s...

CRH to invest EUR8m in Lumbres plant

25 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Equiom has announced it will invest EUR8m in its plant in Lumbres, France. The sum represents the largest investment in the works for 15 years, according to Nord Eclair. Last year, improvements were made on the dust filters of the facility, which, along with two other plants, recently came under ownership of Ireland-based CRH. The project enabled the plant to meet European environment standards. The current spate of work centres around a new cooler. This will enable heat recovery from...

Vicat advances in most areas, other than Egypt and Switzerland

03 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat's 1Q18 turnover showed 3.9 per cent improvement to EUR573m, which represents an underlying advance of 10.8 per cent at constant parameters and exchange rates. The cement turnover grew by 2.5 per cent to EUR290m, as cement shipments advanced by 6.5 per cent to 5.21Mt. Before inter-sector eliminations, the cement turnover amounted to EUR342m, a two per cent improvement. The turnover in concrete and aggregates was 2.9 per cent ahead at EUR215m, which represents an underlying recovery of n...

ArcelorMittal increases Ecocem stake

24 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has increased its shareholding in Ecocem France. By the end of May, ArcelorMittal will hold a 49 per cent stake in the cement company, compared to 30 per cent to date. The joint venture Ecocem France was created in 2007 by ArcelorMittal and the Irish group Ecocem Materials to develop the production of granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS), a by-product of steel manufacture by ArcelorMittal in France. Ecocem France currently operates a 0.7Mta ground slag productio...