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LafargeHolcim India head joins Executive Committee

09 August 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim made the decision to induct Head of LafargeHolcim India, Martin Kreigner, into the Executive Committee of the group, giving him additional responsibilities in southeast Asia. Mr Kreigner will be based out of Mumbai. These recent changes to the executive committee reflect the group and its portfolio’s evolution following divestments and integration, LafargeHolcim said in in a statement. The restructuring of operations reveals the growing importance of Indian business. Lafa...

New communication manager at Holcim Romania

02 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Veronica Dobre has been appointed the new Communication Manager of Holcim Romania. She takes the position over from Ioana Borangic, who had worked for the company for six years. Ms Dobre holds a degree in Public Relations from the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is also a Political Sciences, Communication and Public Relations graduate of the National School of Political Administrative Studies of Bucharest. Speaking on her new appointment, Ms Dobre said, “Holcim has alway...

Holcim New Zealand’s terminal shift

18 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim New Zealand is building two new cement terminals at a cost of NZD105m in Timaru and Auckland to ensure the ongoing supply of cement to customers beyond the closure of the 58 year-old cement plant at Westport. By Robyn Flynn, Derek Williams and Ken Cowie, Holcim New Zealand, and Benjamin Davis, Domtec, USA. Cement unloading at Holcim's new Timaru terminal in New Zealand In mid-2014 Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd was granted approval by Holcim headquarters to move forward with th...

Sri Lanka: Holcim exit causes tension with China and India

08 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The possible takeover of Holcim Lanka Ltd by China Resources Cement Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Resources Group, is expected to cause tension with India as the world's largest cement-producing country extends its influence on the island. With strong current positions in the Colombo and Hambantota harbours, this deal would also give China a presence in Galle and Trincomalee in addition to consolidating its presence in Colombo. Holcim presently owns the Ceylon Ambuja...

Belgium: appeal court overturns competition watchdog fines

06 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim, CBR, CCB and Febelcem, the Belgian cement association, have seen the competition watchdog’s judgment to pay a EUR14.7m fine overturned by the Belgian Court of Appeal. The competition authority fined the cement majors and the association for the alleged formation of a cartel to reduce competition in the domestic market, but the Court of Appeal found that such illegal practices did not occur.

New Zealand: Cape Foulwind closure

29 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim has ceased operations at its Cape Foulwind cement plant in New Zealand following a three-year closure process. The company chose to start importing cement rather than manufacturing locally. National Director of Industries, Ged O’Connell said the plant closure is a worrying development for the West Coast, where many have lost jobs due to economic conditions. “In recent years we've seen energy, construction and manufacturing jobs disappearing from the community at an alarming rat...

Holcim gets approval for extension Eclépens quarry

15 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim has received approval to extend the quarry at the Eclépens cement works in Switzerland. The company exploits the La Birette quarry in the Mormont hills, Vaud canton. The extension will allow the cement maker to increase its production capacity and enable production to continue until 2029.

Holcim Westport land for sale

07 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Following the closure of Holcim's Cape Foulwind cement plant in Westport, New Zealand, the plant site and its 400ha of land are for sale. The 60-year old Holcim plant is due to close 30 June 2016 as the company plans to import cement to two new terminals at Auckland and Timaru. The assets available as part of the sale include a quarry, packing plant site, water treatment plant, farm land, staff housing area and ground lease and wharf silos at the Westport harbour. Potential buyers are abl...

New Zealand: Holcim Westport works close

26 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The closure of Holcim’s Westport cement works next month will result in a loss of jobs and profits for Westport Harbour Ltd (WHL). Holcim is Westport’s main customer, with its cement shipping generating over 80 per cent of WHL's revenue. WHL is a subsidiary of Buller Holdings Ltd (BHL). BHL chief executive Stephen Lowe said seven people would lose their jobs, including five dredge crew and to engineers. They will ensure the dredge and tug remains operational so that it can be used immediat...

Holcim Madagascar successfully tests HFO

23 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim Madagascar has successfully concluded a first test of Tsimiroro heavy fuel oil (HFO). The oil will be used for drying of raw materials before grinding. “The first HFO test was positive and technically satisfactory. But the process will not be limited to a single test. A further test will be carried out after the rainy season,” said Pascal Naud, CEO of Holcim Madagascar. The second test will consider the impact of HFO in terms of production costs in view a falling cement prices in th...