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Ambuja Cements and ACC make Industry 4.0 investment

29 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim India companies, Ambuja Cements Ltd and ACC Ltd, are further investing in Industry 4.0 under the group's ‘Plants of Tomorrow’ programme. The four-year programme aims to create a global network of over 270 integrated cement plants and grinding stations in more than 50 countries by applying automation technologies and robotics, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance and digital twin technologies to the entire production processes. Neeraj Akhoury, CEO India Holcim and mana...

Egyptian promise

01 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Egypt is among the leading companies in the domestic building materials sector with a long-standing history in the country. Despite current market headwinds and the impact of COVID-19, Solomon Baumgartner-Aviles, the newly-appointed CEO of Lafarge Egypt, explains why the country holds much promise for the group globally and the MEA region, and outlines strategies for overcoming challenges. By Lafarge Egypt, Egypt. Lafarge Egypt provides an insight into the effects of the COVID...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe sees revenue advance 104%

07 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe saw its profit for 2019 rise to US$178m, while volumes remained flat YoY at 323,000t. Gross profit increased 251 per cent to US$496m from US$141m in 2018. Kumbirai Katsande, chairman of the company, attributed the improved margins to agile pricing and disciplined cost management. The company saw its revenue advance 104 per cent YoY to US$919m in 2019, compared to US$449m in the previous year. It also started the implementation of a US$25m capex programme, which wil...

French court postpones Lafarge Syria ruling

25 October 2019, Published under Cement News

A French court has postponed its decision on whether to uphold preliminary charges against Lafarge after the cement company had allegedly made payments to Syrian armed organisations, including Islamic State, in 2013-14 to keep its plant in operation. The postponement of the case will be until 7 November 2019. Lafarge appealed the charges, which also include financing a terrorist enterprise, violation of an embargo and endangering others, reports the Daily Mail.

Dangote Cement

28 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement is among five companies calling for an investigation into cement imports into South Africa. According to The Concrete Institute (ITC), imports have risen by 139 per cent since 2016. In the 2Q19, 350,441t of cement arrived in South Africa, the highest level since the 3Q15. Imports from Vietnam alone totalled 301,872t. Most of the cement imports come through Durban, which handled 260,909t in the second quarter of this year, marking an 85 per cent increase on the 1Q19. On beha...

Lafarge Cement UK increase concrete longevity with Lafarge Endure SR

06 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement UK (part of Aggregate Industries and LafargeHocim group) has launched a new high-performance, low-carbon, blended cement called Lafarge Endure SR. The new CEM II cement is a blend of clinker and Portland fly ash to produce a cement with a lower embodied CO 2 and improved plastic and hardened properties when used in concrete.  Endure SR is also resistant to sulphates, making it suitable for a wider variety of ground projects than CEM I blends. It has DC-4 durability standard ...

PPC

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

This month has seen South Africa’s Competition Tribunal once again turn its attention to alleged cartel activity in the cement industry. The Competition Commission previously argued in 2008 that PPC, AfriSam, Lafarge and Natal Portland Cement (NPC) were involved in a market-sharing arrangement in the late 1990s. PPC was granted conditional immunity from prosecution in exchange for complete disclosure of all cartel activity between itself and its competitors. AfriSam and Lafarge paid fines...

New cement plant for Lesotho

17 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Lesotho's Lephema Executive Group and Lafarge have launched a new plant, Maloti Mountain Cement, in Lesotho. Speaking at the inauguration launch, the founder of Lephema Executive Group, Lebona Lephema, said the establishment of the cement plant is a 'dream come true' after years of travelling all over South Africa to find a partner among the country’s cement producers. He said his passion to establish the plant was not necessarily driven by money but to rescue Basotho and join in the ba...

Case dropped against LafargeHolcim's mining in East Khasi hills

21 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The Meghalya High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) against LafargeHolcim as being 'totally without merit' and 'tainted with ill design' against the company's mining of limestone in the land bordering Nongtrai and Shella, India, near the Bangladesh border. While the PIL had been pending since 2007, the Shella Action Committee (SAC) could not produce one land owner who was affected, after the land was transferred, sold or leased out in favour of Lafarge. The SAC had filed ...

Lafarge under investigation over ISIS funding

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge SA was charged on Thursday with crimes against humanity for funding Islamic State in Syria. The company was informed by magistrates that it had been placed under formal investigation for financing a terrorist enterprise, aiding and abetting crimes against humanity, and endangering life. Previously, three Lafarge officials were handed charges for their alleged roles in indirectly funding Islamic extremist groups, enabling the cement producer to operate in war-torn Syria. Lafarge ha...