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LafargeHolcim makes two ready-mix acquisitions

05 February 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has announced the acquisition of US-based Transit Mix Concrete Co on 1 February 2019. As part of the transaction, the company will take ownership of seven ready-mix concrete plants and a sand quarry. Furthermore, in January 2019, LafargeHolcim acquired the precast and ready-mix businesses of Alfons Greten Betonwerk in northern Germany. As a result, the company added one precast and one ready-mix plant in Lower Saxony to its operations. "In line with our Strategy 2022 – 'Build...

LafargeHolcim completes Indonesia asset sale

01 February 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has completed the divestment of its 80.6 per cent share in Holcim Indonesia to Semen Indonesia, which had an enterprise value of US$1.75bn. The proceeds from the asset sale will improve LafargeHolcim’s net debt to recurring EBITDA ratio by 0.2, with the target of two times or less expected to be achieved before end-2019, according to the company.

Clinker damaged on route to Meghnaghat plant

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The MV Haji Abdul Jalil, a vessel carrying 850t of clinker, has anchored near Chandpur Launch Terminal after a crack developed on its keel on the Meghna river. Most of the cement clinker has been damaged, reports Mohammad Asad who is in charge of the vessel. The MV Haji Abdul Jalil had to anchor near the terminal on its journey from Holudiya in India. The ship was originally heading for Narayanganj and LafargeHolcim Cement's Meghnaghat plant.

Romanian cement market valued at EUR650-700m in 2018

30 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The value of the Romanian cement market is estimated between EUR650m-700m (US$743m-800m) and is primarily supported by three large players: LafargeHolcim, HeidelbergCement and CRH. The three cement majors reported around RON3bn in total sales in 2018, representing a YoY rise of 10 per cent. LafargeHolcim’s Romanian operations were valued at EUR633m, followed by CRH (EUR469m) and HeidelbergCement (EUR410m).

LafargeHolcim could seek up to US$2.5bn for its Philippines business

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Shares of Holcim Philippines have been rising steeply as LafargeHolcim is believed to be considering the sale of its Philippines business unit to further reduce group debt. LafargeHolcim is undergoing a strategic review of its southeast Asian operations following the sale of its Indonesian business. The company could seek a value of US$2.5bn for the assets it holds in the Philippines, according to Bloomberg. LafargeHolcim's CEO, Jan Jenisch, said in May that the company’s southeast Asia bu...

Cement companies show positive performance in CDP ranking

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

International organisation CDP has released its annual ‘A List’ which names the world’s leading businesses and scores them on their approach to climate change, water security and deforestation. The ranking is from A to D-, with F indicating a failure to provide sufficient information to be evaluated. The score assesses the level of detail and comprehensiveness of the response to CDP’s questionnaire, as well as the company's awareness of climate change issues, management methods and progres...

EAPCC denies reports of potential acquisition

22 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenya’s East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has denied recent reports that it was in early-stage talks with LafargeHolcim about a potential acquisition. "It has never featured in any board discussions," said the company’s head of financial management, Stephen Nthei, in an interview with Bloomberg. "I don’t think it’s a considerable move given the current shareholding structure." Lafarge currently holds a 41.7 per cent stake in EAPCC. However, the majority shareholders are the Kenyan g...

Holcim Mexico expects to invest up to US$50m in 2019

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Holcim Mexico announced its plans to invest US$30-50m in improving its operating efficiency and distribution network of its cement and concrete plants. "We have a network of over a thousand points of sale in Latin America and in Mexico we are also developing that part of a very long-term plan and a plan for Holcim's vision in Latin America," said Rodolfo Montero, CEO of Holcim. Mexico, in the event. "We also want to improve the efficiency of production, we are very concerned about the envi...

Bangladesh: robust and stable

16 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Large-scale infrastructure, growing urbanisation and strong foreign direct investment are fuelling rising cement demand in Bangladesh. But will it be enough to utilise production capacity as new plants come on-stream and existing works are upgraded and modernised? Bashundhara Cement’s Mongla plant has a production capacity of 2.65Mta, which, along with its 2.4Mta works in Madangonj, makes the company one of the largest producers in Bangladesh Bangladesh’s aspirations to becom...

LafargeHolcim wins Dutch Afsluitdijk contract

14 January 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has been awarded with a key contract in the US$550m renovation of the Afsluitdijk, the Dutch iconic sea defense structure. The company will supply the project with Holcim Basalton Quattroblock to cover around 700,000m2 of the 32km-long dam. Marcel Cobuz, Region Head Europe: “As part of our Strategy 2022 – ‘Building for Growth’ we have committed to growing the new Solutions & Products segment further. We are very proud to be a partner in this landmark project that underlines o...