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Lafarge and Holcim reorganise group functions

20 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Lafarge and Holcim are each preparing the reorganisation of group functions in the context of their proposed merger. Holcim’s proposed new organisation would result in a net reduction of approximately 120 jobs in Holcim Group functions in Switzerland. The social consultation process to reduce the impact on roles that are affected by reductions will now be launched with the employee representatives (AV) in Switzerland, the company said in a statement today. Concerning Lafarge at worldwide...

Kaspar EA Wenger is designated chairman of the Board of Holcim (Schweiz) AG

19 May 2015, Published under Cement News

In the framework of the progressing merger between Holcim and Lafarge, Kaspar EA Wenger will become designated chairman of the Board of Holcim (Schweiz) AG, effective 30 June 2015, and hand over his responsibilities as Area Manager for Central Europe (Switzerland, South Germany, Italy). Mr Wenger has been part of the Holcim Group for more than 20 years, including over 10 years of operating responsibility for Holcim (Schweiz) AG, as well as the responsibility for Central Europe. "Thank...

Holcim files Lafarge stock exchange offer

12 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Ltd said on Monday it has filed with the French financial market regulator details of its proposed share exchange with Lafarge. The offer allows Lafarge shareholders to exchange all shares in the Paris-based company for newly created shares in Holcim. The exchange ratio is 10 Lafarge shares for nine shares in Holcim. Two thirds of Lafarge's 293 million shares have to be offered up by shareholders for the deal to go ahead. The offer is due to open on 1 June and run until 3 July...

Holcim sees continued growth in the USA

30 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim's first quarter turnover declined by 2.8 per cent to CHF3972m (€3699m), but on a like-for-like basis, there was a 1.6 per cent reduction while measured in euros the turnover was ahead by 10.7 per cent.  Operating EBITDA declined by 3.9 per cent to CHF593m (€552m). The trading profit was down by 11.5 per cent to CHF261m (€243m), while the net attributable profit jumped by 289.3 per cent to CHF310m (€289m). Net debt at the end of March was 0.3 per cent higher at CHF9670m (€7862m) to g...

1Q15 Swiss dispatches down 16%

09 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Domestic deliveries by the Swiss cement industry fell 16 per cent in 1Q15 as the construction industry experiences a cooldown, according to cement association Cemsuisse. Dispatches fell from 980,721t in 1Q14 to 823,375t in 1Q15.

Holcim sees 3% improvement in like-for-like net sales

23 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim increased net sales by three per cent on a like-for-like basis in 2014. Growth mostly resulted from price improvements in many regions, particularly in North America against a favourable market environment as well as a response to cost inflation in Latin America. An unfavourable currency effect of 5.2 per cent and negative changes in consolidation structure impacted the consolidated net sales performance in 2014 which was down 3.1 percent to CHF19,110m (US$ 17.8 bn). Like-for...

Holcim (Switzerland) to extend Gabenchopf quarry

09 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim plans to expand the Gabenchopf quarry in Villigen, Switzerland, to the west to yield around 12Mt of rock. The step is designed to maintain operations for the next 10 years at the company’s Siggenthal works. The cement works has drawn upon Gabenchopf for its supply of limestone and marl since 1955. The raw materials are transported to the plant via a 3.7km-long conveyor belt. The current mining permit, which includes a comprehensive rehabilitation scheme, dates from 1998. Initia...

Swiss CemIn West acquires 96.6% of Ivano-Frankivskcement

23 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Switzerland-based CemIn West SA has bought a 96.6 per cent in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivskcement, according to the target company. The majority holding was bought from Cyprus-based Permixo Ltd, Basmaren Enterprises Ltd and Prenters Engineering Ltd, which sold their respective stakes of 36.98%, 20.76% and 13.3% in the Yamnitsa-based entity. Ivano-Frankivskcement closed 2013 with a net profit of UAH130.3m (US$8.2m).

Changes in Holcim Ltd's senior management

08 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Jacques Bourgon, currently head of OH&S, senior advisor to the CEO and member of Holcim Ltd's senior management, has decided to pursue other challenges outside the group. He will be leaving Holcim on 31 December 2014, according to a statement by the Swiss cement major. "Holcim thanks Jacques Bourgon for the valuable contributions he has made to the success of the Group in various roles during his 24 years with the company," Holcim said.

Holcim increases shipments in the USA, Africa and Asia

03 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim’s turnover for the first nine months declined by 4.7 per cent to CHF14,243m, while in euro terms the reduction was 3.6 per cent to €12,136m and in US dollar terms the decline was just 0.9 per cent, while on a like for like basis there was a 3.4 per cent increase. The Asia Pacific region generated 36.6 per cent of group turnover, down from 37.5 per cent a year earlier, while Europe represented 29.9 per cent, up from 28.4 per cent. Latin America contributed 15.7 per cent against 17.1...