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EcoLabel launched by LafargeHolcim

27 October 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has launched its EcoLabel to transparently communicate the environmental benefits of its green building solutions. The label will apply to all its products that comply with its green criteria, including lower CO 2 footprint and recycled content. Building on LafargeHolcim's net zero pledge, this EcoLabel supports the company's ambition to accelerate green construction with the use of lower-footprint products such as ECOPact and Susteno. EcoLabel applies to all cement...

Swiss cement deliveries up 1% in 3Q

23 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) edged up by 0.9 per cent YoY to 1,137,615t in the third quarter of 2020. In the 3Q cement dispatches reached 1,127,516t, according to the Swiss cement association, Cemsuisse, In January-September 2020 deliveries slipped by one per cent YoY to 3,148,523t when compared with the 9M19 when 3,179,871t were supplied to the domestic market. Lower-carbon CEM II cement accounted for 89.7 per cent of total deliveries while the share of CEM ...

Swiss cement dispatches down 3% in 2Q20

09 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland fell by 3.3 per cent YoY to 1,138,804t in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest data published by Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association."The cement industry was able to ensure the supply of cement despite the coronacrisis," said the association in a statement. The supply of low-carbon CEM II cements, which accounts for 88.7 per cent of demand, is still increasing. The share of CEM I cements in total deliveries fell further to 6.8 per ce...

Swiss cement deliveries stable in 1Q20

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland including Liechtenstein remained largely stable in the 1Q20 at 872,104t, just slightly down from 874,275t reported in 1Q19, according to Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association. In the 1Q20, 40.1 per cent of deliveries were made by rail, while the rest was transport by road. Ready-mix concrete plants accounted for 73.5 per cent of take-off while 17.8 per cent of deliveries were supplied to in-situ concrete systems at large construction sites and 5.2 per cen...

LafargeHolcim propose dividened and re-elect board members at AGM

13 May 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim shareholders confirmed the proposed distribution of a dividend of CHF2.00 per registered share (US$2.06/registered share) of LafargeHolcim Ltd from capital contribution reserves. The dividend is not subject to Swiss withholding tax.   The Annual General Meeting confirmed Beat Hess as chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Except for Paul Desmarais Jr, who did not stand for re-election, all other existing members of the Board were confirmed in office. On behalf of the Boa...

Switzerland prepares to lower NOx limits

09 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Swiss Federal Department of the Environment has published a review of the country’s air protection ordinance, in which it plans to lower the limit values for NO x by more than half – from 500 to 200mg/m 3 . The revision of the legislation is in consultation until 20 August 2020. The step will require the country’s cement plants to adapt their emission control process to meet the new legislation. At Ciments Vigier, Director Oliver Barbery said the industry had been preparing for it fo...

Swiss cement industry joins EU ETS

28 January 2020, Published under Cement News

From 1 January 2020 Swiss cement companies are participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Based on the polluter-pays principle, the scheme will allow the sector to be exempt from carbon levies collected in Switzerland. Moreover, Swiss ETS participants will also be allowed to trade emission allowances in the larger EU market as the two systems have been linked since the start of the year. Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association, believes the system is an effective tool as i...

Swiss cement deliveries down 5% in 2019

17 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Deliveries by the Swiss cement industry fell by 4.9 per cent YoY to 1,034,914t in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 1,088,196t in the 4Q18. The latest figures published by Cemsuisse show a softening cement market after a promising first quarter with 4.8 per cent growth. In the 2Q19 and the 3Q19 the market contracted by -0.2 and 1.5 per cent, respectively. For the full-year 2019 cement demand fell 1.7 per cent to 4,214,785t from 4,289,401t in 2018. Cemsuisse also reported that despite rail ...

No large acquisitions for LafargeHolcim

29 October 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim does not expect to be bidding for BASF’s construction chemicals business, according to CEO, Jan Jenisch. Following the divestment of some of its businesses and using the proceeds to pay down debt, the cement producer is more likely to look at smaller transactions and investment in its existing operations, Mr Jenisch said. "It's not like we have a couple of billions we want to throw at anyone. We are quite happy to have this new solid balance sheet, and have no plans to go ba...

LafargeHolcim doubles net income and reports 4% net sales growth

31 July 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim posted a like-for-like (LfL) net sales growth of 3.5 per cent YoY in the first half of 2019. Sales increased from CHF13.272bn (US$13.4bn) in the 1H18 to CHF13.059bn with gains in all regions but particularly thanks to favourable market conditions in Europe and north America. Recurring EBITDA (pre-IFRS16) increased 10.8 per cent to CHF2.662bn from CHF2.484bn in the previous year’s first six months. Net income attributable to share holders of LafargeHolcim Ltd more than doubled...