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Lafarge to face charges for paying Islamic state in Syria

20 May 2022, Published under Cement News

A French appeals court has confirmed that the cement giant Lafarge must face charges of complicity in crimes against humanity over alleged payoffs to Islamic State group and other jihadist groups during Syria's civil war, reports France 24. Lafarge, now part of Holcim group , has acknowledged that it paid nearly EUR13m (US$13.7m) to middlemen to keep its Syrian cement factory operating in 2013-14, long after other French firms had pulled out of the country. The company contends that i...

Holcim collaborates with authorities over Lafarge SA case

03 December 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim is continuing to collaborate with the French judicial authorities, which interviewed a representative of Lafarge SA on 29 November 2021, for the second time since 2018, according to a press release.  The development follows France’s highest court, the Cour de cassation, ruling that Lafarge’s previous indictment for complicity in crimes against humanity was wrongly cancelled by the Paris Appeals Court. In 2019, Lafarge had successfully appealed this charge, but as a result of the de...

Hama Cement sees cement production reach 1.06Mt in 2020

11 January 2021, Published under Cement News

The Syrian Co for the Manufacture of Cement and Building Materials (Hama Cement) has reported 1.06Mt of cement production for 2020. Clinker production also reached 714,000t during the year, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) . Ali Ja’abo, general manager, noted that the technical and production teams at the company have created new working methods, equipment and devices that have proven their efficiency, which contributed to reducing costs and increasing the production. As a ...

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.

Jalabiyeh plant in Syria set on fire

18 October 2019, Published under Cement News

The international coalition has set fire to LafargeHolcim’s Jalabiyeh plant, just north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, Syria, to prevent the Syrian Arab army taking possession of the plant, according to Réseau Voltaire. "On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility's military usefulnes...

Al-Maslamia cement plant expected to be privatised

15 October 2019, Published under Cement News

The Al-Maslamia cement plant in northern Aleppo, Syria, has been the subject of negotiations between Katerji International Group and Syria's General Organisation for Cement and Building Materials. The 3Mta cement plant could be the first state plant to be privatised in a SYP200bn (US$3.9m) investment by the Katerji family. The Katerji International Group is owned by the brothers Husam, Mohammed and Baraa Katerji. The family intend to reconstruct property in and around Aleppo. Over the p...

Shares of Turkish cement firms plummet

10 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Turkish Cement firms have seen a sudden drop in share prices after Turkey's military begin operations in Syria and the EU shows no interest in financing the resettlement housebuilding for 2m Syrian refugees. Last month Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced his plan to create the zone along the Syrian-Turkish border where the Ankara government envisages the creation of 140 villages and 10 towns to accommodate up to 1m people. Earlier in the week, Turkish cement companies saw th...

Russia looks at Al Arabiya upgrade

08 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Representatives of several Russian companies have held negotiations to restore and upgrade the Al Arabiya cement plant in Syria as well as build a cement works in Muslimiya in Aleppa governorate. “Representatives of several large Russian companies have had a working visit to Syria, during which they held meetings with representatives of the Industry Ministry of the Syrian Arab Republic directly at two cement plants in Aleppo and at two metals plants in Hama,” according to a source of Prime...

French judges drop case against former LafargeHolcim CEO

06 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Eric Olsen, former LafargeHolcim CEO, is no longer being investigated by French judges as part of a wider investigation into whether the company helped finance terrorism in Syria. "I am very pleased that the justice system has decided to drop the investigation into me for financing terror. This decision restores my honour and will allow me to pick up the thread of my career, after I fought for long months to establish the truth," said Mr Olsen. French authorities have been investigating wh...


04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has sold, or agreed the sale of, a number of assets. These include a 50 per cent interest in Ciment Quėbec, land in the Cairo area that used to have a cement works and a minority stake in Syria.  The agreed sale of the activities in the Ukraine include one integrated cement works, one grinding plant, two quarries and two ready-mixed concrete batching plants. In total, these disposals add up to in excess of EUR150m.