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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.        

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...

Former LafargeHolcim CEO placed under formal investigation

08 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The former chief executive of Franco-Swiss cement group LafargeHolcim Ltd, Eric Olsen, was placed under formal investigation on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the group's activities in Syria, a source with the prosecutor's office told Reuters. Olsen resigned as LafargeHolcim's CEO in April 2017, after the company admitted it had paid armed groups to keep a cement plant operating in Syria. Three other individuals were put under formal investigation last week and two others – one of whi...

France to investigate LafargeHolcim Syrian activities

14 June 2017, Published under Cement News

France has launched a judicial inquiry into the Syrian activities of cement and construction group LafargeHolcim, a judicial source told Reuters on Tuesday, investigating "the financing of terrorist enterprise" and endangering lives. The appointment of three investigating magistrates, two financial specialists and one specialised in anti-terrorism, follows the opening of a preliminary inquiry last October, the news agency reported. The development does not necessarily mean any person or...

LafargeHolcim admits making ‘unacceptable’ payments to Syrian armed groups

03 March 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has released details of an internal investigation into the conduct of its employees running the Jalabiya cement works up to 2014. The investigation was launched in response to allegations in Le Monde, which stated that the firm had entered into deals with armed groups including Islamic State in order to protect its staff and business interests. The results of the internal inquiry conclude that "the local company provided funds to third parties to work out arrangements wit...

Lafarge Algeria to export clinker from 2018

23 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Algeria is preparing to export grey clinker from its local plants from 2018. The group already exports white cement from its Oggaz plants in the Mascara wilaya. "It is part of government policy to promote exports. There will be cement overcapacity in late 2017 compared to all the projects that are launched. We are preparing with other (cement manufacturers) to be able to export clinker from 2018, "says Serge Dubois, PR director at Lafarge Algeria. However, he emphasised that “c...

Aleppo cement plant back under Syrian army control

17 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The Syrian army succeeded in reclaiming a cement factory in the southern countryside of Aleppo city on Tuesday, and is now purging the terrorists from the surrounding areas of the factory, reports Fars news agency. The Syrian army is boosting the cement factory's security in a bid to block any attempt by the terrorists to launch fresh attacks from al-Sheikh Saeed region, according to the report. The Jeish al-Fatah terrorists acknowledged that they had lost a major portion of the cement...

Syria: Lafarge protected interests from ISIS

22 June 2016, Published under Cement News

According to French newspaper Le Monde, Lafarge entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, to protect its staff and business interests in the country. Lafarge is yet to respond to queries from Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying only that "Lafarge's absolute priority has always been ensuring the safety and security of its staff." The Jalabiya cement works, situated 150km northeast of Aleppo, purchased by Lafarge in 2007 is at the centre of the ‘deals’ alleg...