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Looking forward to growth

09 September 2015, Published under Cement News

15 July 2015 saw the official launch day of LafargeHolcim, the merger between building materials giants, Lafarge and Holcim, which brings into being a world leader with 386.5Mta of cement production capacity installed across the globe. Since Holcim and Lafarge revealed their merger plans on 7 April 2014, both companies have put in considerable effort to lay the foundations of a balanced partnership and avoid the proverbial clash of titans. They divested some of their assets to meet regul...

The leading cement groups

24 August 2015, Published under Cement News

In response to the emergence of new regional producers and the large Chinese cement groups, other major players in the cement industry are forging new alliances to strengthen their market positions and increase profitability. The industry’s biggest ever tie-up between Lafarge and Holcim, completed in July 2015, is seeing repercussions across the world and will result in the elevation of CRH into the top tier. ICR reviews last year's performance of major cement producers in its August ...

An expanding African portfolio

12 May 2015, Published under Cement News

With a per capita cement consumption of just about 100kg and planned industrialisation and infrastructure development, sub-Saharan Africa is poised for important long-term growth. This high-growth potential has led HeidelbergCement to significantly invest in new capacity in the region, with a number of new completions under its wing. By HeidelbergCement, Germany. HeidelbergCement’s new Cimburkina cement grinding facility in Burkina Faso (pictured) and the Scantogo clinker plant in ...

LH merger markets

07 January 2015, Published under Cement News

The proposed merger of Lafarge and Holcim will see the divestment of assets by both companies in up to 15 markets to satisfy market regulators. In this article, the future cement consumption level for each of these markets is presented in a set of forecasts especially commissioned by ICR. By Rob Roy, ROI Economic Consulting, USA. Lafarge-Holcim merger countries selected for this market forecast With Lafarge and Holcim operating cement plants throughout the world and frequently s...

Leader makes its mark

28 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Expected rapid infrastructure development in western Georgia combined with a limited existing cement capacity in the area, has prompted Leader Cement to seize the opportunity and enter the domestic market. The company will bring a 0.25Mta grinding facility online by 2015 and has partnered with French cement major Lafarge to help Leader Cement boost its operations in the country. By Leader Cement, Georgia. Leader Cement’s aims to bring a 0.25Mta grinding plant online by 2015 H...

150 years of innovation

22 October 2014, Published under Cement News

From its initial beginnings in a house in Scanzo, near Bergamo, Italy, in 1864 Italcementi has grown into a building materials multinational spanning 22 countries and four continents. Its portfolio and technology have developed considerably from grinding its first products in a water mill to today’s modern photocatalytic products and biodynamic cements. As the Italian cement major celebrates its 150th anniversary, it charts the milestones in its drive for technological and product innovation...

LH merger: a new era begins

02 May 2014, Published under Cement News

Lafarge and Holcim have surprised the industry by confirming their intention to combine in a ‘merger of equals’, designed to create an unrivalled building materials group with operations spanning 90 countries and sales of EUR32bn. The transaction, which is scheduled to close by the 1H15, has divided opinion, excited commentators and is certain to herald a new era for the global cement industry. Holcim chairman, Rolf Soiron, (left) and Lafarge CEO, Bruno Lafont, (right) announce the...

FLSmidth’s Chinese highlights

24 March 2014, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has decades of experience in cement plant construction in the Chinese market. Its technology and engineering capabilities has enabled the Danish turnkey specialists to build strong relationships with many leading Chinese producers and equipment suppliers. Such opportunities have led to the recent cooperation between FLSmidth and CNBM International Engineering in the first of many projects the two companies hope to build together outside of China. FLSmidth's long-term strategy...

A good year for PPC

10 March 2014, Published under Cement News

For South African cement producer PPC Ltd, 2013 was a year of growth, expansion, green technology and historical milestones. These were all underpinned by the celebration of over 12 decades of innovation as a leading cement producer in southern Africa. By PPC, South Africa. L to R: Leny Ilondo, MD of the Barnet Group, Jean Saidi Bamanisa, chairman of the Barnet Group, Ketso Gordhan, CEO of PPC and Trevor Barnard, PPC’s DRC project manager during the MoU signing in Kinshasa, DRC ...

Strengthening a market leader

21 August 2013, Published under Cement News

The merger of Cementos Lima and Cemento Andino into Unacem in 2012 led to the strengthening of Peru’s cement market leader. By combining forces, the new company benefits from improved competitiveness, operational synergies and significant cost savings. In addition, it moves the company into pole position to offer greater stock market liquidity and secure future investment. By Unacem, Peru. Following the expansion of Kiln 1, Unacem’s Atocongo plant has a cement capacity of 5.5Mta ...