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The next steps for Cemex?

22 November 2011, Published under Cement News

Which way now for Cemex? Speculation over Cemex and its ability to service its massive debt burden has been heightened due to the present global economic slowdown. The company has recently announced measures to improve profitability including the sale of US$1bn worth of non-core assets by end-2012, but questions hang over whether Cemex’s mid-cycle EBITDA targets could be overly ambitious in light of a challenging world economic outlook. Cemex’s current fun...

The Scheifele interview

26 October 2011, Published under Cement News

A series of major deals, culminating in the UK£8bn acquisition of Hanson (UK) in 2007, saw HeidelbergCement emerge as a global market leader in cement and aggregates. As with many companies in the sector, the financial crisis brought with it a series of challenges, resulting in the substantial restrucuturing of the company, transforming it from a largely private company, closely held within the Merckle empire, into a publically listed company listed on the DAX 30. Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, ta...

Corporate profile - Lafarge

24 October 2011, Published under Cement News

Lafarge’s turnover improved 1.8 per cent to €16,169m in 2010, with cement turnover being 1.7 per cent higher at €10,280m. Cement deliveries from the 168 plants were 3.9 per cent lower at 135.7Mt. Weaker European and North American markets led to a further 1.4 per cent reduction in aggregates deliveries from the 579 production sites to 193.2Mt, while ready-mixed concrete shipments from the 1139 batching plants fell by 8.4 per cent to 34Mm³. Lafarge is the market leader in cement in France, Gr...

Corporate profile – Holcim

24 October 2011, Published under Cement News

Holcim’s turnover advanced 2.5 per cent to CHF21,653m and 12.5 per cent in euro terms to €15,691m in 2010. The Asia-Pacific region represented 35.3 per cent of group turnover, against 29.3 per cent for Europe, 15.5 per cent for Latin America, 14.6 per cent for North America and 14.6 per cent and 4.9 per cent for Africa/Middle East. Cement shipments from the 156 plants increased 3.6 per cent to 136.7Mt and that of other binders 17.1 per cent to 4.1Mt. Holcim is cement market leader in India, ...

The leading majors

24 October 2011, Published under Cement News

As ICR presents its annual review of the leading cement majors – profiling recent results and future plans – we begin by providing an analysis of trends amongst the top producers. We also identify the markets offering the best prospects for increased demand, as well as rival companies who threaten the most competition for further investment opportunities. An overview of recent activity as well as future challenges and prospects for the leading global cement majors Last year, Hol...