Lafarge (company)

Lafarge SA is a global company headquartered in Paris, France. Lafarge, Holcim is behind the second-largest manufacturer of building materials in the world. In Germany, the headquarters of the operating company " cement " since 2012 based in Karsdorf. Both the administration of Austria and the Europe Technical Center are situated in Vienna. The research LCR is located in Isle d' Abeau ( near Lyon, France).

The Group is organized into business units ( divisions): cement, concrete, and aggregates and gypsum. It is present in 79 countries. In 2009, the turnover 15.9 billion euros. The Group employs 78,000 people worldwide.

The company is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange ( EUR Next).

On April 7, 2014, Holcim and Lafarge tellten with striving for a " merger of equals in a stock transaction ." The new synergy -use group LafargeHolcim is headquartered in Switzerland, nearly 140,000 employees and more than 30 billion euros in annual sales have.


The company was founded in 1833 by Léon Pavin de Lafarge. It built from refractory bricks in a quarry along the Ardèche River. 1864, Lafarge supplied 110,000 tons of limestone to build the Suez Canal.

In 1931, Lafarge expanded its activities to the business gypsum. Eight years later, Lafarge was the largest cement manufacturer in France. The company established in 1956 its first cement plant in the United States and founded Lafarge Cement of North America.

1980 was the merger instead of the Belgian Coppée new name was Lafarge Coppée. 1994 of first operations in China. Three years later, Lafarge increased with the acquisition of the UK Redland in business with roofing materials. In 2000 the company merged with the conservation organization WWF partnership and launched a world-wide CO2 climate change program.

In December 2001, Lafarge became the world with the acquisition of Blue Circle Industries of the largest cement producers, before leading to date competitor Holcim.

The company management decided to double the production capacity of its plant in Dujiangyan to 2.4 million tons per year, on 29 June 2004. On 11 August 2005, with the Shui On Construction, a Chinese cement producer, signed a partnership agreement and founded the Lafarge Shui On Cement. In November 2005, the Company acquired a competitor in southwest China and announced further investments with the aim to come up with an annual production capacity of 21 million tons of cement. This new joint venture is one of the three largest cement manufacturers in China.

2004, a fine of 86 million euros was imposed on Lafarge due to the involvement in the cement cartel. In contrast, the company presented a contradiction.

Bruno Lafont was appointed on 1 January 2006 as the new CEO of Lafarge. Together with the École des Ponts ParisTech and Ecole Polytechnique founded Lafarge on 22 March of the same year the world's first Chair of sustainable design in the Department of Materials Science. PAI partners and Lafarge give on 1 March 2007 that they completed the sale of the roofing materials, Lafarge Roofing to PAI partners for an amount of 2.4 billion euros. In addition to PAI partners Lafarge holds a 35 percent stake in the new company, which calls itself since the beginning of 2008 Monier.

Lafarge took over on January 23, 2008 for 8.8 billion euros, the Egyptian company Orascom Cement, the leading cement producer in the Middle East and North African countries bordering the Mediterranean.

The group

The Lafarge Group operates more than 1,900 plants and production facilities worldwide. Among these is located in Austria that has existed since 1872 Perlmooser AG and since 1996 Lafarge Lafarge belonging Perlmooser AG.

Lafarge operates a network of research and development facilities with a total of 500 employees worldwide. Has cooperation projects with various universities and research institutions in the USA, France and Switzerland.

In addition to a global partnership with the conservation organization WWF, the group has global partnerships with CARE and Habitat for Humanity, closed. Lafarge is also a member of the Global Business Coalition on HIV / AIDS and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development ( WBCSD) for sustainable development.