Holcim has a presence in around 70 countries, and employs around 72,000 employees. Holcim operates four businesses segments: cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, and other products, including precast concrete, asphalt, mortar and other building materials.
Originally, the company was established as LafargeHolcim by the merger on 10 July 2015 of Holcim and Lafarge, which had combined sales of CHF 26.7 billion in 2019. In the 2020 Forbes Global 2000, it was ranked as the 280th largest public company in the world.
(WOWTIMES) Holcim’s history and milestones
- 1833: The Lafarge company was born in Le Teil (Ardèche, France). Joseph-Auguste Pavin de Lafarge began regular extraction operations in the limestone quarries.
- 1864: First major project was the Suez Canal.
- 1887: The world’s first research laboratory on cement was opnened
- 1912: Holcim was founded and is headquartered in Jona, Switzerland
- 1942: The research and testing facility Technische Stelle Holderbank (Technical Center Holderbank) was created
- 1960: following the entry into the Canadian market, a large cement production facility was opened in Michigan (USA). Almost simultaneously, Ernst Schmidheiny invested in a small plant near São Paulo (Brazil).
- 1974: Holderbank made its first move in Asia with a participation in the Philippines.
- 1980’s and 1990’s: The company had further expansion into new markets
- 2001: The company’s name was changed to Holcim by a vote at the annual general meeting.
- 2009: Holcim expanded to Australia
- 2015: Lafarge merged with Holcim, to create LafargeHolcim
- 2019: the firm announced a "commercial breakthrough for low-carbon cement", Solidia Concrete, which "reduces the overall carbon footprint in precast concrete by 70%"
- 2021, shareholders voted on changing the company name back to Holcim. The new identity of the company was launched on July 8, 2021. This name change applies only to the group company name with all market brands remaining in existence.
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