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12 June 2014

Cement giants Lafarge and Holcim

Cement giants Lafarge and Holcim

There have been press reports earlier in 2014 that Holcim and Lafarge will merge. These are two of the world's cement giants. On April 7 2014 Holcim of Switzerland unveiled a deal to buy France's Lafarge, which would create the world's biggest cement maker, with $44 billion (26 billion pounds) of annual sales, and launch asset sales worldwide to steer it over antitrust hurdles. It will be known as LafargeHolcim.

Both these companies operate in southeast Asia. Both are destroying limestone hills.

Holcim is active in southwest Vietnam, in the controversial Ha Tien / Hon Chong area. I say controversial as this area is important for its biodiversity. One important document (in English) is "Beleaguered Hills: managing the biodiversity of the remaining karst hills of Kien Giang, Vietnam , (various authors / sponsors) 2008.

See my blog on Hon Chong.and FFI blog on Holcim

Lafarge are of course in Malaysia, currently quarrying Gunung Kanthan in Perak. See labels on right column of this blog, also the 2014 press reports.

Lafarge recently merged its British operations with those of Anglo American to form LafargeTarmac. Holcim runs Britain's Aggregate Industries.

Surprisingly the LafargeHolcim merger is already on Wikipedia.

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