The Group at a Glance
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History

How does a family business grow into a world leader in just one century? Discover the turning points that marked the Group's expansion    

Lafarge began operations in 1833 when Auguste Pavin de Lafarge set up a lime operation in France. Through numerous acquisitions of lime and cement companies throughout the country, Lafarge became France's largest cement producer by the late 1930s.

 

The company first expanded internationally in 1864 with the supply of lime for construction of the Suez Canal. International expansion continued in the early twentieth century when operations began in North Africa, UK, Brazil and Canada.

 

Through the 1981 acquisition of General Portland Inc., Lafarge became one of the largest cement manufacturers in North America. Lafarge further expanded internationally through the purchase of Blue Circle Industries in 2001 and took on acquisitions around the Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Lafarge is the joint leader in the worldwide cement industry, with production facilities in 51 countries.

 

The aggregates and concrete business, now operating in 29 countries, made a significant leap in 1997 with the acquisition of Redland plc, one of the principal manufacturers of aggregates and concrete worldwide at the time.

 

Lafarge first entered the market for gypsum products in 1931 and is now the world's third largest wallboard producer, with operations in 28 countries.

 

In February 2007, the company sold its Roofing Division, which came on board with Redland plc.

 

Lafarge’s history at a glance

1833

Beginning of operations in France

 

1864

Lafarge delivers 110,000 tonnes of lime for the construction of the Suez Canal

 

1931

Lafarge enters in gypsum

 

1956

Lafarge builds its first cement plant in Richmond, Canada

 

1981

Acquisition of General Portland Inc

 

1994

Lafarge enters the Chinese market through the creation of a joint venture in cement

 

1997

Acquisition of Redland plc

 

2001

Acquisition of Blue Circle Industries plc

 

2007

Sale of Lafarge's Roofing Division

 

2008

Acquisition of Orascom Cement

 

Mountsorrel quarry

Mountsorrel quarry

Gypsum mining in France

Gypsum mining in France

Constitution documents from Spain

Constitution documents from Spain

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