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    1. September 9, 2014

      Kenya’s ARM Cement comes through a mix of fortunes

      When HJ Paunrana applied for a job at a cement factory in Kenya at the age of 30, he was turned away. He had left school at...

    2. July 7, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: nothing to see here

      The omissions are the only interesting part. On Monday, Holcim and Lafarge released a list of planned asset disposals,...

    1. July 7, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge outline disposal plans to secure €40bn merger

      Holcim and Lafarge have spelt out the divestments they plan to make as they attempt to win over antitrust regulators with...

    2. July 1, 2014

      Buyout trio weighs bid for Lafarge and Holcim’s $5bn asset sale

      Blackstone, Cinven and a Canadian pension fund are exploring a joint bid for €5bn worth of assets earmarked for sale by...

    3. June 4, 2014

      African cement: Dangote’s day?

      Touring a cement plant is, actually, quite interesting. It might also help to explain how Dangote Cement – a jewel in the...

    4. May 21, 2014

      Russian shareholder Galchev eyes Holcim and Lafarge disposals

      The second largest shareholder in cement group Holcim agreed to support the $40bn merger with France’s Lafarge on the...

    5. May 9, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: not so wholesome

      The Omnicom/Publicis deal died before completion, killed by internal contradictions. This early demise, embarrassing as it...

    6. April 11, 2014

      Letter from Lex: unconventional wisdom

      Readers, A series of efforts to overturn accepted thinking were under way this week. Top of the list was the Greek...

    7. April 11, 2014

      Regulators should come down hard on Holcim-Lafarge

      There are never any takeovers in Europe, just “mergers of equals”. Switzerland’s Holcim and Lafarge of France announced...

    8. April 7, 2014

      Holcim/Lafarge: Cement mixer

      Concrete can take some time to set. So might this deal. Up to 15 antitrust regulators are in the mix to assess the mooted...

    9. April 7, 2014

      French government ‘vigilant’ over sale of national champions

      The flurry of spectacular deals involving French companies – which peaked on Monday with the takeover of Lafarge, the cement...

    10. April 7, 2014

      Holcim-Lafarge: Hard facts of a concrete merger

      The rather drab world of the cement industry, which dates back to the ancient Egyptians, has been thrust into the spotlight...

    11. April 7, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge outline cement merger deal

      Holcim and Lafarge, the world’s largest cement makers, set out their proposed €39bn merger on Monday, raising the prospect...

    12. April 6, 2014

      Lafarge-Holcim $40bn union set to spark antitrust worries

      Two of the world’s largest cement groups, Lafarge and Holcim, are expected to announce plans for a $40bn merger on Monday,...

    13. April 6, 2014

      Cement merger tries to head off regulators

      Holcim and Lafarge will announce plans to sell some $5bn worth of production facilities on Monday as they try to offset a...

    14. April 4, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: cement shoes

      Do not call the combination under discussion between Lafarge and Holcim a “merger of equals”, as the companies say. Rather,...

    15. April 4, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge in $40bn merger talks

      The world’s two largest cement companies are in talks about a merger to create a $40bn group at the top of the global cement...

    16. February 19, 2014

      Lafarge: out loud

      Descend the monumental staircase of the Louvre’s Islamic wing and you will notice the floor and walls of the space below...

    17. February 19, 2014

      Cement group Lafarge upbeat on global demand

      Lafarge said that demand in the emerging markets would pick up sharply this year and make progress in Europe, as the cement...

    18. November 28, 2013

      On a mission to rescue concrete from its brutal reputation

      When the MuCEM museum opened in Marseille last year, what it was made out of stirred almost as much interest as its displays...

    19. November 11, 2013

      Cement makers threaten challenge against UK watchdog

      Two of the world’s biggest cement companies have threatened Britain’s Competition Commission with a legal challenge after...

    20. November 6, 2013

      Cement companies: building a foundation

      Cement is solid. Not so cement companies’ earnings. Holcim shares wobbled after the Swiss company released...

    21. October 4, 2013

      Centrica appoints Rick Haythornthwaite as chairman

      Centrica has appointed Rick Haythornthwaite, one of the UK’s leading business figures, as its new chairman. The former BP...

    22. August 20, 2013

      CRH: what green shoots?

      Somebody obviously forgot to tell Myles Lee that Europe is returning to rude health. Data last week showed that the eurozone...

    23. August 19, 2013

      Cement makers hit by emerging markets pain

      Bid activity helped mitigate some of the pain felt in European equity markets after an emerging market-led sell-off was felt...

    24. June 24, 2013

      Lafarge agrees $700m plasterboard venture sale

      Lafarge has agreed to sell its North American plasterboard business to Lone Star, the US private equity group, for $700m as...

    25. June 18, 2013

      Votorantim suspends $4.9bn Brazil IPO

      Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil’s largest cement producer, has suspended a R$10.3bn ($4.9bn) initial public offering that would...

    26. June 16, 2013

      Votorantim aims to build on Brazil’s building boom

      When Pedro Lima Salomão told his classmates that Corinthians, one of the most popular football teams in Brazil, had started...

    27. June 4, 2013

      Brazilian cement: Votorantim Cimentos

      Votorantim Cimentos would make a great investment – three years ago. Alas, Brazil’s leading cement maker is listing its...

    28. May 23, 2013

      Groupe Bruxelles Lambert aims to get the right investment balance

      Albert Frère is not getting any younger but, despite his 87 years, Belgium’s richest man still enjoys playing the long game...

    29. May 8, 2013

      Building materials: beyond bricks

      Filthy weather blurred many a motorist’s vision in Europe and America last winter, and the chill seemed endless. It did not...

    30. April 30, 2013

      Orascom settles Egyptian tax dispute

      Orascom Construction Industries, Egypt’s biggest listed company by market capitalisation, has reached a settlement with the...

    31. beyondbrics

      March 15, 2013

      Egypt's Sawiris case raises fears over investment environment

      Photo: Bloomberg An Egyptian proverb says, “when the merchant goes bust, he starts searching through his old books,” in the...

    32. March 4, 2013

      OCI suffers as chief hit with travel ban

      Shares in fertiliser and construction group Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) fell 3.6 per cent on Monday, following...

    33. February 26, 2013

      Share not sell – Co-op’s capital solution

      It looked like such a coup for the Co-op. When the Co-operative group’s purchase of 632 branches from Lloyds Banking Group...

    34. February 20, 2013

      Lafarge: solidifying nicely

      France’s Lafarge didn’t so much “bring materials to life” – its corporate tagline – on Wednesday as an entire sector....

    35. January 28, 2013

      Construction material suppliers cut back

      Hanson, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of construction materials, is to suspend production at several quarries, following...

    36. beyondbrics

      January 9, 2013

      Slim, Lafarge team up on cement

      Carlos Slim is not one to waste any time. Having only announced three months ago that Elementia, his building materials...

    37. December 17, 2012

      Holcim – solidifying performance

      Strength and speed have been holy grails in the cement business since the Romans first mixed quicklime, water and ash to...

    38. November 16, 2012

      Mittal bets on UK with £272m cement deal

      Lakshmi Mittal has made his first substantial industrial investment in the UK through a £272m deal to acquire a series of...

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