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About LafargeHolcim

Our history

LafargeHolcim was born of the merger of equals by Lafarge and Holcim in 2015. With over 180 years of combined experience, our united Group aims to usher in a new era of leading ­edge technologies and innovations in the building materials industry to address the challenges of the 21st century.

Corporate history

  • 1912: Holcim was born with the opening of a first cement plant in Holderbank (Switzerland) by Adolf Gygi, joined two years later by visionary industrial Ernst Schmidheiny.
  • 1922 - ­1931: Crossing borders. The company began investing in cement business in other European countries and in Egypt, Lebanon, and South Africa.
  • 1942: Creation of the research and testing facility Technische Stelle Holderbank (Technical Center Holderbank).
  • 1952­ - 1961: A decade of increased expansion. In 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).
  • 1962 - ­1991: One global Group. Holderbank began a phase of expansion in Latin America. In 1974, Holderbank made its first move in Asia with a participation in the Philippines. Later, Holderbank began scouting new markets: Spain in 1980 and Eastern Europe, China, India, and Southeast Asia in the early 1990s.
  • 2001: The company’s name was changed to Holcim by a vote at the annual general meeting.
  • 2014: Holcim and Lafarge announced their merger project.
  • 2015: Closing of the merger, which gave birth to LafargeHolcim, the new leader of the building materials industry.

Key facts and figures

  • 90 countries
  • 115,000 employees
  • CHF 32.6 bn in net sales
  • 386.5 mt of installed capacity worldwide
  • More than 2,500 plants (including over 1,600 in ready mix concrete, over 600 in aggregates, over 180 in cement, and 70 grinding plants)
  • Our solutions and services: cement, concrete, and aggregate solutions for the following businesses: buildings, infrastructure, distribution, oil and gas, affordable housing, and construction systems
  • CEO: Eric Olsen
  • Founded in 2015 following the merger of Lafarge and Holcim

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