In almost a century, Holcim has grown from humble beginnings in a Swiss village to become one of the world's leading construction materials companies.

1912 - Swiss roots

Holcim was founded as "Aargauische Portlandcementfabrik Holderbank-Wildegg" in 1912, in the village of Holderbank, Canton Aargau. From an early stage, it became clear that the domestic market could offer only limited opportunities for expansion.

1920's - Crossing borders

By the early 1920s, the company began investing in cement businesses in other European countries. This trend was quickly followed by investments in Egypt, Lebanon and South Africa.

1945-1970 - Expansion to America

In the years following 1945, and particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, a network of holdings began to develop in North and Latin America.

1970's - Heading eastwards

In the 1970s, Holcim began to explore ventures in the emerging markets of the Asia-Pacific region.

1980's - Further expansion into new markets

In the 1980s, Holcim continued to expand into new markets, including Eastern Europe. A greater focus on aggregates and ready-mixed concrete production strengthened the company's position as a vertically integrated market leader.

1990's - Human capital is our most important asset

A strong focus on core business activities in cement, concrete and aggregates characterized Holcim's activities during the 1990s. Continuing professional development programs for employees, coupled with a best practices policy, ensured challenges were met with creative solutions and company performance was enhanced. Entry into new markets, particularly within Asia, further expanded opportunities for the Group.

2001 - A new brand

The name of the Group was changed from "Holderbank" Financière Glaris Ltd. to Holcim Ltd in May 2001.

2005 - Set foot in India

Holcim entered into a strategic alliance with Gujarat Ambuja Cements to participate in the growth market of India, making a public purchase offer to the shareholders of The Associated Cement Companies (ACC) and Ambuja Cement Eastern. In the same year, Holcim acquired Aggregate Industries, thus entering the UK market and strengthening its aggregates and ready-mix concrete businesses in North America.

2008 - Further strengthening of presence in world's fastest growing region

Holcim became the single biggest shareholder of Huaxin Cement Co. Ltd., the Group's strategic partner in China, and now holds a 39.9 percent stake in the company.

2009 - Expansion to Australia

Holcim expanded its Australian business through the acquisition of Cemex Australia, now Holcim Australia, a company with countrywide operations in the aggregates, ready-mix concrete and concrete products business. The acquisition enabled Holcim to include Australia in its strategy of expanding its aggregates and ready-mix concrete business in mature markets.

2012 - Holcim turns 100 years old

What started in 1912 in the Swiss village of Holderbank, is today a global company employing some 80,000 people, with production sites in around 70 countries.

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