Lafarge announces the renewal of its partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The new partnership extends the multi-project framework agreement signed between Lafarge and EBRD in 1996, which resulted in joint investments by the EBRD and Lafarge in development projects in Poland, Romania and Slovenia.
EBRD has committed up to 70 million euros for the development of Lafarge's activities in Russia, initially to modernise and develop two cement plants located in the Moscow and Tcheliabinsk (Urals) regions, with a total production capacity of 4 million tonnes. This is the first time the EBRD has invested in Russia alongside an international manufacturer in the cement sector.
With the renewal of this framework agreement, the geographic scope has been extended to include the countries of Central Asia, and the EBRD's maximum budget for investment in Lafarge projects in the region has been increased to a total of 300 million euros through year-end 2009.
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all four of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. With 80,000 employees in 76 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16 billion in 2005.
Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2006 ‘100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns. It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday surroundings.
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