Lafarge builds a plasterboard plant in Germany

10 November 2000

The Gypsum Division of the Lafarge Group is investing in the construction of a production facility in Germany which will manufacture plasterboard and semi-hydrate for plaster products and liquid screeds. This investment, which corresponds to the growing needs of the Gypsum Division's markets, supplements its other European production capabilities.

Located in Lippendorf, 20 km south of Leipzig, this plant will achieve production capacity of 20,000,000 m2 of plasterboard by 2002. Ninety jobs will be created on the site.

The plant will be very competitive, partly thanks to its geographical situation on the German and Austrian markets, and partly owing to its proximity to the Lippendorf power plant, which will supply Lafarge with synthetic gypsum. When the plant becomes operational, substantial savings will immediately be made on logistical costs.

A key benefit of the use of synthetic gypsum produced by a process of desulphurisation of fluegas at the Lippendorf power plant will enable the facility to make a positive contribution to the environment and the preservation of natural resources. Synthetic gypsum is an extremely pure raw material for manufacturing of plasterboard.

With German plants at Lübbenau, Stadtoldendorf and Boxberg and French and Dutch plants nearby, Lafarge Gips is a significant supplier of gypsum products on the German market.

This investment follows recent developments made by the Gypsum Division in Asia, the United States and Poland.

World leader in construction materials, the Lafarge Group employs some 71,000 people in more than 70 countries, and records annual sales of 10.5 billion euros.

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