Lafarge creates a joint venture in gypsum in Romania

23 March 2001

Lafarge and Arcom signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint venture which will see them merging their gypsum businesses in Romanian so creating Lafarge Arcom Gip. The agreement includes a plan to extend a recently built plasterboard plant in the outskirts of Bucharest, which will both satisfy local needs and export to the Balkans.

Arcom is one of the largest Romanian companies in the construction sector. The operation establishes Lafarge, sole local plasterboard manufacturer, as leader in plasterboard in Romania, where it already held a significant share of the market. The Group is therefore strengthening its positions on the Romanian plasterboard market, which has strong growth potential. Per capita consumption currently stands at 0.3 m2; by way of comparison, per capita consumption in Poland has already risen to 1.5 m2.

The Lafarge Group's Gypsum Division operates in 23 countries. It employs more than 5,000 people and generated sales of €1 billion in 2000.

Lafarge is world leader in building materials. It has 66,000 employees in 71 countries and holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions – Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. In 2000, the Group recorded sales of €12.2 billion.

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