LafargeHolcim ready-mix concrete paves the way for a highway in Milan, Italy

26 February 2015

Milan’s EXPO 2015 gave a much needed boost to Italy’s building sector. LafargeHolcim provided ready-mix and expertise for the BREBEMI highway, a key road infrastructure project connecting cities of Brescia, Bergamo and Milan that helped ensure the event’s success.


As a major artery that connects Milan to the wider Lombardy region, the A4 highway experiences major congestion, seeing on average 100,000 vehicles every day. In 2010, construction began on a new highway, dubbed BREBEMI (because it connects the cities of Brescia, Bergamo and Milan), with the goal of easing traffic ahead of the upcoming EXPO 2015.

LafargeHolcim leverages technical expertise to speed up Lombardy road transportation

The 64-km-long BREBEMI highway features four bridges and two artificial tunnels.  LafargeHolcim supplied 800,000 m3 of ready-mix concrete (700,000 directly to general contractor and 100,000 indirectly with suppliers of general contractor) and provided the operations of one support RMX plant located close to the job sites.

For the project, we also utilized our technical expertise to deliver additional services:

  • A mix design study
  • Quality control of raw materials at production plants
  • Ready-mix concrete waste cleaning at job sites

By minimizing risk and leveraging our customer network, we helped ensure that the BREBEMI highway was completed well before the start of Milan’s EXPO 2015. Today, approximately 60,000 cars per day travel the highway.