Year in review: our 2018 highlights


2018 has been an exciting year of innovation and growth for LafargeHolcim, with the prospect of much more in the years ahead.

From key acquisitions, major projects and promising financial results, to achievements in sustainability and steps towards new horizons in innovation - there are so many stories we have been proud to share this year.

Revisit our highlights from the past twelve months, and join us in 2019 for more updates from across our business.



01 disensa yir

1,000th Disensa retail store milestone achieved in Latin America

The Disensa network offers self-builders and smaller contractors simple and easy access to LafargeHolcim’s own building solutions. Now with 1,000 stores across Latin America, we're closer to our customers than ever!

A one-stop shop for all your needs!



02 ports yir

A key partner for new ports in Morocco and Ecuador

The DP World Posorja project in Ecuador and the Nador West Med complex in Morocco demonstrate LafargeHolcim’s expertise in construction materials and services for durable marine infrastructure.

Read the press release on these major construction projects

modern city_India

A CHF 200 million investment to drive growth in India

A new cement plant in the state of Rajasthan will strengthen our presence in northern India.

Read the press release on this major investment

03 kendall yir

LafargeHolcim acquires Kendall Group in the UK

Kendall Group is a successful business with a strong record of performance, a good reputation and passionate people. It is highly complementary to our existing operations in the UK.

Read the press release on this key acquisition

04 durabric homes yir

DURABRIC Homes makes dreams a reality in Malawi

14Trees, LafargeHolcim’s joint-venture with CDC, launched DURABRIC Homes which allows local home builders to construct their dream home in just 12-16 weeks.

Find out more about the DURABRIC Homes initiative



07 q4 2017 yir

Full Year 2017 Financial Results

Our full year results showed good progress for 2017, with Strategy 2022 - "Building for Growth" providing the setting for more to come in the year ahead

Read the press release, Annual Report and investor presentation

08 strategy yir

Strategy 2022 - "Building for Growth"

Announced by CEO Jan Jenisch, Strategy 2022 - "Building for Growth" aims to drive profitable growth and simplify the business to deliver resilient returns and attractive value to stakeholders

Read more about Strategy 2022 - "Building for Growth"

01 geocycle sofia yir

Geocycle boosts Bulgaria's transition to a circular economy

Thanks to the co-processing solutions offered by Geocycle Bulgaria, waste management in Sofia is rapidly embracing a more circular economy

Discover what goes on at Geocycle's MBT plant in Sofia



02 yhnova yir

Innovative 3D printed project Yhnova inaugurated in Nantes, France

We were proud to participate in the digitalization of our sector by contributing the special concrete mix used to build project Yhnova, the University of Nantes’ 3D printed social housing project.

Read more about how digital technology can support affordable housing

03 falcon1 yir

Peregrine falcons at the center of conservation activities in four US quarries

Aggregate Industries US has taken important measures to protect breeding pairs of peregrine falcons at their quarry in Saugus, MA.

Read more about biodiversity at our sites



04 q1 yir

First Quarter 2018 Trading Update

In the First Quarter 2018 Trading Update we reported continued sales growth.

Access the press release and investor presentations

04 haller park yir

Bamburi Cement's conservation efforts transform wastelands around Mombasa plant

Forty-seven years ago, the zone around the South Quarry was a barren wasteland - now, thanks to the team at Bamburi Cement, it is a conservation center and wildlife park home to wildlife and 400 indigenous plant species.

Find out more about Haller Park's transformation



01 geocycle plastic yir

Diverting plastic waste from landfill to resource: how Geocycle makes a big difference

The global conversation around pollution is increasingly focused on plastic waste. Co-processing, Geocycle's waste management solution, provides a more sustainable alternative to landfill.

Find out how Geocycle can help

05 world cup russia yir

Building materials for new temples to football in Russia

Cement plants in Shurovo, Ferzikovo and Volsk and aggregate quarries in the Karelia Republic all played a vital role in providing construction materials for stadiums such as Moscow’s flagship Luzhniki Stadium.

Read more about this key construction project



02 highways uk yir

Aggregate Industries UK joins major infrastructure project on GBP 500 million contract

Aggregate Industries has won a four-year contract to deliver pavement solutions to Highways England.

Read the press release on this key project

04 q2 yir

Half Year 2018 Financial Results

In our Half Year Results we shared the news of our accelerating growth momentum.

Access the press release, Half Year Report and investor presentation



03 acquisition us yir

Growing our US footprint with two acquisitions

In the summer months we grew our North America portfolio through two key bolt-on acquisitions: Metro Mix LLC and Tarrant Concrete.

Read about Tarrant Concrete  
Read about Metro Mix

04 beckum yir

Achieving the pinnacle of sustainability certification at Beckum cement plant

In August we were delighted to announce that our Beckum plant in Germany had achieved the Concrete Sustainability Council's Silver Sustainability Certificate - the highest possible level of sustainability certification for a cement plant.

Read more on Holcim Germany's website



05 foundation yir

Global LafargeHolcim Awards winners demonstrate the impact of sustainable design and construction

The competition’s top prizes were handed over in Mexico City, where the Gold-winning project is under construction and reiterates the importance of water in urban contexts.

Read more about the projects and ceremony



05 q3 yir

Third Quarter 2018 Trading Update

In the Third Quarter 2018 Trading Update we announced accelerated growth momentum, especially in terms of Net Sales.

Access the press release and investor presentations



02 tower marseillaise yir

Ductal® UHPC prefabricated elements on full display as the iconic La Marseillaise is inaugurated in Marseille

The new waterfront landmark shows its patriotic colors thanks to Ductal® 's precast panels. Beyond aesthetics, Ductal® was also key to achieving sustainability and safety goals.

Read more about Ductal®'s role in Jean Nouvel's iconic project

03 demo day yir

LH Accelerator opens up innovation in our industry

In November the first season of LH Accelerator, a program bringing together startups and industry leaders, came to a close with pitches to investors on Demo Day.

Read the full story on Demo Day



04 knitcrete yir

Holcim Mexico develops concrete for innovative experimental structure

Showcasing new computational design methods and innovative formwork technology, KnitCandela is a tribute to the work of Félix Candela, for which Holcim Mexico provided special concrete with increased onsite workability

Find out more about our collaboration with Block Research Group and Zaha Hadid Architects​

05 seaboost yir

LafargeHolcim and EGIS/Seaboost provide a concrete solution for damaged marine ecosystems

LafargeHolcim partnered with EGIS/Seaboost to develop innovative concrete solutions to meet the challenge of rehabilitating damaged coastal ecosystems.

Find out about this fruitful partnership​