The Group at a glance
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History

How does a family business grow into a world leader in just one century? Discover the turning points that marked the Group's expansion

Lafarge began operations in 1833 when Auguste Pavin de Lafarge set up a lime operation in France. Through numerous acquisitions of lime and cement companies throughout the country, Lafarge became France's largest cement producer by the late 1930s.

 

The company first expanded internationally in 1864 with the supply of lime for construction of the Suez Canal. International expansion continued in the early twentieth century when operations began in North Africa, UK, Brazil and Canada.

 

Through the 1981 acquisition of General Portland Inc., Lafarge became one of the largest cement manufacturers in North America. Lafarge further expanded internationally through the purchase of Blue Circle Industries in 2001 and took on acquisitions around the Mediterranean Basin, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

 

The aggregates and concrete business, now operating in 29 countries, made a significant leap in 1997 with the acquisition of Redland plc, one of the principal manufacturers of aggregates and concrete worldwide at the time.

 

Lafarge first entered the market for gypsum products in 1931 and is now the world's third largest wallboard producer, with operations in 28 countries.

 

In February 2007, the company sold its Roofing Division, which came on board with Redland plc.

Lafarge’s history at a glance

1833

Beginning of operations in France

1864

Lafarge delivers 110,000 tonnes of lime for the construction of the Suez Canal

1931

Lafarge enters in gypsum

1956

Lafarge builds its first cement plant in Richmond, Canada

1981

Acquisition of General Portland Inc

1994

Lafarge enters the Chinese market through the creation of a joint venture in cement

1997

Acquisition of Redland plc

2001

Acquisition of Blue Circle Industries plc

2007

Sale of Lafarge's Roofing Division

2008

Acquisition of Orascom Cement 

Gypsum mining in France, at the beginning of 20th Century

Gypsum mining in France,
at the beginning of 20th Century

Gypsum mining in France, at the beginning of 20th Century

Gypsum mining in France,
at the beginning of 20th Century

Constitution documents

Constitution documents

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Commitment to sustainability

Our products meet basic human need to construct homes and provide the basic infrastructure: the roads, the hospitals, the schools, the factories and offices that underpin our common life. Yet, business as usual is not a sustainable option for us or for the world as a whole. Together we must find a way of delivering the benefits of economic growth, while leaving a lighter trace on the earth. 

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