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LafargeHolcim invests in Martres-Tolosane upgrade

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LafargeHolcim is to invest €100 million to modernize the Martres-Tolosane cement plant in southwest France. According to a company statement, it will be its largest investment in the country in 40 years and will see the construction of a new kiln.

The new kiln will improve the plant’s productivity and reduce its environmental impact, allowing the plant to use alternative fuels.

“This modernisation will enable the recycling and recovery of waste, helping the Martres-Tolosane plant to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 footprint through the use of alternative fuels,” said the company.

Work will begin the third trimester of 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Following the upgrade, the aim is to run the plant on 80% alternative fuels.

“This investment reaffirms not only our confidence in the competitive energy and longevity of French industry, but also out commitment to an environmentally conscious method of production, using circular economy strategy to make best use of our resources,” said Bénédicte de Bonnechose, CEO of Lafarge France.

Lafarge France employs around 4000 people at over 400 sites. It is the country’s largest cement maker and concrete producer, as well as the third-largest producer of aggregates. The Martres-Tolosane plant is located in the Occitane region of France.

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