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HeidelbergCement invests in the modernisation and reorganisation of French cement sites

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HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary, Ciments Calcia, has presented the draft terms of its large-scale investment and reorganisation programme for several of its sites in France. The programme is in line with HeidelbergCement’s strategy to create a sustainable low-carbon and high-performance business throughout the group.

“As part of our global business excellence initiative, we intend to further optimise effectiveness, processes and structures of our French sites,” says Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “We want to considerably speed up the modernisation of our plants in order to enhance our performance in France, while ensuring alignment with the goals of the Paris agreement. This is why we focus our initiatives on the main CO2-emitting plants in France.”

The programme comprises investments of around €400 million at the Ciments Calcia plants, of which nearly €300 million are earmarked for the Airvault site alone. The company intends to adapt the organisation at its French headquarters and at two of its production sites in France in the following way:

  • Conversion of the plant in Gargenville (Yvelines) into a modern grinding centre and shut down of the kiln system and quarry operations. This adjustment would in particular enhance the sustainability of this strategically important site, which supplies the Parisian basin via inland waterways.
  • Shut down of white cement production at the Cruas (Ardèche) site. The site would be converted into an automated cement terminal for the distribution of white cement.
  • Review of the organisation of headquarters in Guerville (Yvelines) and adaptation to the company’s transformation.
  • The reorganisation would result in the reduction of 162 jobs and creation of 20 new jobs.

HeidelbergCement is significantly pushing its ambitious climate goals. By 2025, the company aims to reduce specific net CO2 emissions to below 525 kg per t of cementitious material. This figure corresponds to a reduction of 30% compared to 1990. To achieve this goal, the company has defined concrete measures for all plants worldwide. The investment and reorganisation programme in France will contribute to reaching this goal.

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