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DateLine Sunday, 25 May 2008





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Lafarge acquires L & T Concrete

In line with its strategy to develop its Aggregates and Concrete business in emerging markets, Lafarge acquired L & T Concrete for an enterprise value of 226 million euros. Lafarge will be acquiring 66 highly efficient concrete plants across India, in key markets such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore, with total estimated volumes of 4.1Mm3 in 2008 and a market share of approximately 25%.

The acquisition will be accretive to Lafarge earnings per share from 2009. With this acquisition, Lafarge establishes itself as the leader in the Indian ready-mix concrete market.

The ready-mix concrete market is still in an early stage of its development in India, but offers strong growth and value creation potential. The Indian construction market is developing to meet significant demand for new housing, urbanisation and infrastructure.

The acquisition marks an important step in Lafarge’s strategy to develop its Aggregates and Concrete business in emerging markets.

It will provide the group with an excellent platform to develop further its Aggregates and Concrete business in the fast-growing Indian market, along with a very experienced team.

India offers strong potential for introducing innovative products.

Lafarge boasts the world’s leading research facility in building materials and has developed innovative, value-added concrete products over the last ten years which contribute to improving construction methods and working conditions on building sites.

One of Lafarge’s key strategic focuses today is innovation in concrete, which translates into an accelerated roll-out of value-added concrete products in both developed and emerging markets.

Lafarge will be aiming to offer the India market its most advanced and value creative solutions for construction. Lafarge chairman and CEO, Bruno Lafont said “Lafarge was the first in its industry to move into Aggregates and Concrete business in a significant way, over 10 years ago and to develop a unique expertise in creating value in the Concrete business.

With this acquisition, we are taking a pioneering step in the emerging India market.”

This acquisition follows the recent start-up of operations at Lafarge’s first Greenfield ready-mix concrete plant in Raipur, in the state of Chhattisgarh and marks a decisive step in Lafarge’s strategy to grow its presence in the India ready-mix market.



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