LafargeHolcim history


LafargeHolcim was born of the merger of equals by Lafarge and Holcim in 2015. With over 180 years of combined experience, our united Group aims to usher in a new era of leading-edge technologies and innovations in the building materials industry to address the challenges of the 21st century.

  • 1912: Holcim was born with the opening of a first cement plant in Holderbank (Switzerland) by Adolf Gygi, joined two years later by visionary industrial Ernst Schmidheiny.
  • 1922-1931: Crossing borders. The company began investing in cement business in other European countries and in Egypt, Lebanon, and South Africa.
  • 1942: Creation of the research and testing facility Technische Stelle Holderbank (Technical Center Holderbank).
  • 1952-1961: A decade of increased expansion. In 1960, following the entry into the Canadian market, a large cement production facility was opened in Michigan (USA). Almost simultaneously, Ernst Schmidheiny invested in a small plant near São Paulo (Brazil).
  • 1962-1991: One global Group. Holderbank began a phase of expansion in Latin America. In 1974, Holderbank made its first move in Asia with a participation in the Philippines. Later, Holderbank began scouting new markets: Spain in 1980 and Eastern Europe, China, India, and Southeast Asia in the early 1990s.
  • 2001: The company’s name was changed to Holcim by a vote at the annual general meeting.
  • 2014: Holcim and Lafarge announced their merger project.
  • 2015: Closing of the merger, which gave birth to LafargeHolcim, the new leader of the building materials industry.