Holcim (Romania) donated 440 tones of cement for the reconstruction of the houses damaged by the floods in Teleorman County, one of the most affected areas in the country. The company also assured the cement transportation in 6 localities in the county: Cervenia, Ciolanesti, Contesti, Didesti, Draganesti Vlasca and Smardioasa.
According to the information centralized at the Teleorman District Committee for Emergency Situations, the floods caused substantial damages in this area, more than 400 houses being completely destroyed and other 1,770 being severely damaged.
Beginning with the first floods, in the spring of 2005, Holcim (Romania) decided to get involved in supporting the affected people by donating an important qualitity of the necessary construction materials for rebuilding the houses, schools and hospitals damaged by the floods.
So far, Holcim (Romania) has donated 1,640 cement tones and 100 square meters of aggregates for the refugees in Timis, Buzau, Arges, Olt, Vrancea and Teleorman, assuring also the transportation for all the materials donated.
"We are empathizing with the people affected by the floods and try to help them by various actions and donations of construction materials, in line with the common effort for the reconstruction of the areas damaged by the disasters. It is very important to help people when they really need it. Through all our social responsibility project, Holcim (Romania) is continuously involved in building a better future", said Markus Wirth, General Manager Holcim Romania.
In May 2005, Holcim (Romania) answered the initiative of World Vision and Realitatea TV, the "Reality builds the dam" campaign, with a donation of 1000 cement tones for the reconstruction and the renovation of the schools, houses and hospitals affected by the floods in Banat area.
In June 2005, Holcim (Romania) was involved with the Romanian Red Cross to support the affected people to rebuild the houses damaged by the landslides in Buzau County. 200 tones of cement donated by Holcim got to the people in Nehoiu, whose houses have been totally or partially destroyed. The first cement transportation organized by the Romanian Red Cross supported by Holcim (Romania) and the voluntary work of its employees reached the affected people in Nehoiu on June 30th.
Holcim (Romania) employees decided to complete the company efforts in supporting the refugees. Therefore, they made personal donations in the bank accounts opened by the governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the refugee support campaign.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. is the Romanian subsidiary of Holcim Group Ltd, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. One of the top players in the world construction materials industry, the Group is based in Switzerland and has majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. Holcim employs more than 48,000 people operating 130 cement plants and grinding stations and over 750 ready-mixed concrete plants throughout the world. Holcim is also one of the first international players in the construction industry to have invested in Eastern Europe after 1989.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 12 ready-mixed concrete plants (9 of which have been built based on the environment friendly concept) and 4 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees.