Lafarge officially opens a new cement production line at Kujawy in Poland
Lafarge has officially opened a new production line in the Kujawy cement plant, located west of Warsaw, in Poland. The production capacity now amounts to 1,6 million tonnes per year, an annual increase of 500 000 tonnes. With its state-of-the-art technological and environmental standards, Kujawy, which is today among the most modern industrial sites of the Group, benefits from a reinforced competitivity. The new dry process line, which uses the most environmentally friendly technology, replaces the 3 older wet process lines. The investment in this project amounted to 90 millions euros.
According to Bernard Kasriel, Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge: “This new line at Kujawy cement plant, one of the most modern plants of the Group today, illustrates our involvement within the Polish market and our commitment to investment in the framework of sustainable development. The four Divisions of the Group are present in Poland, a country with a strong potential for development with its entry into the European Union.”
Advanced industrial performance while respecting the environment
The new production line at Kujawy features a low consumption of fuel (decreased by 60%) and power (decreased by 30%). The decrease in fuel consumption has also allowed a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions. Moreover, dust emissions are seven times lower than previously due to state-of-the-art technology.
Lafarge in Poland With 1750 employees in Poland, Lafarge is present in all Divisions. In a national cement market amounting to 11 million tonnes annually, Lafarge owns a second cement plant in Malagoszcz, with an annual capacity of 1,7 million tonnes, located south of Warsaw. Lafarge also has 5 roofing plants, 18 concrete plants and 9 aggregate sites as well as one gypsum wallboard factory.
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, and employs 77,000 people in 75 countries. The Group holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge posted sales of €14.6 billion in 2002.
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