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Lafarge has signed an agreement with the Haniel Group for the acquisition of Hupfer Holding, a major aggregates and ready-mix concrete producer in the East and the Center of France and in the area of Zurich in Switzerland. The enterprise value amounts to €92 million including a debt of €23.5 million.
The purchased assets include 9 quarries with an annual capacity of 4.7 million tonnes of aggregates and 7 ready-mix plants (approximately 0.3 million cubic meters).
This agreement is subject to approval by competition authorities.
“This acquisition provides synergies with our existing operations, and also a platform for further growth in new attractive and profitable regions in France. It is consistent with Lafarge's long-term business strategy”, said Bernard Kasriel, CEO of Lafarge.
The acquired assets will be integrated with the operations of Lafarge Granulats France.
Lafarge, the world leader in building materials, holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge employs 75,000 people in 75 countries and posted sales of €13.6 billion and operating income of €1.9 billion in 2003.
The Aggregates & Concrete Division of Lafarge, n°2 world-wide, is present in 22 countries. It operates 655 aggregates quarries and 1,073 ready-mix plants. In 2003, sales totaled 4,465 million euros and there were 20,547 employees. The Division sells Aggregates, ready-mix concrete, prefabricated concrete and asphalt and paving for engineering structures, roads and buildings.
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