Lafarge has just opened its first Sustainable Construction Development Lab in Chongqing and signed the Alliance Agreement with Chongqing University on the occasion of Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Council ("CMIA").
Located at Lafarge Shui On's Nanshan plant in Chongqing, the Sustainable Construction Development Lab is the first of such facilities opened worldwide in Lafarge Group. As an extension of its R&D Centre in Lyon, France, the Lab is fully equipped with Lafarge's cutting-edge technologies. The mission of the Lab is to develop new and advanced construction materials products and solutions for its customers in China based on local materials and conditions. This 1,000 square meter building will house 30 technicians and will be the base for experts of Lafarge R&D centre in Lyon and those outside Lafarge to work together.
In addition to this, and within its strategy to enhance innovation, Lafarge partnered today with Chongqing University through an Alliance Agreement. It aims to join the resources of both parties in research of mutual interests to develop innovative construction materials and final products by adapting to the China market and using raw materials in China. This includes training and research programmes with PhD students, focusing on the advancement of construction materials.
Innovation is a strategic priority for Lafarge. The group focuses on the development of innovative solutions reducing the environmental footprint and energy consumption of its operations and that of buildings using its products. Using its knowledge in this field - in conjunction with a leading Chinese university like Chongqing University - Lafarge will develop more sustainable innovations faster to benefit customers, the wider economy and the country as a whole.
Research shows that buildings are responsible for about 40% of global energy consumption and 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting this challenge means taking into account the whole lifespan of the building, from the mining of materials to the recycling of a building, via its construction, use and demolition. Lafarge dedicates more than €150 million each year to research and development of technology and innovation in products, systems and industrial processes. More than 60% of this budget is dedicated to sustainable construction. As a market where the company has built a strong presence, Lafarge in Chongqing has not only grown to be a leading company in the building materials sector, but also a model in dedicating itself in sustainable development. Its initiatives on sustainable construction will further enable the company to contribute more to the economic and social development of local community.
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Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.
Lafarge was ranked 6th in the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.
About Lafarge Shui On
Established in November of 2005, Lafarge Shui On Cement Ltd., is a joint venture between Lafarge Group and Shui On Construction and Materials Ltd. Today, Lafarge Shui On has grown into a leading company in the cement industry in China, particularly in Southwest China.
Headquartered in Beijing, Lafarge Shui On presents its business in Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan, with the annual capacity of 30 million tons.