The major trends affecting construction
There are two underlying global shifts – or “megatrends” – that will affect the future of construction.
The number of people living in urban environments is predicted to rise by 2.5 billion over the next 15 years. And cities will account for more than 80 percent of global consumption by 2030. Building these urban environments and the infrastructure required to make them function presents a major opportunity for LafargeHolcim.
The construction industry is entering a period of transformation, characterized by increased demand for sustainable solutions, expanding influence of digital technologies and a broader range of construction solutions, notably in affordable housing.
Our combination of strengths – developed over many years and unmatched in our industry – put us in a strong position to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from these megatrends. We have:
- A global footprint with leadership positions in the vast majority of our markets
- A diversified portfolio with a good balance between mature and developing markets positioned in highly populated areas
- Industry-leading capability in innovation, enabling us to anticipate and meet the changing needs of our customers
- Highly talented, experienced and motivated people from diverse backgrounds
Four pillars of LafargeHolcim’s strategy
Our strategy aims to further strengthen the company’s leadership position in the construction industry, drive shareholder returns and establish the Group as the partner of choice for our customers – involved early in the design phase of projects – to address the dual challenges of urbanization and sustainability.
We have built our strategy around four pillars: cost leadership, an asset light approach, commercial transformation and sustainability. Cost leadership and an asset light approach together enable the business to grow returns through disciplined management and allocation of capital, whereas commercial transformation and sustainability will differentiate LafargeHolcim from competitors.