In response to questions raised about the release of the interim report of the investigative inquiry led by Jean Berthier into the incident at Terminal 2E at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, the Lafarge Group confirms what it already declared at the time of the Annual General Meeting of its shareholders.
Béton de Paris, a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group, produced between July 2000 and June 2002 around 7,500m3 of EGA B40 concrete for a consortium of companies responsible for pre-casting the concrete shells for the vault of the Terminal 2E building at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. The concrete was delivered to a pre-casting plant belonging to the consortium within the confines of the airport and close to the construction itself.
The concrete supplied by Béton de Paris met AFNOR's XP P1805 French national standard and complied with Aéroports de Paris' Cahier des Clauses Techniques Particulières (special technical specifications). In addition to the controls carried out by Béton de Paris, additional laboratory checks were conducted by the maître d'oeuvre and maître d'ouvrage and by the consortium, which confirmed the conformity of the product delivered with the order specifications.
The consortium of companies responsible for pre-casting the concrete shells adapted the final preparation of the concrete on site and moulded it into the shells.
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 on ordinary activities of €1.9 billion in 2003.
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