Zurich and Paris — On July 15, LafargeHolcim officially launched the new group around the world and announced key elements of its ambitions for the future. Following successful completion of the merger between Lafarge and Holcim and the listing of the new LafargeHolcim shares in Zurich and Paris, the new group said it will now work toward creating the highest performing company in the building materials industry.

LafargeHolcim CEO Eric Olsen said, “Now as LafargeHolcim, we will step into the next phase of our transformation to become the leader in every respect – a company that has a positive impact on the world and can make a real difference for its customers, its employees, its shareholders and society.”

The company said it is initiating a strategic transformation by building on the best of both Lafarge and Holcim. The group will now focus on five areas in the first integration phase:

  • Synergies: delivering on EUR 1.4 billion synergy target within three years
  • Capital allocation: rigorous approach to capital allocation and overall reduction of capital spending
  • Commercial transformation: creating differentiation through innovative products and solutions
  • Integration: creating one new group and culture
  • Health and Safety: putting Health and Safety at the center of the organization.

LafargeHolcim will be organized along a new operating model oriented to serve the local customers, while leveraging the group’s size, footprint, and capabilities at global scale. It combines empowered countries, regional management platforms and expertise-driven group functions.