Positive development in the United States drives volume growth

At Holcim US, cement volumes increased markedly over the course of the year, fueled by the overall recovery in cement consumption and some market share gain. The Group company also benefited from a new supply contract in Illinois. The Northern Central region recorded particularly high demand, and July was a very strong month for the Group company, with the highest monthly sales since 2008.

Aggregate Industries US also benefited from the dynamic US economy and reported growth in aggregates volumes across most of its regions. Increases were strongest in the West Central and the Twin Cities areas. Ready-mix concrete volumes were impacted by the sale of certain operations. Twin Cities and Lattimore reported higher deliveries, which were tempered by reductions in other regions. Robust increases in asphalt volumes were driven by increased construction activity in major regions, assisted by several large paving projects.

In a highly competitive market environment, Holcim Canada sold more cement thanks to higher demand in Western Canada which was partially offset by lower volumes in the Quebec and Atlantic regions. Shipments of aggregates increased markedly, mainly attributable to higher crushed stone demand in Ontario. Holcim Canada also sold more ready-mix concrete and asphalt.

Consolidated cement volumes in the Group region North America were up 11.4 percent to 13.0 million tonnes year-on-year mainly thanks to Holcim US. Aggregates shipments reached 45.7 million tonnes, an increase of 6.8 percent, as both the United States and Canada reported higher volumes. Ready-mix concrete volumes decreased 4.1 percent to 7.2 million cubic meters and asphalt volumes increased 9.9 percent to 4.5 million tonnes. Net sales in North America were up 5.2 percent to CHF 3.34 billion.