Other construction materials and services

Profile

Globally, concrete is the second most consumed commodity by volume after water. One cubic meter consists of approximately 300 kilograms of cement, 150 liters of water, and 2 tonnes of aggregates. Concrete is a very environmentally friendly, energy-efficient building material. Asphalt is a bituminous construction material used primarily for road paving. It consists mainly of aggregates of differing grain size. Holcim’s service offering also includes construction services and international trading.

Consolidated key figures for other construction materials and services in 2014

Ready-mix concrete plants

935

Asphalt plants

84

Sales of ready-mix concrete in million m3

37.0

Sales of asphalt in million t

10.0

Net sales in million CHF

6,548

Operating profit in million CHF

0

Personnel

16,825

Developments

Deliveries of ready-mix concrete were down 6.3 percent to 37.0 million cubic meters, as all Group regions reported lower volumes. In Latin America, where the decreases were more significant, strategic efforts to right-size ready-mix concrete operations had a strong effect on sales volumes. Asphalt volumes were up 12.4 percent to 10.0 million tonnes. Higher demand in the United States and the United Kingdom in particular supported this development.

Sales of ready-mix concrete in Million m3