Portfolio optimization continues with business divestment to five regional transport specialists
HEIDELBERG Materials have successfully completed the sale of their capital-intensive French cement transportation business Tratel to five regional transport specialists: Groupe Garnier in the North-West and Île-de-France region, e-b-trans in the South-East and South-West, Groupe DESERT in the West, and T2GL in the East of France.
Heidelberg Materials France will continue to manage order intake, chartering, and dispatch activities, ensuring a seamless customer experience and interface. All parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction, which includes more than 450 trucks and around 770 trailers.
The divestment of the French transport business will allow Heidelberg Materials France to focus more on key activities and is part of the company’s ongoing portfolio optimization strategy of focusing on core businesses in promising market positions.
Heidelberg Materials France are active in cement, aggregates, and concrete with around 300 production sites. The company is currently implementing an ambitious modernization programme across its main operations located in Airvault, Bussac-Forêt, Beaucaire, and Couvrot with the aim of substantially reducing their carbon footprint.
An additional investment of €65 million in the company’s Bussac-Forêt plant, announced last year, aims to accelerate innovative technologies with a focus on substituting cement clinker with calcined clay, thereby expanding Heidelberg Materials’ portfolio of low-carbon products.