Group investing €100 million in significant modernization of Martres-Tolosane cement plant
ONE year after LafargeHolcim announced a €300 million investment plan in France, this month (July 2017) will see the Group commit €100 million to a significant modernization of the Martres-Tolosane plant in the south west of the country.
Specifically, this largest investment made by the Group in France in 40 years will see the establishment of a new kiln for clinker, helping to increase the plant’s productivity and reduce its environmental impact.
Ultimately, the modernization will allow for the recycling and recovery of waste, helping the Martres-Tolosane plant to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 footprint through the use of alternative fuels.
‘This investment reaffirms not only our confidence in the competitive energy and longevity of French industry, but also our commitment to an environmentally conscious method of production, using circular economy strategy to make best use of our resources,’ commented Bénédicte de Bonnechose, chief executive officer of Lafarge France.
The work is scheduled to begin in the third trimester of 2018 and is due to be completed in mid-2020, with the hope that by this point the plant will be running on 80% alternative fuels, in line with the LafargeHolcim Group’s 2030 Plan sustainability strategy.