Holcim Group

Holcim was founded as ‘Aargauische Portlandcementfabrik Holderbank-Wildegg’ in 1912 in the Swiss village of Holderbank, Canton of Aargau. From an early stage, it became clear that the domestic market could offer only limited opportunities for expansion.

Holcim has since grown to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates. Its activities now include ready-mix concrete, concrete products, asphalt, and a range of related services. The Group operates in around 70 countries with more than 80,000 employees. It is more globally spread than any other building materials group, with a strong foothold in each market and generating stable earnings. In 2011 Holcim recorded sales of over 20 billion Swiss francs (MYR 65.7 billion).

The Group has placed sustainable development at the heart of its business strategy for many years, adopting the triple bottom line approach – economy,
society and environment – to create added value for all stakeholders. Holcim’s key objective is the creation of value. By taking a holistic approach, the company’s long-term success is secured. The basis for this is exceptional operational performance and a solid return on the capital invested.

The most important foundation, upon which everything rests, is a workforce that gives its best. Aiming to maintain a balanced portfolio, Holcim’s strategy is based on continuous growth in both developed economies and emerging, high-growth markets, where around three-quarters of operational capacity is based, accounting for almost half of the Group’s net sales.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index highlighted Holcim as ‘Leader of the Industry’ for four consecutive years (2005-08). Holcim was recognised as having the best sustainability  performance in the global building materials industry. Thanks to its marketoriented structures, product innovations, skilled employees, and efficient environmental management systems, Holcim is in a strong position to build on its heritage of success, now and in the years to come.