The Lafarge Group's team at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world's largest mining investment conference, aims to highlight the Group's commitment to contribute to the success of regional and national mine infrastructure development programmes. Attending the event in Cape Town from 9-12 February 2015, Lafarge is to be represented by delegates from its local presence, Lafarge South Africa, and from Lafarge Zambia.
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64 000 people in 62 countries and operates the largest research centre in the world dedicated to building materials. With its industrial background, coupled with a proven technical capacity, Lafarge has the right resources to contribute to the success of large scale operations by offering innovative customised products and services for each and every type of mining site.
"Lafarge South Africa has a uniquely strong presence in all of its construction and mining related business lines of cement, aggregates, readymix, coal ash products and plasterboard," says Ken MacLean, Country CEO - Lafarge South Africa. "Our Group's brand baseline of ‘Building better cities' reflects its ambition to provide innovative products and solutions for building better, more compact cities with more housing; cities that are more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. This clear mission stems from the huge worldwide trend for urbanisation and is particularly relevant in Africa. We recognise the vital role that the mining industry plays to meet these needs by providing the resources, employment and powering the countries' economies."
Lafarge's involvement with the mining industry in southern Africa ranges from the Sishen iron ore mine extensions, the Karoo manganese mines, the Reef's gold mines and Limpopo's platinum mines, Mpumalanga's coal mines, diamond mines in South Africa and Botswana, and Zambia's copper mines. Lafarge is able to offer a wide-range of products covering the company's unique cements, aggregates, road stabilisation products, grouts, underground shotcrete, products for shaft sinking and shaft lining, as well as solutions for acid mine drainage, backfilling and land rehabilitation.
"At the Mining Indaba, we will be highlighting Lafarge's offerings for mine development, backfilling during mine operation, and the increasingly important area of tailings and land rehabilitation following mine closure," adds MacLean. "A major benefit of partnering with Lafarge is the Group's understanding of key African markets arising from its successful strategy of investing in emerging countries. In addition to being by far the largest cement producer on the African continent, this strategy has created a significant, knowledgeable presence in thirteen African countries."
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As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za
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