LafargeHolcim is the global leader in building materials and solutions. Headquartered in Switzerland, LafargeHolcim operates four businesses segments: Cement, Aggregates, Ready Mix Concrete and Solutions & Products, and holds leading positions in all regions of the globe, with around 75,000 employees in around 80 countries. The geographic diversity reflects its global and well-balanced footprint, which aims to provide its customers with the best service and operational expertise locally. LafargeHolcim experts solve the challenges that customers face around the world, whether they are building individual homes or major infrastructure projects.
LafargeHolcim in India
LafargeHolcim operates in India through ACC Limited and Ambuja Cements Limited. Both companies have well-known brands marketed through their network of ~1,00,000 dealers and retailers. The Group has a nationwide foot-print across India and more than 60 million tonnes of cement capacity. It operates 29 cement plants and more than 75 Ready Mix Concrete plants. LafargeHolcim is one of the largest foreign investors in India’s building material industry and since entering the Indian market has spent more than CHF 8 billion to build up its equity participation as well as maintain and expand plant capacities.
ACC Limited is one of India’s leading manufacturers of cement and Ready Mix Concrete with 17 cement factories, 75 Ready Mix Concrete plants, over 6,700 employees, a vast distribution network of over 50,000 dealers & retailers and a countrywide spread of sales offices. ACC’s rich legacy of ethical governance, strong sense of values and business practices have earned it the trust and goodwill of its investors and stakeholders.
The company has been a trendsetter and set benchmarks in cement and concrete technology since it was established in 1936. The name ACC is synonymous with cement and enjoys a high level of equity in the Indian market.
ACC’s new brand architecture comprising the Gold range and the Silver range of differentiated products assure superior quality for general construction as well as specialised applications and environments. Our differentiated offerings are the result of our deep understanding of every consumer segment and tailoring our value propositions to their needs. ACC creates deep-rooted engagements with end-use customers, and our digital initiatives to drive commercial excellence are shaping the future. From the Bhakra Nangal Dam in 1960 to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, ACC has helped build numerous iconic landmarks across the country. ACC’s Ready Mix Concrete product range provides one-stop solutions from basic requirements to higher grades of concrete to build the country’s tallest structures.
Sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy and ACC’s Sustainable Development 2030 plan encompasses Climate, Circular Economy, Water & Nature and People & Communities.
ACC was among the first Indian companies to include commitment to environmental protection as one of its corporate objectives. The company continuously explores ways to make its business more planet-friendly and this concern is integrated into all activities of the value chain, from mining to sales, resulting in one of the lowest carbon footprints in its class.
ACC had installed sophisticated pollution control equipment as far back as 1966, long before pollution control laws came into existence. ACC plants, mines and townships visibly demonstrate successful endeavours in quarry rehabilitation, water management techniques and ‘greening’ activities. The company actively promotes the use of alternative fuels and resources and offers effective solutions for waste management including testing and co-processing.
With purposeful steps in knowledge building, the company has two institutes that offer technical courses for engineering graduates and diploma holders which are relevant to manufacturing sectors such as cement, primarily to benefit youth from backward areas.
ACC’s earliest initiatives in community development date back to the 1940’s – long before the term corporate social responsibility was even coined. Its commitment to sustainable development and robust community welfare programmes have won it acclaim as a responsible corporate citizen. The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Development has cited ACC as a role model in conducting business sustainably, felicitating it with India’s most coveted honours including the CII-ITC Sustainability Award for several years. ACC was the very first recipient of India’s first ever CSR award instituted by ASSOCHAM in 1976 which was the ASSOCHAM National Award for outstanding performance in promoting rural and agricultural development activities. Today, we have one of the country’s leading CSR engagements. The company has a team of CSR specialists based at our corporate office and factories who serve the neighbouring community that comprises the weaker sections of rural and tribal India providing them access to basic amenities, health, education and livelihoods.