Tradition with a Modern Face
Cement silos cast long shadows across a dirt road, where large trucks drive to and fro, kicking up plumes of dust. This is the first phase of a construction project. Whether for a new office building or airport, HeidelbergCement is already on-site, laying the foundation for the next phase of the project. When construction projects are large and cement is needed in great quantities, we often build a new production facility on-site, directly next to the construction project. This practice is particularly common in Eastern Europe and Asia, where HeidelbergCement has experienced rapid growth in recent years.
Founded more than 140 years ago and headquartered in Southern Germany for nearly a century, HeidelbergCement began to expand internationally some 30 years ago by purchasing firms in North America and Western Europe. Growth has been particularly rapid since the late 1980s, when political changes in Eastern Europe opened up new opportunities for expansion. Our largest and most advanced cement factory is located in Poland – a testament to our increasingly global orientation. Indeed, developing markets are a major focus of our activities; many of our newer projects are located in Asia. Today, HeidelbergCement is a multinational corporate group with some 60,000 employees at 3,000 sites in around 60 countries.
Our product range has grown consistently in past decades. While cement was the major focus of our activities in the beginning, today we predominantly sell concrete (which contains some cement but is mostly composed of additives such as sand and gravel). We also provide a range of additional products, such as ready-mixed concrete, concrete pipes, precast concrete parts, and asphalt, as well as consulting services.
Customer satisfaction has always been a focal point of our activities. For clearly, our success depends on the success of our customers. We employ state-of-the-art technology and advanced production processes in order to ensure uncompromised product quality. Furthermore, we are continually working to develop new products and solutions so that we can better serve our customers.