On 01 July of 2016, two companies that complement one another almost perfectly were brought together, when the former Italcementi Group became part of HeidelbergCement. Through the integration of Italcementi, HeidelbergCement has gained strong positions in the markets of North America, Southern Europe, North Africa and Asia, and now operates in around 60 countries worldwide. By coming together, we have further solidified our status as a leading global producer of building materials. In our core aggregates, cement and ready-mixed concrete business lines, we rank no. 1, 2 and 3 globally.
The merger brings with it great potential for further profitable growth. And, in order to realise this potential, the two companies must unite to form a strong team. This is why, immediately following announcement of the upcoming acquisition in the second half of 2015, the project “Grow Together” was launched, to ensure rapid integration and identification of Best Practices on both sides. As with any integration, there are naturally cultural differences between the two companies. But, we view this as an opportunity to learn from one another and assert our particular strengths to create a mutual company culture in the spirit of fairness, openness and respect. Together, we are in an outstanding position to generate value for our shareholders and sustain our growth as a company.