26 May 2016
European Commission provides clearance for proposed acquisition of Italcementi
Today, HeidelbergCement has received clearance from the European Commission for the acquisition of Italcementi. The proposed divestment of operations in Belgium, primarily consisting of Italcementi’s Belgian subsidiary Compagnie des Ciments Belges S.A. (CCB), which addresses the competition concerns in Europe, was accepted by the European Commission. The decision of the US regulator FTC is still pending.
“We are very pleased with the positive decision of the European Commission”, says Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “This decision is an important milestone on our way to the full acquisition of Italcementi.”
The divestment process for the assets in Belgium has already started and significant interest in the fully vertically integrated market positions in Belgium has already been recorded. The divestment process will be carried out in the framework of the relevant social processes and ongoing dialogue with the employee representatives’ bodies.
HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials with leading market positions in aggregates, cement, and ready-mixed concrete as well as other downstream activities. The company employs some 45,000 people at 2,300 locations in more than 40 countries.