Products and Services

HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest building materials companies and operates on five continents. Our products are used for the construction of houses, infrastructure, and commercial and industrial facilities, thus meeting the demands of a growing world population for housing, mobility, and economic development. 
Product Range and Vertical Integration

HeidelbergCement offers a wide range of high quality products. Alongside classical building materials, we produce special building products for diverse applications. Our core activities include the production and distribution of cement and aggregates, the two essential raw materials for the manufacture of concrete.

Our product range is substantially ­complemented by downstream ready-mixed concrete and asphalt activities. Furthermore, HeidelbergCement offers services such as worldwide trading in cement and coal by sea.

This vertical integration strategy is one of our growth drivers. In future, we plan to further integrate our business activities in urban centres in particular.

Value chain.

Our core products cement and aggregates (sand, gravel, and crushed rock) are generally homogeneousbulk goods. Their product characteristics are standardised in order to ensure the required stability, reliability, and processability in the application.

Active in Around 60 Countries

Due to the heavy weight of cement and aggregates compared with their price, production is usually located in close proximity to the sales markets. The cement transportation radius by road normally does not exceed 200 km. The delivery radius for aggregates and ready-mixed concrete by road is less than 100 km. Consequently, we have local production sites in the around 60 countries in which we offer building materials.

We currently operate 143 cement plants (plus 17 as part of joint ventures), more than 600 quarries and aggregate pits, and well over 1,500 ready-mixed concrete production sites worldwide. In total, the Group employs 60,424 people at around 2,700 locations (of which over 600 come from Italcementi) on five continents. There are also 270 production sites belonging to joint ventures.

Vertical integration as a growth driver.

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