Ready-Mixed Concrete and Asphalt

Our ready-mixed concrete and asphalt activities are bundled in the ready-mixed concrete-asphalt business line. Our product portfolio varies from country to country.

Concrete/Ready-mixed concrete

Concrete is a mixture of aggregates (approx. 80%), cement (approx. 12%), and water. Depending on the desired application, the characteristics of the concrete can be changed through the use of certain additives.

Except for water, no other substance on the planet is used more than concrete. All major construction projects – whether for tunnels or bridges, office buildings or schools – use concrete in some form or another. Concrete is usually delivered to the building site by ready-mix trucks and is poured locally into forms. Moreover, concrete is also used for the production of precast concrete parts, such as stairs, ceiling elements, or structural components.

Development of sales volumes

In 2016, ready-mixed concrete sales volumes were up by 15.9% year-on-year to 42.5 million cubic metres (previous year: 36.7). This figure includes the sales volumes of our new markets in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, and North ­America. Excluding these markets and consolidation effects from the expansion of our ready-mixed concrete activities in Poland, ready-mixed concrete sales volumes slightly exceeded the level of the previous year. Development of the individual Group areas also varied greatly in this business line. The partly considerable declines in the North America and Asia-Pacific Group areas were offset by rising demand in Western and Southern Europe as well as in the Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia Group area. In Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin, sales volumes once again reached the level of the previous year.

Asphalt

Asphalt consists of a mixture of various sized aggregates, filler (rock dust), and bitumen (tar). It is used primarily in the building of traffic infrastructure – roads, walkways, and parking lots.

Development of sales volumes

In 2016, asphalt deliveries rose by 2.7% to 9.4 million tonnes (previous year: 9.1). No new markets were added to this operating line following the acquisition of Italcementi. Excluding Asia-Pacific, deliveries in the other Group areas rose in comparison with the previous year.

Financial Key Figures Ready-Mixed Concrete-Asphalt 2016
Ready-mixed concrete plants (+ JV)1,531 (+192)
Ready-mixed concrete sales volumes in million cbm42.5
Asphalt plants (+ JV)106 (+9)
Asphalt sales volumes in million tonnes9.4
Revenue in €m4,483
Result from current operations before depreciation and amortisation in €m136
Ready-Mixed Concrete Sales Volumes 2016 in Group Areas in mm3
Western and Southern Europe15.0
Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia6.2
North America6.3
Asia-Pacific11.0
Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin3.7
Asphalt Sales Volumes 2016 in Group Areas in mt
Western and Southern Europe3.0
North America4.0
Asia-Pacific1.8
Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin0.5