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Lafarge in Negotiations on Karbala Cement Plant

By John Lee. A meeting of the Iraqi cabinet on Tuesday authorised the Minister of Industry and Minerals to negotiate with the French company Lafarge concerning investment in the Karbala cement plant (pictured). The Minister will put the results of the negotiation to the Prime Minister for approval. (Source: Office of the Prime Minister)

Lafarge Iraq Cement Sales Rebound

By John Lee. French cement maker Lafarge has written down 385 million euros of assets, mostly in Syria and Iraq. Volume sales were hit by the limited ability to transport cement in Iraq in the second half of the year. Bloomberg, however, quotes Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont (pictured) as saying that cement sales in […]

Lafarge Launches New Cement for Iraq

Lafarge Iraq has launched a new version of Karasta, its multipurpose cement, tailor-made for the Iraqi climate. In order to meet customer expectations and needs the formula of Karasta was revised to improve its workability, decrease cracking and improved setting time as well as better adhesion. Karasta’s new formula meets the Iraq specification 3868 and […]

BASF, Lafarge in Iraq Chemicals JV

By John Lee. Germany's BASF, one of the world’s leading producers of construction chemicals, has joined with French cement and concrete materials leader Lafarge to set up a new plant to make chemicals for the construction industry in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a report from TradeArabia. Dick Purchase (pictured), head of BASF Construction Chemicals division […]

Lucky Cement Starts Production in Iraq

By John Lee. Pakistan's Lucky Cement has started production in Iraq from February of this year, in a 50/50 joint venture with the Al-Shawy family. The company's CEO, Muhammad Ali Tabba (pictured), told Dawn that a total of $40 million has been invested in the grinding mill in Basra, which has a capacity of 3,000 […]

Mondi Opens Industrial Bags Plant

By John Lee. Mondi has recently started full production at its new industrial bags plant in Sulaimaniyah. Together with local partner, Kaso Group, this greenfield project is set to strengthen Mondi’s industrial bags business in the expanding Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The plant specialises in valve bags for the cement and building […]

Lafarge to Triple Cement Production at Karbala

Lafarge plans to triple cement production over the next two to three years at its plant in Karbala, according to Bloomberg. Eric le Blan, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge's partner MerchantBridge, told the agency that production at Karbala would increase from 576,000 tons of cement per year to at least 1.8 million tons by 2013 […]

Lafarge Continues to Increase Capacity in Iraq

Lafarge, the world’s biggest cement maker, plans to increase its annual capacity in Iraq by 2 million tons by 2013 as the country rebuilds homes and infrastructure destroyed by war, according to a report from Bloomberg. Lafarge currently has capacity of 6 million tons a year across three plants and is producing 4 million tons, […]

Iraq to Spend $680m Restoring War-Battered Factories

Iraq plans to spend around $680 million in 2011 to renovate its dilapidated factories and start new projects, a senior Industry and Minerals Ministry official told Reuters on Monday. Haifa Hamid, head of the investment department in the ministry, said the economic reform plan was focused mainly on renovating existing factories or establishing new ones […]