Germany: HeidelbergCement has continued to benefit from its acquisition of Italy’s Italcementi. Its sales revenue rose by 2.1% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis to Euro17.3bn in 2017 from Euro17.1m in 2016. Its cement sales volumes increased by 1.1% to 126Mt from 124Mt.
“The challenges were numerous: energy cost inflation, increased competition in emerging markets, especially in Indonesia, uncertainties following the Brexit decision and bad weather, especially in the USA,” said Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. “Nevertheless, we were able to increase our result from current operations as guided. The consistent focus on efficiency and margin improvement and the successful integration of Italcementi that led to higher than expected synergies contributed to this success. Overall, 2017 was a record year for sales volumes, revenue and result from current operations.”
The group reported increasing cement deliveries in all areas except Africa-Eastern Mediterranean in its preliminary results. In this region cement sales volumes fell by 0.6% to 19Mt from 19.1Mt due to a poor market in Egypt. Otherwise it described its market development in the region as ‘varied.’