Germany: Holcim has received unconditional clearance by the European Commission (EC) for its proposed acquisition of Cemex West in Germany. The decision follows a detailed Phase II review by the EC. Closing of the transactions is expected for the second half of 2014.
The acquisition in Germany is part of Holcim's strategic portfolio optimisation in Europe that includes a series of transactions together with Cemex, which is separate from the intention to merge with Lafarge.
Holcim said that the decision marks a further milestone towards the optimisation of its strategic portfolio in Europe, which was announced in 2013. It will allow Holcim to create value through an optimised footprint in north-western Germany. It will also allow it to further improve the service and support of existing and new customers.
The transaction includes one cement plant and two grinding stations with a total cement production capacity of 2.5Mt/yr, one slag granulator, 22 aggregates locations and 79 ready-mix concrete plants. They would be combined with Holcim's existing Northern German operations.