India: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will soon decide on the proposed merger of Lafarge and Holcim, according to CCI chairman Ashok Chawla on 19 January 2015. "The final order on the case should be out within a month," said Chawla.
The CCI is examining the merger as it raises competition concerns. In a joint filing to CCI, Lafarge and Holcim had said that they would continue to face aggressive competition from Indian cement makers such as UltraTech, Shree Cement and Jaypee at a pan-India level.
The total installed capacity of cement in India is about 350 Mt. Domestic consumption, which stood at 242Mt in 2011 - 2012, was expected to increase to 265Mt in 2012 - 2013.