In 1985, emerging countries consumed 56% of the world's cement. That figure rose to 79% in 2005 and is expected to reach 87% by 2020!
The group is fully mobilized to ensure long-term growth in these markets.
Bringing recently acquired, obsolete plants up to date, complying with environmental standards, improving the skills of employees and effectively applying safety rules: these are just some of the challenges faced by a sustainable leader!
China is the world's leading market for cement and consumes more than 50% of global output. Lafarge is increasing its production capacity in China through acquisitions and the development of existing factories and cement plants.
This growth will depend on significant, sustained recruiting for managerial positions in units and factories and for technical and support jobs.
China now represents more than one fifth of the cement workforce! Most recruitment opportunities concern the Chinese as the group is working to establish firm roots in the country and keep pace with market expectations.
However, in this country, all foreign investors are looking for skilled people who are open-minded and able to speak English. Competition is fierce!