Jul 25, 2012
Lafarge SA challenged by rising costs, cheap imports, says CEOBack
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Another challenge for Lafarge SA was that it would have to carry its share of an €1.3-billion cost-saving programme announced by its parent company for the 2012 to 2015 period.
Legrand did not want to commit to a number on how this would affect the company, saying only Lafarge SA was expected to contribute “at the level of its size”, noting that it added about 3% to yearly group turnover.
Legrand said there were no retrenchments planned for the local group, even though there had been around 60 job losses at the Lichtenburg plant in 2010, with 10% of this voluntary.
He believed the group could rather cut costs through improving efficiencies. Lafarge SA could, for example, use alternative fuels at its plants to achieve energy efficiency. It was also possible to rather use more electricity during cheaper, off-peak periods.
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