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Lafarge in Nigeria

Making urbanization a success is one of the challenges of this century and at Lafarge, our ambition is to contribute to Building Better Cities in Nigeria. As a world leader in building materials, Lafarge supports the metamorphosis of cities with innovative solutions that provide cities with more housing, making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and better connected.    


Lafarge enjoys doing business in Nigeria and will continually invest in the Nigerian eonomy whilst building on its values to make the best cement and concrete solutions available in all parts of the country - not just the best cement and concrete solutions, but its building expertise as well.


Lafarge's entry into Nigeria started with the construction of Benue Cement Plant in 1972 followed by a joint venture agreement with Blue Circle Industries in 1999 with the incorporation of Atlas Cement Company Nigeria Limited. Upon the acquisition of Blue Circle in 2001, Lafarge took over the operations of West African Portland Cement (WAPCO) and renaming it Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc. Since then, Lafarge has made significant investments in various operations in Nigeria including AshakaCem in the North and UNICEM in the South-South all of which was consolidated into one singular entity - Lafarge Africa Plc.


Lafarge Africa Plc came into existence by means of a resolution of the board and shareholders of Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc on July 9, 2014. Today, combining our operations in Nigeria - 4.5MT in Operations (with two plants in Ogun State), 1MT in Ashaka Cement Plc (Gombe State), 2.5MT in United Cement Company of Nigeria Limited (Cross Rivers State) and 0.5MT in Atlas Cement Company Limited (Rivers State) - with operations in South Africa 3.6MMT, Lafarge Africa Plc has a current installed cement capacity of 12Mt, which is expected to grow to 17.5Mt by 2017. This is in addition to strong market leading positions in aggregates, ready mix concrete and fly ash. 


Our vision is to be the most trusted and preferred partner of African construction professionals and home builders by delivering cement, concrete and other building solutions that are best in quality, environmentally sustainable and nationwide available at affordable cost.


We are known for putting values at the forefront of the way we do business. The following principles are the hallmark of our business operation: Health and Safety, People Development, Corporate Governance, Customer Care/Market Orientation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Performance, Value Creation, Respect for Employees and Local Culture, Environmental Protection, Conservation of Natural Resources and Energy.


Lafarge in Nigeria is growing in a sustainable way and building on strong values. We put these values at the forefront of the way we do business: health and safety, environmental protection, corporate governance (Ethics) and social responsibility (in the areas of education, health, youth empowerment, and shelter). We develop a highly competent workforce to operate our plants and businesses, through intensive training and exchange programmes.


More importantly, we endeavour to create more value for our customers, providing them with the highest quality products and solutions. In Nigeria, our well-known brands - Ashaka Portland Limestone Cement, Atlas Classic Cement, Elephant Cement, Oilwell Cement, Powermax Cement, Readymix, Roadcem and Supaset Cement - all stand for quality, consistency and long term strength. 


For many years, Lafarge has been committed to a deliberate strategy of sustainable development that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. The company is committed to progress and attentive to the ever-changing needs of local communities, contributing to the improvement of their quality of lives by setting up local development programs in the key areas of healthcare, shelter, education and youth empowerment.

Building solutions

Lafarge works with all actors in the building industry of Nigeria, from do-it-yourself builders to large construction companies, architects and local artisans. Whether supplying high-quality cement to a craftsman or helping leading architects explore and deliver creative possibilities, Lafarge Nigeria is committed to providing solutions that fit the needs of all its clients.


Lafarge Nigeria clients benefit from the technical expertise and product innovation that are the hallmark of Lafarge, an international leader in building materials with a global presence and over 182 years of experience. In Nigeria, Lafarge offers a range of innovative and high-performance products.

Lafarge Africa Plc's Operations in Nigeria

AshakaCem Plc

Based in Gombe State, Ashaka Cement started operations in September 1979 in compliance with the Federal Government's Second National Development Plan. With a production capacity of 1 MT and a management team led by Mr. Leonard Palka, Ashaka Cement is a business unit in Nigeria with Lafarge owning the major equity shares. AshakaCem is currently undergoing an expansion project towards doubling its prodcution capacity.

Atlas Cement Company Limited

Atlas Cement Company Limited is a cement import-terminal based in Onne, Rivers State. It produced its first bags of cement on 31st October 2000, and thereafter went into full commercial production in February 2001, and since then it has been serving the South-South and South East markets of Nigeria. With a production capacity of 0.5MT, Atlas is fully owned by Lafarge and under the management of Mr. Sefunmi Adewumi.

Lafarge ReadyMix Nigeria

Lafarge Readymix a the concrete operations arm of Lafarge Africa Plc. A market leader in quality concrete solutions, the company began operations in September 2011 and, being a member of the Lafarge Group, leverges on the expertise of the Group to bring innovative values to our local customers. Led by Mr. Loren Zanin, Lafarge Readymix has 6 plants across the country with significant growth plans for the immediate future.


United Cement Company of Nigeria (UNICEM)

Based in Calabar, Cross River State, UNICEM is jointly owned by Lafarge with 36% equity shares and the remaining shares held by Flour Mills and Holcim. UNICEM has a production capacity of 2.5MT and a management team led by Mr. Olivier Lenoir.

WAPCO Operations

Based in the South West of Nigeria, WAPCO Operations is the operational business of Lafarge Africa Plc and is driving excellence in Nigeria's building industry, placing innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity. Led by Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, the entity has a cement production capacity of 4.5MT.


Last update on 21/04/2015

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