Lafarge Africa Seeks SON Approval for Roadcem

Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, July 22, 2023 -Leading innovative and sustainable building solutions company, Lafarge Africa Plc, has initiated the process for regulatory approval of brand name, Roadcem by Standards Orgnaisation of Nigeria (SON) under the MANCAP certification scheme.

Classic brand of CEM II BL 32.5R grade of cement is certified by SON under the MANCAP scheme. Roadcem brand is the same grade of cement as Classic brand however, it is sold to two different sets of customers under these two different brand names.  Roadcem, as a brand name, is sold to road construction companies in bulk as a soil stabilizer for road construction, while classic as a brand name is sold in bags to the general public.

Speaking on this development, Lolu Alade- Akinyemi, Group Managing Director/CEO of Lafarge Africa commended SON for the valuable role it plays in enforcing internationally acceptable standards of product quality in Nigeria. He noted that the vigilance and professionalism of SON constitutes an immeasurable contribution to the Nigerian economy as it fosters consumer confidence in a wide variety of consumer and industrial goods.

He noted that as part of the building solutions giant, Holcim, which has operations in over 70 countries, strict compliance to international and local regulations is highly valued by all Lafarge Africa executives and employees. He commented that Lafarge is very appreciative and proud of the cordial and productive relations it has enjoyed with SON over the years.

According to Alade- Akinyemi: “This is a key moment in Lafarge’s journey in innovation and leadership in the Nigerian built and construction industry and brings us a step closer to making available a quality

product that can help improve road construction in the country.”

“We are continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation in order to shape the future of construction in a way that builds progress for people and the planet. It, therefore, gives us great pride to produce an important material that gives excellent value to the industry,” he added.

“At Lafarge we believe that the key to successfully build a world-class sustainable road network will require the adoption of innovation (innovative ways of working), as best practice now dictates the use of specialist binders in the soil stabilization process.” He said.

Lafarge RoadCem has been designed and developed with the intent to stabilize and improve the physical and mechanical properties of soil in road construction. It offers road project contractors a choice of reliable, quality performance product, which provide the optimum solution to their soil stabilization requirements.


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About Lafarge Africa Plc

Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading Sub-Saharan Africa building solutions company is a member of Holcim Limited, a world leader in building solutions accelerating our world’s green transformation. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Lafarge Africa is actively participating in the urbanization and economic growth of Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa.       

Lafarge Africa has the widest footprint in Nigeria with cement operations in the South West (Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State), North East (Ashaka, in Gombe State), South East (Mfamosing, Cross Rivers State) with Ready-Mix operations in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Lafarge Africa has a current installed cement production capacity of 10.5Mtpa.

Lafarge Africa leverages on its innovative expertise to provide value-added products and services solutions in the building and construction industry in Nigeria. Additional information is available on the website at

About Holcim

Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

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Ginikanwa Frank-Durugbor

Head, Corporate Communications