LafargeHolcim is the leading global construction materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. With a presence in 80 countries, the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions to meet their customers’ needs, and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the assets necessary to address today's global challenges.DOWNLOAD SUCCESS STORY
In 2014, Holcim and Lafarge, two independent companies in the building materials industry, announced a merger. With a combined market value exceeding $50 billion, their merger was the second largest announced in 2014 worldwide. Since a merger of this scale would raise regulatory concerns, Holcim decided to divest part of its business, accounting for 10 to 15% of the company’s EBITDA.
For this complex and large-scale divestiture project, Holcim contacted EPI-USE Labs. In the course of only three months and one week, Holcim and EPI-USE Labs successfully divested the Canadian business, along with selected US terminals and a US plant into a completely isolated environment. This was achieved with no production system downtime, by leveraging Holcim’s Disaster Recovery infrastructure.
Despite significant changes during the project, EPI-USE Labs easily re-configured its products to adjust to the new requirements. Close collaboration between EPI-USE Labs and Holcim’s functional specialists ensured that the requirements were feasible and modelled correctly.
By successfully achieving the divestment deadline, Holcim could proceed with the merger with Lafarge.
The EPI-USE Labs team worked closely with our Project team to understand the requirements, propose options, offer guidance and highlight the risks. All parties understood it was a very aggressive timeline and we mitigated the risk by having multiple on-site workshops to ensure a common understanding of all key decisions. I was certainly in daily communication as we navigated through the critical phases.
Kathy McLeod, LafargeHolcim’s Head of Applications and Design
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