Lafarge has signed an agreement to acquire the plasterboard businesses of Gyproc in Germany, Poland and Central Europe from the British building materials company BPB. This transaction amounts to €53 million in cash on a debt-free basis. Gyproc generates annual sales of €48 million and employs a total of 260 people in these countries.
This acquisition will position Lafarge as a strong player in Germany and reinforce its front-ranking position in Poland. With the integration of Gyproc's two German plants (Peitz and Steinsfeld), Lafarge Gypsum will double its position on the plasterboard market in Germany and will generate synergies. It will also strengthen the range of products and services available to customers.
The conclusion of this agreement is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.
Lafarge Gypsum, the Gypsum Division of the Lafarge Group, runs more than 75 production facilities in 23 different countries and employs a total of 6,000 people. World leader in building materials, Lafarge has 83,000 employees in 75 countries. Lafarge holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions : Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. In 2001, the Group recorded sales of €13,7 billion.
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