Lafarge and Solidia Technologies Work to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Pre-Cast Concrete Manufacturing

  Lafarge and Solidia Technologies Work to Reduce the Environmental Footprint
  of Pre-Cast Concrete Manufacturing

Business Wire

PARIS -- October 7, 2013

Lafarge has signed a partnership agreement with the US start-up Solidia
Technologies® to industrialize an innovative technology that could reduce the
environmental footprint of pre-cast concrete. The technology allows lower
CO[2] emissions in the cement production process, and involves the capture of
CO[2] in precast concrete manufacturing. Overall, CO[2] emissions could be
reduced by up to 70 percent.

As part of the agreement, Lafarge will work with Solidia to demonstrate
feasibility of commercial-scale production in the first half of 2014. The two
companies will collaborate to market this technology as a new solution for the
pre-cast sector.

This partnership illustrates Lafarge’s commitment to bring to the market
innovative solutions contributing to building better cities. Lafarge Research
Center, the world’s leading research facility in building materials, holds a
portfolio of more than 1,000 patents which has tripled since 2005. Lafarge has
been working for over 20 years to reduce its environmental footprint and in
particular, its CO[2] emissions. These have been reduced by nearly 25 percent
per ton of cement since 1990.


Solidia Technologies® is a cement and concrete technology company with
patented processes that make it easy and profitable to use CO[2] to create
superior and sustainable building, construction and industrial products. A
winner of the 2013 R&D Top 100 Award, Solidia’s processes cure concrete with
CO₂ instead of water and use a sustainable cement as binder, reducing the
carbon footprint of concrete products up to 70 percent, lowering production
costs, and enhancing performance. Solidia Concrete™ offers broader application
choices in durability, strength, material reduction, and casting—using the
same raw materials and equipment but less water, energy and time. Based in
Piscataway, New Jersey (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins
Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, and BP. Follow Solidia Technologies at and on LinkedIn and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64
countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player
in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the
construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions
providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable,
more beautiful, and better connected. With the world’s leading building
materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its
priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to
better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been
part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global
sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development
actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website:

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