Italcementi, the history and future of cement in Italy
Italcementi’s story is the story of the Italian cement industry. Founded over 150 years ago in Bergamo, with the first cement being ground by water mill in 1864, Italcementi has since then been at the forefront of the industry thanks to successful process and product innovation. The company played a key role in the development of the country by helping build important infrastructures, such as the highway Autostrada del Sole, and worked with great engineers and architects on several important works including: Palazzo Pirelli, designed by Giò Ponti and Pierluigi Nervi and built in Milan in 1956; the Pope’s audience room in Rome, also known as Sala Nervi; more recently, the Maxxi Museum designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome, and Palazzo Italia at the 2015 Milan Expo. In January 2018, Italcementi acquired all the Italian activities of Cementir Holding, namely Cementir Italia, CementiSacci and Betontir, thus establishing its industrial leadership on the Italian market.
Products, solutions and applications for a better quality of life
Italcementi produces and sells cement, as well as – through its subsidiary Calcestruzzi – pre-cast concrete and aggregates. The category of traditional cement includes products with specific features and of different building types: from large-scale projects, to everyday applications. Besides traditional cements, Italcementi offers a range of products designed to meet the increasing market demand for environmentally sustainable solutions and applications.
A strategic commitment to Sustainability and Safety
As a member of WBCSD, Italcementi endorsed the Agenda for Action of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, the first formal initiative involving some of the world’s biggest cement companies. Italcementi is also a founding member of Green Building Council Italy. Protecting the health and safety of workers is a major objective for Italcementi, and a commitment that since 2000 has brought about significant improvement: the accident frequency rate on site has decreased by 80% and all production plants have obtained the environmental certificate ISO 14001.
On an international scale
, Italcementi is part of the HeidelbergCement Group, the world’s 1st producer of aggregates, 2nd producer of cement and 3rd producer of concrete, with 60,000 employees and over 3,000 production plants across 60 countries and 5 continents.