Innovation & Construction


"As one of the oldest building materials in the world, Cement - a hydraulic binder and a key ingredient in concrete and mortar- came into widespread use during the Industrial Revolution. Get first-hand insight into the history and innovations that have transformed this material into a high-tech product."

Research Center

The Lafarge Research Center (LCR) gathers 250 researchers. "It brings together, on a single site, all of the scientific experts who are needed to master materials: chemists, physicists, powder specialists, rheologists, etc.", as Gilles Chanvillard, Materials & Modeling Scientific Director explains.


Research figures

Research figures

- A budget of more than 115 million euros.

- An international network of over 1,000 employeesat the Group's Research Center, technical centers and development laboratories.

- The Research center, near Lyon (France): a skills hothouse with 240 experts of over a dozen nationalities and 15,000 square meters of laboratories.

Energy efficiency

For Lafarge, improving energy efficiency is a twofold issue:

• reducing the energy consumed during the manufacturing of its products;
• developing products and solutions which can improve the energy efficiency of buildings over their entire lifecycle.