R&D at a glance


Lafarge dedicates more than 115 million euros per year to research, product development and industrial performance and process improvement. This investment is significantly higher than that of other players in the sector. The Group's Research Center is the world's leading research facility in building materials.

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.
  • Skills in cutting-edge fields such as:
  • hydration chemistry,
  • organic chemistry,
  • physics,
  • rheology,
  • micro-mechanics.
  • The latest analytical tools, including nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopy, micro-indentation, etc.
  • A portfolio of over 1,000 patents, which has more than doubled since 2005.

Total number of patent applications for Cement and Aggregates & Concrete businesses