Heidelberg Materials has been present in Italy since the second half of 2016, when it purchased the Italcementi Group. Italcementi is set up in 1864 in Scanzo (Bergamo) as Società Bergamasca per la Fabbricazione del Cemento e della Calce Idraulica. In 1927, when it has already been quoted at the Milan Stock Exchange for two years, it changes its company name into Italcementi Spa. After becoming the leading cement manufacturer in Italy, at the end of the eighties it begins implementing the first initiatives to internationalise the Group becoming one of the main global cement producers.
In 1997, Italcementi consolidates its verticalisation strategy with the acquisition of Calcestruzzi, thus becoming Italian leader in the ready-mixed concrete sector. In 2018, Italcementi acquires the Italian activities of Cementir in the cement and concrete businesses, enhancing its industrial and market leadership in the national building materials sector. Thanks to the takeover, Italcementi is now present on the Italian market also with the Italsacci and Cemitaly brands.
Starting from the year 2000, important revamping works have been implemented to make the Italian industrial network more efficient. Moreover, in 2012 i.lab, Italcementi’s new research and innovation center, was inaugurated. The center has been awarded by the European Commission with the “European Green Building Award 2010” as the best new building in Italy for energy efficiency. Designed and built to conform to LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, it achieved the Platinum certification, the highest standard in terms of energy and environment in the construction sector worldwide. Today, the i.lab building hosts the headquarters of Italcementi and the HeidelbergCement Group Product Innovation Center.