Heidelberg Materials' history in Africa began in the mid-1960s. These initial operations by the company Scancem International were soon expanded into the sub-Saharan region. In 1999 Scancem International became part of Heidelberg Materials. Today, Heidelberg Materials is one of the leading cement companies in West Africa. Our network of companies in sub-Saharan Africa currently comprises 17 production facilities in 10 countries. We are an important contributor to the economic development of these countries.
Demand for building materials in the countries south of the Sahara saw largely positive development in 2021. The market environment was characterised by robust local economic development with a young and rapidly growing population, as well as increasing immigration to cities and urban areas.
A key indicator is the rising per capita consumption of cement, which is still significantly lower in the sub-Saharan countries than in more developed or industrialised countries. Our production sites, which are primarily located close to urban centers, are well positioned to serve the growing demand for building materials.