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Cement maker Lafarge’s CEO Bruno Lafont.
Cement maker Lafarge’s CEO Bruno Lafont.
(JACQUES BRINON/AP)

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Cement makers struggle to find firmer ground

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Terrible weather blurred many a motorist’s vision in Europe and America last winter, and the chill seemed endless. It did not do much to aid visibility in the cement and building materials sector, either. This week, a clutch of global companies – HeidelbergCement, Holcim and Lafarge – released their earnings for the first quarter of 2013. Most disappointed.