Lafarge Egypt, a member of LafargeHolcim. With its plant located in Sokhna, the company provides products and solutions that are essential in creating the structures that shape our landscape today. Powered by more than 2,000 employees, Lafarge Egypt is committed to providing sustainable building materials to meet the needs of its customers, whether it be individual home builders, large construction companies, architects or local artisans.
Lafarge Egypt holds 14% of the cement industry market share in Egypt, as it produces about 7 million tons of cement per year with the possibility of reaching a productivity of 10 million tons per year. Lafarge Egypt is playing a key role in building Egypt’s new capital, with a total contract value of around CHF 50 million.
Among the buildings using Lafarge Egypt’s innovative, high-performance materials is the so-called Iconic Tower, which is set to become the highest tower in Africa with a height of 385 meters when completed by the end of 2021. Lafarge Egypt is also engaged in several mega projects in Egypt that support the country’s growth agenda, including two new metro lines in Cairo, the new Suez Canal tunnels and several port extensions.
Within Lafarge Egypt’s focus on customer centricity, we always intend to be at the Egypt’s cement industry forefront of leading technologies and driving innovation as well as coping with the digital transformation era by shaping our solutions and services to be smarter.
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CEO Lafarge Egypt
Swiss national born in 1972, Solomon Baumgartner is the Country CEO of Lafarge Egypt. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Management from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and a BSc (hon) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Science Rapperswil, Switzerland. Solomon began his career at Holcim Vietnam in 1998 as a Commissioning Engineer. During his 21-year career with the company, Solomon has held roles of increasing responsibility; these have included Plant Manager, General Manager, Technical Director and SVP of Operations.
In February 2018, Solomon was appointed Global Head of Cement Manufacturing and Project Management and as of October 2019 he also assumed the role of CEO Holcim Technology and Services before taking over his current role in February 2020. Solomon has lived and worked in Brazil, La Reunion Island, Madagascar, the U.S.A., Vietnam and Switzerland. He is fluent in six languages.