Science and materials: A perpetual driver

Scientific research enables Lafarge to understand the properties of its products in order to improve their performance and develop even greater innovations.


In Zambia Lafarge responds to the needs of the market whilst offering solutions which conform to the Zambian Bureau of Standards (ZABS) ZSEN 197-1 standard. One of these is PowerPlus, a CEM I 42.5N cement specifically aimed at the contractor and pre-cast market. This product offers good early strength and improved workability with a fast setting time.


Environmentally friendly building materials

Lafarge also uses scientific research and experimentation to find ways of using fewer natural resources. Lafarge's goals in researching more environmentally friendly products are twofold:

  • In the production process, to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and conserve natural resources - e.g. by increasing the proportion of recycled raw materials used.
  • To develop products for sustainable construction - e.g. enhancing the properties of materials, such as concrete, that retain and distribute heat in cold climates and keep interiors cool in warm climates.


Morphology of gypsum crystals in a gypsum board

Morphology of gypsum crystals in a gypsum board