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European materials – top 200 producers

This listing of Europe“s leading materials producers is based on 1994 turnover. French firms maintain their strong positions with Saint-Gobain clearly ahead of the rest, while British operations are …

This listing of Europe“s leading materials producers is based on 1994 turnover. French firms maintain their strong positions with Saint-Gobain clearly ahead of the rest, while British operations are also well represented in the top rankings. Key A – Rank B – Last year“s position C – Company (* = subsidiary of company already listed) D – Country E – 1994 turnover (UK million) F – % increase in turnover 1993-94 G – % of turnover abroad H – 1994 profit (UK million) I – Number of employees n/a – not available n/s – not significant A B C D E F G H I 1 1 Saint-Gobain France 9,580 4 65 466 80,909 2 2 Alcatel Cable France 5,054 18 80 190 28,062 3 – Schneider Electric France 5,002 n/s 73 268 n/a 4 – Holderbank Switzerland 4,865 4 – 333 37,523 5 3 Lafarge France 4,223 8 64 286 33,233 6 4 RMC Group UK 4,165 18 – 318 n/a 7 6 Wolesley UK 3,261 31 – 205 n/a 8 8 Redland UK 2,780 12 – 171 n/a 9 16 Heidelberger Z. Germany 2,769 n/s 58 95 24,169 10 13 Akzo Coatings Netherlands 2,720 n/s – 206 n/a 11 5 Pilkington UK 2,668 6 – 139 n/a 12 7 Hanson UK 2,533 6 – 320 n/a 13 – Italmobiliare Italy 2,203 n/a – 5 n/a 14 9 Italcementi* Italy 2,040 -1 – -39 n/a 15 12 Readymix* Germany 1,787 9 – 23 9,747 16 10 Blue Circle UK 1,754 -2 – 108 n/a 17 11 Ciments Francais* France 1,708 -1 – -22 11,396 18 – Eternit Etex Belgium 1,510 n/a – 50 21,613 19 21 Knauf Germany 1,415 14 52 6,500 20 23 BTR UK 1,353 14 – 205 n/a 21 20 Legrand France 1,334 4 52 101 18,100 22 22 Meyer In UK 1,305 9 – 59 n/a 23 17 Williams UK 1,301 7 – 182 n/a 24 – Hilti Switzerland 1,195 n/a – 90 11,600 25 19 BPB UK 1,153 2 – 118 n/a 26 – CBR* Belgium 1,138 9 – 62 11,654 27 28 Rautaruukki Finland 1,131 9 69 98 9,068 28 24 Caradon UK 1,084 7 – 110 n/a 29 26 Glynwed UK 1,027 6 – 75 n/a 30 32 Rugby UK 1,013 34 – 77 n/a 31 31 Braas Germany 1,003 20 18 120 6,080 32 27 Strafor Facom France 972 4 57 8 11,489 33 38 Imetal France 966 19 61 71 7,492 34 35 Dyckerhoff Germany 963 24 22 45 5,044 35 29 StGobain Materiaux* France 944 8 – n/a 36 – ECC UK 879 15 – 61 n/a 37 34 Vaillant Germany 796 50 7,500 38 – Det Dansketraelast Denmark 790 15 28 24 3,143 39 36 Flachglas* Germany 783 1 34 27 9,009 40 30 Harrisons & Crosfield UK 774 3 – 33 n/a 41 83 Glaverbel Belgium 753 14 – -2 8,661 42 39 Vegla Vereinigte* Germany 752 – 4 8,200 43 40 Villeroy & Boch Germany 713 -3 44 27 11,820 44 46 Gerresheimer Glas Germany 709 21 45 -6 7,535 45 – Sika Finanz Switzerland 705 n/a – 30 6,743 46 41 Hepworth UK 697 6 – 78 n/a 47 – Lafarge Materiaux* France 697 3 – 5,073 48 – MBT Switzerland 671 n/a – 4,824 49 47 Bergerat Monnoyeur France 667 15 – 11 3,908 50 39 Wienerberger Baus Austria 664 -13 76 82 4,803 51 43 Marley UK 663 10 – 59 n/a 52 44 Cristaleria Espanola* Spain 647 7 15 20 6,428 53 45 Uralita Spain 624 15 23 -4 6,105 54 48 Lapeyre* France 607 7 4 46 3,579 55 56 Kann Rasmussen Ind. Denmark 595 17 – 114 4,155 56 55 Rockwool Int. Denmark 592 16 92 43 5,601 57 50 Vicat France 587 7 24 33 3,153 58 53 Case France France 585 13 52 -21 3,484 59 42 Calcestruzzi Italy 564 -6 – -40 n/a 60 52 Rheinisch Westfali* Germany 541 -1 36 50 3,804 61 68 Oy Uponor AB Finland 522 8 75 37 3,210 62 54 Lafarge Ciments* France 521 2 – 168 n/a 63 58 Etex* France 506 6 38 18 5,678 64 – Ciment Portland Gr. Switzerland 496 n/a – 12 3,217 65 108 Superfos Construction Denmark 492 -46 2 21 4,161 66 60 Calcia* France 475 3 100 50 n/a 67 67 Valenciana de Cemento Spain 462 22 12 63 3,364 68 57 Otis France 458 -8 22 34 5,406 69 – Obourg* Belgium 454 8 – 52 n/a 70 – Keramik Holding Switzerland 452 n/a – 25 7,359 71 69 Lafarge Betons Gran.* France 445 9 – 2,967 72 73 Ytong* Germany 443 13 28 42 2,988 73 63 Roca Radiadores Spain 435 9 18 22 4,642 74 61 Partek* Finland 434 -16 87 25 4,010 75 74 Friedrich Grohe Germany 432 11 68 32 4,134 76 – Hiag Gruppe Switzerland 427 n/a – 4 2,663 77 87 Caterpillar France France 407 28 96 1,766 78 75 BPB France France 406 5 – n/a 79 – Icopal Denmark 405 8 78 38 3,064 80 – Euridep France 394 n/s 33 16 3,422 81 72 Sommer France 394 0 54 3,087 82 – Cementia Holding Switzerland 393 n/a – 38 3,100 83 81 RMC France* France 385 4 – 7 1,929 84 79 Arena* France 384 3 – -11 1,684 85 88 Sanitec Ltd Oy Finland 381 4 – 35 4,425 86 78 Grunzweig & Hartmann* Germany 378 -1 1 33 1,615 87 93 Saint-Gobain Vitrage* France 366 24 23 14 3,241 88 91 Basalt Germany 362 20 2 2,198 89 86 Redland Granulats* France 346 7 – 2,732 90 – Elco Looser Holding Switzerland 346 n/a – 3,102 91 – Ideal Standard Italy 340 n/a – 11 n/a 92 89 Knauf France 339 11 – 1,740 93 66 Leroy Somer France 339 2 42 8 4,999 94 84 Bardon Holdings UK 332 -6 – 20 n/a 95 90 Van Neerbos Groep Netherlands 330 8 – 10 n/a 96 107 Groupe Origny* France 329 29 – 2 2,265 97 97 Alsen Breitenburg* Germany 321 15 1 27 1,395 98 82 Unicem Italy 321 3 – -39 n/a 99 94 Isoroy France 319 12 40 2,758 100 100 Facom France 304 12 49 15 3,660 101 130 Sphinx Netherlands 302 n/a – 12 n/a 102 – STO Germany 301 27 – 14 1,897 103 85 Iris Ceramica Italy 300 7 – 15 n/a 104 96 Eternit* Germany 295 5 2 -5 2,685 105 99 Schwenk Germany 294 8 – 1,500 106 161 Aalborg Portland Cement Denmark 289 0 50 29 2,477 107 101 Enci Netherlands 289 6 – 20 n/a 108 – Dalhoff Larsen & Horn Denmark 285 35 53 9 857 109 111 Deutag* Germany 281 16 – 1,560 110 92 SIV* Italy 278 9 – -5 n/a 111 95 Newman Tonks UK 270 7 – 22 n/a 112 – Lafarge Platres* France 266 4 8 -35 1,572 113 98 Zardoya Otis* Spain 261 5 10 32 4,292 114 114 PPG Ind.Glass France 253 12 41 10 2,130 115 109 Unibeton* France 253 2 – -11 774 116 120 PPG Ind. France France 253 18 36 14 1,351 117 112 Hansa Metallwerke Germany 252 10 40 20 2,274 118 – Staefa Control Switzerland 250 n/a – 2,565 119 – Sarna Kunststoff Switzerland 250 n/a – 15 1,591 120 103 Spring Ram Corporation UK 244 2 – 4 n/a 121 113 Alphacan France 243 7 – 1,830 122 128 Liebherr-France France 242 23 70 7 977 123 104 Roux Combaluzier Schind France 239 -7 17 0 3,661 124 110 Fichet Bauche France 235 -5 49 -20 3,218 125 116 SDECC* France 231 5 55 20 2,039 126 139 Manitou BF France 227 39 48 13 1,555 127 119 Weru Germany 223 4 7 14 1,965 128 121 BDF* France 221 6 – 3 98 129 117 Celsius* France 219 1 26 2,400 130 156 Heraklith Austria 218 n/s – 10 2,230 131 – Merlonitermosanitari Italy 216 n/a – 7 n/a 132 125 Placoplatre* France 215 7 6 25 911 133 131 Polynorm Netherlands 214 11 – 9 n/a 134 105 Ibstock Johnsen UK 211 12 – 17 n/a 135 124 BASF Peintures France 210 4 25 1,266 136 – Zehnder Holding Switzerland 210 n/a – 15 2,298 137 – Getaz Romang Switzerland 207 n/a – 0 890 138 122 Bonna France 207 1 28 1 2,360 139 – Ferriere Nord Italy 198 n/a – -3 n/a 140 – Feralpi Siderurgica Italy 196 n/a – 2 n/a 141 135 Ideal Standard Germany 192 5 – 1,558 142 – Somfy France 192 9 73 1,622 143 136 De Dietrich Thermique France 189 8 41 11 2,358 144 145 Potain France 185 21 62 11 1,437 145 – Samse France 180 15 1 3 1,264 146 148 CCB* Belgium 175 11 – 7 783 147 147 Hager Electro France 174 15 – 10 n/a 148 144 Anneliese Zementwerke* Germany 170 10 6 6 985 149 102 Cape Industries UK 168 -3 – 13 n/a 150 146 GSM* France 168 9 – 3 802 151 – Sicli France 165 4 11 11 2,131 152 138 Ascenseurs Kone France 163 1 14 2,140 153 160 Westag & Getalit Germany 160 15 9 8 1,415 154 137 Redaellitecna Italy 160 14 – 6 n/a 155 126 Otis Italia Italy 159 -7 – 13 n/a 156 – Fenwick Linde France 159 1 47 1,074 157 190 Atlas Copco France France 156 3913 3 846 158 150 Seperef-Sabla France 155 7 1 2 1,750 159 142 Financo Italy 155 15 – 7 n/a 160 – Ferroli Italy 151 n/a – 6 n/a 161 169 Industrielles Detuiles France 150 19 23 13 1,575 162 152 Rheinische Kalksteinwerk* Germany 150 4 – 12 1,384 163 – Hoval Gruppe Switzerland 147 n/a – 1,421 164 158 Akzo Nobel France 146 5 13 7 1,000 165 140 Porcher France 146 -9 11 -2 1,831 166 157 Carrier France 146 4 39 5 982 167 154 BDI France 145 2 0 1 1,490 168 159 L“Unite Hermetique France 142 2 80 5 1,348 169 172 Viessmann France 141 13 55 899 170 167 Halfen Germany 137 3 45 1,200 171 165 Acome France 134 0 16 10 1,029 172 155 Johnston Group UK 134 5 – 5 n/a 173 179 Unicon Beton Holding Denmark 133 8 36 8 1,063 174 170 Technal France 131 4 39 828 175 – Vetrotex* France 131 37 48 -4 749 176 – Mapei Italy 130 n/a – 3 n/a 177 181 Keramag Germany 129 10 10 9 662 178 175 Wulfrather Zement* Germany 129 5 – 5 386 179 184 VM Materiaux France 126 9 – 2 786 180 192 Eternit* France 124 16 8 9 1,231 181 178 Chaffoteaux et Maury France 124 3 – 1,239 182 – Villeroy et Boch France France 123 -2 50 5 1,656 183 153 RDB Italy 122 -1 – -2 n/a 184 183 Elm Leblanc France 121 1 26 7 1,213 185 – Thyssen France 121 -12 8 7 1,837 186 182 Inter-Beton Belgium 119 -7 – 5 n/a 187 162 Vachette France 119 -14 14 6 2,054 188 185 Rougier France 118 3 54 10 1,945 189 – Doras France 116 17 – 3 550 190 195 Atlantic France 116 8 2 9 3 191 – Gebr Tobler Switzerland 115 n/a – 275 192 198 Lieferbeton Austria 113 8 – 270 193 – Gerflor France 113 8 47 5 n/a 194 194 Siplast* France 112 5 36 8 445 195 – Ciat France 112 12 35 2 1,550 196 187 Dolomitwerke* Germany 111 -2 – 6 596 197 193 Saint Roch* Belgium 110 -6 – 6 n/a 198 – Concorde Italy 110 n/a – 8 n/a 199 197 Asamer und Hufnagl Austria 108 1 45 5 700 200 – Biasi Italy 107 13 – 6 n/a CORRECTION CRH, the Dublin-based materials group was omitted from the list of Europe“s 200 biggest materials companies. The company had a turnover of UK 1.563 billion in 1994, and would have been placed 18th in the league table.

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