Cement production is one of the most important industrial activities in Greece, offering our country great export opportunities and contributing significantly to the national economy.
It is the longest-running Greek industrial activity, which began in the early 20th century, with the establishment of the first cement production plant in Elefsina in 1902, while over the next 32 years, a total of 6 companies were established, constituting the cement industry in Greece.
Limestone, the main raw material for the production of cement and aggregates, is abundant in Greece, which is a strong advantage for the development of the domestic cement industry. At the same time, the intense seismic activity in the country and the requirement for durable construction of private and public projects, result in an increased demand for concrete, as a building material, due to its great durability and strength.
Today, the cement industry in Greece has an annual production capacity of approximately 15 million tons and consists of 3 companies:
Heracles General Cement Company S.A., a member of the Holcim Group
Cement Company S.A.
HALYPS Building Materials S.A., a member of the Heidelberg Group
The sector achieved substantial growth right from the beginning of its development, creating favorable conditions for exports even before World War II.
The Greek cement industry based on its:
directed its export activity not only to developed markets (USA, Western European countries), but also to others, such as Africa and Asia, remaining one of the strongest exporting countries.