Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin
HeidelbergCement currently operates in 17 countries in the Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin Group area. We hold leading market positions in our core business lines cement, aggregates, and ready-mixed concrete, both in our countries in the Mediterranean Basin and in Africa. This region is experiencing a high level of growth, driven mainly by demand for infrastructure and long-term trends such as strong population growth and urbanisation. In this Group area, we have a well-balanced and geographically diversified portfolio of countries with different maturity levels.
We run our own production sites in eleven countries south of the Sahara, where we mainly manufacture cement; in most of these countries, we are the market leader. In 2018, we expanded our portfolio of countries to include South Africa. In December, a new cement grinding plant with an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of cement commenced operation near Port Elizabeth. With this investment, we are strengthening our competitive position in southern Africa.
In North Africa, we hold leading market positions and operate well-maintained production sites, particularly in Egypt and Morocco, which are among the largest markets in the Group area. We produce cement and ready-mixed concrete in both countries, and we are active in the aggregates business in Morocco.
In the eastern Mediterranean Basin, we have operations in Israel and Turkey. While we mainly produce aggregates and ready-mixed concrete in Israel, our joint venture Ak?ansa in?
Turkey is one of the country’s leading cement manufacturers and also runs ready-mixed concrete and aggregates operations. Our joint venture partner is Sabanci Holding, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Turkey. Ak?ansa, which is one of the leading exporters in Turkey, operating private ports, is also creating value for our positions in Africa and transoceanic destinations.?