A new dawn is set for Holcim after officially concluding its joint venture with AML Limited.
The companies had previously worked under the Allied Concrete brand but announced earlier this year that the joint venture would be concluded.
The arrangement means Holcim is now operating 20 ready-mix concrete plants in the North Island and Ashby’s Ready Mixed in Christchurch.
“With the commencement of our ready-mix operations in Aotearoa, New Zealand, under the Holcim and Ashby’s brands, and our range of innovative and sustainable building products and solutions, we are putting our expertise to work to help decarbonise the construction industry in Aotearoa, New Zealand,” Holcim ANZ chief executive officer George Agriogiannis said.
“This announcement will enable Holcim to further deliver on our pledge to transition to net zero by 2050, building progress for a low-carbon future.”
It comes after New Zealand’s climate change minister, James Shaw, launched the Roadmap to Net Carbon Zero 2050 earlier this year. Barbara Nebel, chief executive of thinkstep-anz, leading sustainability consultants responsible for developing the roadmap, said, “In fact, the industry has already started its decarbonisation journey, with an 11 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions achieved between 2005 and 2018, even though ready mixed concrete use increased significantly during that time.”
“Based on this roadmap, New Zealand’s concrete industry can achieve a 44 per cent decrease from 2020 levels by 2030 and, ultimately, net zero carbon by 2050.”
Holcim invested in its net zero future by launching a new low-carbon cement facility at Ports of Auckland.
“With a proud history of more than 130 years in New Zealand’s building and construction industry, Holcim is dedicated to upholding our commitment to supporting the local economy,” said Holcim New Zealand executive general manager Kevin Larcombd.