Our organization


Lafarge has put into place an international R&D network. Research is centralized at the Group's Research Center near Lyon, France. The Research Center then works closely with the Group's technical centers and laboratories around the world for the development and industrialization of solutions at local level inorder to optimize its research and best meet local market requirements


Technical centers and development laboratories work with the Research Center and the Group's business units to adapt new products developed by Lafarge's researchers to the needs and specific characteristics of local markets. They also work to improve industrial performance: plants throughout the world can therefore call on a network of local experts to intervene rapidly to improve plant processes, for example optimizing formulas to reflect the availability of local raw materials.

Product development to meet local market requirements

The Research Center works closely with Technical centers, development laboratories and with different Group countries.

Lafarge has 4 Technical centers for Cement located in:

  • Vienna, Austria, and Lyon, France, serving Europe (Europe Technical Center - ETC),
  • Montreal, Canada, serving the Americas (Corporate Technical Services - CTS). The CTS has a branch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
  • Beijing, China, serving Asia (Asian Technical Center - ATC). The ATC has a branch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
  • Cairo, Egypt, serving Africa and the Middle-East (Cairo Technical Center - CTC).


Lafarge also has a number of concrete development laboratories, which work in close partnership with the Lafarge Research Center to carry out testing to adapt new products to local market conditions.

The Group opened two labs dedicated to "construction development", one in Lyons (France) and the other in Chongqing (China). A third of those labs was opened in 2012 in Mumbai (India). These laboratories support the Group's international R&D international network, and allow an even more local approach to the construction markets. They also allow the development of new systems and solutions fitting perfectly with the needs of the field

The magic of fluid concrete

Superplasticizers developed by Lafarge researchers make it possible to enhance the fluidity of concrete without adding water. Consequently, the concrete remains fluid for over 2 hours and is easier to use, more resistant and longer lasting.