The German and US rivals had said they planned to put the headquarters of their new holding company in a European country outside Germany. Photograph: iStock

The new company formed from the planned $70 billion merger of German industrial gases giant Linde and US peer Praxair will likely be based in the Repu(...)

Linde and Praxair are struggling with slower growth in demand from   the manufacturing, metals and energy industries, already leading to consolidation in the industrial gases sector

German industrial gases group Linde and American suitor Praxair have agreed an outline for a $65 billion-plus merger, with the combined company to be (...)

Lafarge’s Bruno Lafont: due to propose a chief executive candidate for Holcim within the next two weeks. Photograph: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

Building materials group Lafarge’s boss Bruno Lafont wants someone with experience of the cement industry to be chief executive in the French group’s (...)

For CRH the acquisition will catapult it into third spot in the global rankings of building materials groups

CRH has dispatched integration teams to meet with executives from the Holcim-Lafarge business it is due to acquire, as it presses ahead with the €6.5(...)

Holcim and Lafarge plan to sell assets to CRH in order to get regulatory approval for a merger

Holcim and Lafarge have agreed new financial terms and leadership to save their plans to create the world’s biggest cement company, after the merger c(...)

Holcim chief executive  Bernard Fontana has cut costs and expanded in emerging regions such as Latin America and Indonesia to counter a construction slump in Europe  Photograph: Bloomberg

Holcim and Lafarge are progressing in last-ditch talks to salvage their merger to form the world’s biggest cement company as one of the largest sha(...)

CRH shares were up 3.9 per cent to €24.36 in trading at lunchtime after news of talks over Bruno Lafont’s role were confirmed

Shares in Iseq heavyweight CRH jumped by nearly 4 per cent on Wednesday after reports that cement makers Holcim and Lafarge, are discussing a new CEO (...)

The Volvo XC90: reached end of production run after 12 years

Celebrations, one boisterous, the other more reflective, are underway in Ingolstadt and Gothenburg as both Audi and Volvo mark some auspicious product(...)

The headquarters of Lafarge  in Paris, France. The cement maker’s merger with Holcim will lead to synergies of more than €1.4 billion and probably close in the first half of 2015. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Holcim and Lafarge have agreed a merger to create the world’s biggest cement maker with more than $40 billion in sales and cut overcapacities a(...)

 Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation fell 3.6 per cent to €970 million. Photograph: EPA/Nicolas Armer

Linde, the world’s largest industrial-gas producer, reported fourth-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates as a stronger euro held back s(...)

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