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Origins

Our roots date back to the nineteenth century when in 1889 Hippolyte Dumont opened a factory in Belgium.

In just over a century, the firm has spread internationally: first to France in 1926 on the impetus of the founder's son-in-law, Léon Lhoist. He developed the company further by acquiring lime, limestone and dolimite plants in Belgium and France. During the last 35 years, the fourth generation of shareholders has pushed the business consistently further under the leadership of Baron Berghmans, the company current Chairman.

In the eighties, the Group crossed the Atlantic to the United States. The nineties offered significant expansion opportunities across Western and Eastern Europe, in Germany and Scandinavia. The new millennium again broadened our horizons across Southern Europe to Brazil and progressively to Asia.

Today, we are a world leading producer of lime, dolime and minerals. We continue to grow through acquisition and entry into new territories. With a focus on existing and emerging customer needs, we also invest in new facilities and the development of our portfolio of innovative products and solutions.

Over the past decades, the Group’s production has multiplied by ten and our turnover by 40. Lhoist operates 100 facilities in more than 25 countries and has 6,400 employees of more than 40 nationalities.

 

 

1889

Hippolyte Dumont

Hippolyte Dumont marries Caroline Wautier in 1889. Their union gave birth to the name Dumont-Wautier still used today to describe the plant and quarries located along the Meuse near Liege in Belgium.
Hippolyte Dumont had at that time three plants producing bricks. He then took over lime kilns in Ampsin. In 1900, he acquired a quarry in Hermalle-sous-Huy where he built, between 1901 and 1912, nine lime kilns. The head quarter in Hermalle was born!
This versatile and enterprising man is the founder of the group that bears today the name of his son in law Leon Lhoist.

1924

Leon Lhoist

Léon Lhoist, Hippolyte's son-in-law, sets up "Etablissements Léon Lhoist", at Jemelle, Belgium.

1926

France

The establishment of Carrières et Fours à Chaux de Dugny, in France, marks the start of Lhoist's international expansion.

1981

United States

Lhoist enters the US market in 1981 through its acquisition of a stake in Chemical Lime in Texas.
The Group expands into the West with the purchase of Genstar's Lime Division in 1986, and into the Southeast with the acquisition of Allied Lime in 1989.

1992

Czech Republic

The purchase of Vápenka Certovy Schody (VCS) in the Czech Republic paves the way for the Group's entry into Eastern Europe.

1993

Germany

Joint venture with RWK Kalk, Germany.

1994

The Netherlands

Joint venture with Nedmag, The Netherlands.

1995

Missouri (USA)

Construction of the Group's largest US plant at St. Genevieve, Missouri (USA), on the banks of the Mississippi river.

1996

Poland

Lhoist continues its Eastern European expansion by acquiring lime operations at Bukowa and, in 1998, at Opolwap in Poland.

1996

Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Lhoist purchases Faxe Kalk, with operations in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

1999

Germany

Acquisition of Rheinische Kalksteinwerke Wülfrath (RKW), Germany. RWK and RKW activities are merged into a new company: Rheinkalk.


The Group strengthens its Dolomitic Refractory Division by forming Wülfrath Refractories, a merger of Lhoist Réfractaires, acquired in 1993, with Wülfrather Feuerfest (Germany), a former division of RKW.

 

 

2000

UNITED KINGDOM

Acquisition of the lime activities of RMC Industrial Minerals in the United Kingdom. The new entity will operate under the name Lhoist UK Ltd.

2001

USA, France, Spain, Portugal

Acquisition of the Baker-Group USA. Refractory activities of Baker and Wülfrath, Germany are merged to form LWB Refractories.

Acquisition of Group Balthazard & Cotte, a well known Southern European lime producer, based in Grenoble, France with operations in France, Spain and Portugal.

2002

Poland

Acquisition of the lime and dolomite operations of the Heidelberg Cement Group in Gorazdze and Sabinow, Poland.

2004

Brazil

Lhoist enters Brazil through the acquisition of the Group Votorantim´s Lime Division (Cal Itaú) comprising 4 plants in Minas Gerais state (São José da Lapa, Matozinhos, Arcos and Limeira).

2005

Refractory Division

Lhoist divests its Refractory Division.

2006

USA

Lhoist acquires Franklin Industrial Minerals in the USA, a leading producer of processed limestone and ball clay, operating nine plants in the Southeast of the US and Texas.

2008

Malaysia

Lhoist acquires a limestone quarry near Ipoh, Malaysia.

2010

RUSSIA, OMAN

A joint venture of Lhoist and the Russian metallurgical group TMK is granted a mining license for the exploitation of a quarry in the Urals.

Lhoist and the Suhail Bahwan Group set up a joint venture company, Bahwan Lhoist LLC, to explore and develop limestone and dolomite resources in Oman.

2011

Brazil

Setting up of the joint venture Cal Norte e Nordeste S.A.

2013

Malaysia

Acquisition of Megah Jaya Industries Sdn Bhd.

2014

Brazil

Acquisition of Araguaia Mineração et Indústria Ltda.

2014

UNITED KINGDOM

The acquisition of Steetley Dolomite allows Lhoist to supply dolime to customers in the UK steel industry for the first time, as well as providing an additional supply source for its non-UK dolime customers. In addition, the acquisition of Steetley adds new products to the Lhoist portfolio, opening further opportunities to supply dolime in the refractory and steel sectors.

2015

Malaysia & Singapore

Acquisition of lime activities of the NSL Group.

2015

GERMANY

Acquisition of HeidelbergCement's Istein and Walhalla lime plants.