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Lafarge of France is to sell its roofing business to PAI Partners for £1.3bn.

Lafarge is to invest about £2m at its Cauldon cement works in Staffordshire by the end of next year, including new packing and storage facilities.

Lafarge is to build a plasterboard factory next to the Ferrybridge power station near Castleford.

Lafarge is planning to develop an ecological leisure complex at the former Magheramorne quarry in Northern Ireland, and proposals include a mountain biking centre, a museum, a heritage steam railway and up to 450 eco-friendly houses.

Lafarge has acquired Port Land Cement, the Sittingbourne-based cement importer, for undisclosed terms.

Lafarge has acquired Castle Cement's import terminal in West Thurrock, Essex, for undisclosed terms.

Lafarge is to build a new £31m plasterboard factory in Nottinghamshire by early 2007.

Lafarge is to invest £15m in the expansion of its cement factory at Hope in Derbyshire over the next five years.

Lafarge has acquired the readymix operations of Riskend Aggregates, which includes four plants in Glasgow and a new site in Edinburgh.

Lafarge Aggregates has won government approval to proceed with plans to build a waste recycling plant at Harrycroft Quarry near Rotherham.

Lafarge has acquired Premier Readymix Concrete of Staffordshire for undisclosed terms.

Lafarge Aggregates is to relocate up to 400 staff to a new headquarters at the Watermead Business Park near Leicester by spring 2003.

Lafarge is closing its sales office in Worksop, and up to 95 jobs will be relocated to its main office at Syston in Leicestershire.

Lafarge Gyvlon has acquired the remaining 51% of Isocrete Gyvlon from Sandbach-based Flowcrete, and will invest in the expansion of the company's synthetic anhydrite binder production and distribution.

Lafarge has won a £2.3m government grant to develop material handling facilities by the Aire and Calder canal in Yorkshire, which will enable materials to be transported from its Besthorpe quarry and Wakefield distribution centre.

Lafarge of France has won European Commission approval for its £3.4bn bid for Blue Circle, but the UK cement maker is still trying to resist the deal.

Lafarge of France is to buy Ennemix, the quarry company, following a £8.8m recommended bid.