The history of Italcementi is the history of the cement industry in Italy. The company was founded over 150 years ago in Bergamo, when the first cement was ground in a watermill in 1864. Italcementi has since become a leader in Italy, both from the industrial and market perspective.
The current Italcementi industrial structure for cement production in Italy consists of six full-cycle cement plants, a site for special products and eight grinding centers.
The overall industrial network boasts also a relevant presence in the concrete sector, through 124 ready-mixed concrete plants and 17 quarries for aggregates. Italcementi is a market leader in Italy, both in the cement and ready-mixed concrete business.
The company has actively participated in the development of the Country, by contributing to important infrastructures such as the “Autostrada del Sole”, the motorway going from Northern to Southern Italy. With a strong vocation for innovation, Italcementi has been a partner of great engineers and architects for major works such as the Pirelli Skyscraper, built in 1956 in Milan, based on a project by Giò Ponti and Pierluigi Nervi, one of the tallest buildings in reinforced concrete in the world. The Papal Audience Hall in Rome, known as Aula Nervi, was built with a cement especially developed in Italcementi laboratories in Bergamo.
A special relationship connects Italcementi to the world of Universal Expositions. The first experience dates back to 1867, when the Company was awarded with the silver medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris. More recently, Italcementi played an active role in Expo 2010 Shanghai, by developing i.light, the transparent cement used for the Italian Pavilion, a masterpiece among 2010's best inventions, kept as a permanent structure. Last but not least, the company was engaged in the development of a new and truly innovative material – i.active BIODYNAMIC -, allowing for the creation of the extremely complex shapes of Palazzo Italia, the iconic place of Expo 2015 Milano.
Among the most recent achievements, i.lab deserves a special mention. Located at the Kilometro Rosso scientific and technologic park in Bergamo, the building hosts the Product Innovation Centre of HCGroup, as well as the Italian Headquarter of Italcementi. It is the synthesis of the Company’s commitment towards innovative and sustainable technologies and materials.
Italcementi is strongly engaged in anticipating market trends and requirements, promoting the concept of sustainable construction. In this perspective, the Company approaches the market with i.nova, the innovative market approach aiming at offering its leadership in innovation to the building community.