Our History

 
1888

Beginning of the company’s involvement in the New Zealand building industry, when the Milburn Lime & Cement Company was incorporated in Otago.

1958

New Zealand Cement Company commenced operating a new cement plant at Westport to meet growing demand for cement.

1963

Milburn and New Zealand Cement Company merged to form New Zealand Cement Holdings Ltd.

1971

Holcim (then known as “Holderbank Financière Glaris”), a Swiss company, bought 42% of New Zealand Cement Holdings Ltd.

1980s

Company diversified into concrete operations, including a joint venture with Allied Concrete.

1988

Company celebrated 100 years of operations and changed its name to Milburn New Zealand Ltd.

1999

Holcim moved to 100% ownership.

 

2002

The name Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd was adopted and the company rebranded throughout New Zealand.

2015

Holcim merged with Lafarge to form the world leader in the building materials industry.
Holcim New Zealand became part of the regional Holcim Australia and New Zealand business.
Lime manufacturing business sold.

2016

New cement terminal opened in Timaru.
New cement terminal opened in Auckland.  
Westport cement plant closed.