Sementin historiaa

Year 2014 marked the centennial of the starting up of the first rotary kiln in Pargas and the launch of the Finnish cement industry. But who invented cement in the first place?

The history of cement

It is difficult to pinpoint precisely who first invented cement but even before the start of the Common Era the Etruscans used ground limestone as a binder in plaster.

Later, the Romans developed their own Roman cement from quicklime. It was taken into use again in the 18th century from which point on began the development of what would become Portland cement in early 19th century England. When, at the end of the same century, the idea of burning the raw materials in a rotary kiln was discovered, the foundations for modern production technology were laid down.

The history of Finnsementti

The story of Finnsementti began in the early 20th century with two cement plants, Paraisten Kalkkivuori Osakeyhtiö and Lohjan Kalkkitehdas Osakeyhtiö. A third cement plant came into operation in Lappeenranta in 1938 and a fourth in Kolari in 1968.

Finnsementin historiaaConsolidation of the industry resulted in the merger of Partek and Lohja in 1992. From 1993 to 1999, Finnsementti was part of the Scancem (Euroc) Group. From 1999 onwards, Finnsementti has belonged to the CRH group, which is one of the world’s largest construction material companies. Today, the majority of Finland’s cement requirement is produced at Finnsementti’s plants in Pargas and Lappeenranta.

Sementin historiaa

Finnsementti is the only Finnish manufacturer of cement. Harnessing our century-long experience, we produce consistently superior cement and create jobs within our industry. The majority of Finland’s cement demand is produced at Finnsementti’s plants in Pargas and Lappeenranta. In addition to cement, our offering includes various concrete admixtures, mineral additives and special aggregates.

Finnsementti Oy
P.O. Box 115
Lars Sonckin kaari 16
02601 Espoo, Finland
Tel. +358 (0)201 206 200