Lafarge

Carlos Slim is not one to waste any time.

Having only announced three months ago that Elementia, his building materials conglomerate, would enter the cement-making business, the world’s richest man on Wednesday announced plans to scale up the unit by teaming up with Lafarge, the world’s largest cement maker. 

By Pan Kwan Yuk and Andres Schipani

Of all the places in the world to find a cheerleader for the US economy, Colombia is probably not the first country that comes to mind.

And yet, a US bull is exactly what you will find in the Andean country – in the form of Cementos Argos, Colombia’s leading cement producer.