About Us

Having launched its business in the field of minerals in 1952, LAVA Mining & Quarrying operates in quarrying, processing and trading:

  • Pumice stone on the island of  Yali to the north of Nissiros;
  • Gypsum in Altsi, Sitia, Crete;
  • Pozzolana in Xilokeratia, Milos;
  • Silica sand in Kastriani, Milos.

With its considerable export sales, the Company features one of the most dynamic development rates in its trade.

LAVA Mining & Quarrying is part of HERACLES Group of Companies.

HERACLES Group of Companies

Heracles GCC is the largest cement producer in Greece, with a total annual production capacity of 9.6 million tons. The company was established in 1911 as an industrial and company styled “General Cement Company SA” and enjoys continuous presence in Greece for almost a century now.
Heracles GCC has 3 cement plants in Volos, Halkis and Milaki, Evia, 6 distribution centres and 11 quarries near the plants. Its business activities extend all over mainland and insular Greece, trading bulk and bagged cement. (For more information go to www.lafarge.gr)

Lafarge Group

A leader in building materials, Lafarge has an established presence in Greece through Heracles Group of Companies. Lafarge entered the Greek cement market in 2001 and owns the majority of Heracles General Cement Company shares. A world leader in building materials, Lafarge is top-placed in the markets of Cement, Concrete, Aggregates and Gypsum, employing 78,000 people in 78 countries. Being a company that produces materials of vital importance for economic and social development, Lafarge’s growth is closely linked to demographic development and the need for housing and infrastructure projects. (For more information go to www.lafarge.com)

Nissiros Volcano
Nissiros volcano emerged from the sea 200,000 years ago to form a cone of land. As it continued to erupt over the following years, molten fragments of stone were released in the atmosphere, only to cool down again as they fell on the ground to eventually form layers of volcanic ash.

There are five calderas on Nissiros island. “Stefanos”, 260 metres wide and 30 metres deep, is one of the largest and best preserved hydrothermal craters in the world.

The volcano’s latest big eruption dates back to 1888, while a smaller one took place in 1933.