St Gobain, also own major part of cement production here and in Europe. According to their President, they "needed" (i.e.Took advantage of Covid issues) to put up prices 2nd half of year, made biggie profits.
Totally agree, BG market protection. The UK mines appear to be the only pink ones, and maybe softer material than the white ones. You can see in pics of the UK mines that it is pink underground but the only pics I've found of EU opencast are white.