Lafarge Wins Global Award


On the 28th of November 2014, Lafarge South Africa, the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, paid tribute to the company's six local winning teams as well as its global winning team in recognition of their excellent performance during the 2014 annual Global Lafarge Awards. The programme was designed to promote and transfer best practices and processes within the Lafarge Group.

Lafarge South Africa, won in the global ‘Capital Allocation' category - its Moregrove Quarry's "Innovative fines management gives better returns" initiative, executed under team leader and Quarry Manager, Peter Willemse, was chosen as one of the six worldwide winners out of 170 top project submissions from 35 countries. Says Ken MacLean, Country CEO of Lafarge South Africa: "Winning this Global Award shows that commitment to the success of our company, through hard work and creative initiatives will be recognised at the highest level. It means we have the ability to compete against any other country in the world!"


Moregrove Quarry's award-winning project addressed the problem of the high fines content of its stone that was limiting sales of Asphalt sand. After an investigation it was found that the quarry's air separator had the ability to remove much of the fine sand particles. The Asphalt sand's quality was improved and a profitable outlet for the recovered fines in the manufacture of bricks, blocks and other precast concrete products was determined.

The project's benefits were numerous:

  • Successful reduction in fines -0.075mm from 16% to 10%.
  • The fines are separated and can be blended with another product (-4.75mm) to produce a blend which is in high demand from a brick and block precast producer.
  • The improvement in fines quality was cost effective.
  • Low maintenance solution.

This proactive thinking resulted in R8 million revenue per year and an increase in Asphalt sand sales.

The global winners were announced at a Lafarge Awards Group ceremony in October during the Lafarge Group's Country CEO meeting in Sitges, Spain. The judges of the award submissions praised the quality of this year's entries, saying they were high impact, results driven programmes.


The six winners of the final global Lafarge Awards were:


  • Category: Capital Allocation - Winning Country: South Africa; Initiative: Innovative fines management gives better returns and has opened up a new business opportunity
  • Category: Health & Safety - Winning Country: Morocco; Initiative: Aimed to promote strong, committed H&S leadership at all levels. Conducted programmes that promoted responsibility and accountability among managers in the field. Safety knowledge and risk analysis skills were enhanced.
  • Category: Cash flows and EBITDA - Winning Country: France; Initiative: Facing a declining and increasingly competitive market, Lafarge France did a total review of its operation to reduce variable and fixed costs, while also steering cement price negotiations.
  • Category: Managers' Leadership - Winning Country: India; Initiative: Implemented WAVE (Women Adding Value & Excellence) to create a more inclusive workplace. A variety of programmes contributed to India achieving a higher maturity index and a greater sense of belonging among female employees.


Special Sub-categories


  • Category: Energy Consumption - Winning Country: United Arab Emirates; Initiative: Comparing poorly against competitors, the Fujairah cement plant implemented a power mastery plan and is on track for a 5% reduction in energy costs.
  • Category: Inventories reduction - Winning Country: Serbia; Initiative: Aiming to reduce inventory levels by 20%, Serbia achieved a 31% reduction by tuning all material stocks to meet realistic sales forecasts.


The South African entries for the global final phase of the competition were:


  • Lafarge Lichtenburg H&S Team
  • Team Leader: Conrad van der Westhuizen; Initiative: Electronic Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) System enhances impact on safety; Category: Health and Safety
  • Lafarge Readymix Projects
  • Team leader: Dave Miles; Initiative: Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD) saves time and cost; Category: Cash flows and EBITDA
  • Lafarge Moregrove Quarry
  • Team Leader: Peter Willemse; Initiative: Innovative fines management gives better returns; Category: Capital Allocation
  • Lafarge Aggregates Continuous Process Improvement
  • Team leader: Peter Deering; Initiative: Introduction of best operating practices enhances production and cuts costs; Category: Managers' Leadership


Special sub-categories


  • Lafarge Ninians Quarry
  • Team Leader: Stewart Chislett; Initiative: Proactive maintenance reduces energy costs; Category: Energy Consumption
  • Lafarge Blue Rock Quarry
  • Team leader: Andre van Heerden; Initiative: Unique Light Duty Vehicle loading scheme gives quicker stock turnover; Category: Inventories reduction


Communications Manager of Lafarge South Africa, Chantál Stewart, who was responsible for rolling out and managing the Lafarge Awards in South Africa, says: "The success of the global winners was shared and celebrated internationally and locally. The Awards are a valuable source of inspiration for new local initiatives and benchmarking our own projects against the rest of the Lafarge world."


Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable.  These Global Awards honour and recognise the innovation of its employees who work so hard to meet the high standards set by Lafarge.



About Lafarge


A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. 

In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.


Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.


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For further information, please contact:


Chantál Stewart

Communications Manager

011 657 0000


Glasshouse Communication Management

Bridget von Holdt

011 646 9992 / 0826100650