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