With the expressive theme of ‘Speed, Simplicity, Trust', Lafarge South Africa held its 6th annual National Supplier Day function on 20 November at the upmarket Scarlet Ribbon conference venue in Stoneridge Shopping Centre, Johannesburg.
Welcoming the large gathering of suppliers' representatives, the company's Country CEO, Ken MacLean said: "Suppliers play a vital role in our operations by delivering value in terms of innovation and cost competitiveness. We are committed to building mutually beneficial long-term relationships with our approved suppliers. To this end, our supply base will be subject to more visibility and exceptional performances will continue to be rewarded."
Lafarge South Africa has been a pioneer of the concept of creating a sense of community amongst its most strategic suppliers, rewarding excellence and promoting an ethos of continual service improvement within its supply base. From small beginnings in 2008, Supplier Day has grown into a significant date on suppliers' calendars, as evidenced by the impressive attendance at this year's event: over 75 supplier representatives attended.
"Although the format has evolved in both scope and magnitude, the purpose has not deviated from our original vision," said Alan Scott, Lafarge South Africa's Country Procurement Manager. "The results have been encouraging: the aggregate overall performance of the participants has recorded a 17 per cent improvement since the inception of the Supplier Performance Programme. Testimony to the success of the Programme lies in the way that suppliers have come on-board, taken ownership and driven their performance towards the mutually agreed targets that we set each year."
Particularly notable in the Awards ceremony were some of the familiar names that appeared on the podium, recognising their ability to sustain their commitment to excellence. The winners were:
Supplier of the Yeear: Afripack
Most Improved Supplier: Barloworld Handling
Effective Cost Control: Chryso
Customer Service Performance: Ingulube
Leadership & Growth: Afripack
Business Compatibility: LE&GE
Safety Leader Award for On-Site Contractors: Cruz Rigging cc
Safety Leader Award for Transporters: Elf Trans
"I would especially like to compliment Afripack for their consistent top ranking performance over the years," added Scott. "And to all the other award winners ‒ well done! They represent hard-earned achievements."
Lafarge South Africa is the local presence of the international Lafarge Group, a world leader in building materials. Throughout the world, being a Lafarge supplier is not only about providing goods and services, it means being a partner and contributor to its business and operations. Lafarge expects suppliers to bring
the best of their innovation capacity and operational excellence to contribute to the Group's cost reduction programmes and develop new products, which give Lafarge a competitive edge.
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.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za
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