In cement factories, the several interlinked production steps are monitored by automated systems. They provide the production team with a large set of data that is then used to derive . required actions for an efficient operation. Up to now, data from different monitoring systems has been collected and processed manually. This made collaboration and exchange very difficult and led to a bias towards experience-driven decisions rather than concise data analysis. Another hurdle: each plant used different systems, and action management tools making direct comparisons of factories impossible.
PACT supports the plant teams to take better, data-based and more forward-thinking decisions, consistently achieve targets and spend less time in meetings and data crunching. This allows the teams to focus more on optimizing the processes and adapting in a flexible way to requirements from the markets.
PACT is the Holcim platform that combines all aspects of business with production, maintenance, quality, environment as well as H&S data from plants worldwide. This data is used for data-based decision making, benchmarking, consistent action tracking and as basis for machine learning applications that scale globally, such as CemQ.
Worldwide USD500B is sent back home by overseas workers. Up to 15% of these remittances are used for home construction. Some of the top 10 remittance-receiving countries include India, Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Counties in which Holcim has a strong presence.
One of the big worries of the overseas workers is that money sent back home is used for alternative purposes.
When partnering with tech companies such as BeamAndGo and MyCashOnline, we connect overseas workers with the Holcim retailer network in their home countries ensuring a simple, safe and reliable delivery of cement and other construction materials.
For ACC Limited, one of Holcim’s Indian operations, third-party transportation represents approx. 80% of distribution costs. The main challenges here are finding the right capacity at competitive rates and the time-consuming booking process, primarily based on calls, emails or faxes.
In order to evaluate a digital procurement provider for order placement and journey management, Holcim Startup MAQER set up a project with the startup BlackBuck, India’s largest trucking platform. The results are excellent so far: In July and August, more than 5000 tons were shipped via BlackBuck, resulting in savings within a few weeks. The fast and effective booking process, on-time pick-up & delivery as well as full H&S compliance led to the immediate need for follow-up projects.