The flagship project called “Institutionalising Excellence Journey” was started in January 2012.The programme, which addressed all pillars of sustainable development, aimed to deliver superior value to customers while simultaneously seeking cost leadership through improvements in manufacturing, sales & marketing, logistics and procurement of major inputs.
The programme was designed to strengthen the core processes of the Organisation with a particular emphasis aimed at achieving excellence in the functions comprising manufacturing, logistics, sales & marketing, people processes and certain strategic procurement projects. The manufacturing excellence pillar includes efforts to reduce production cost through improvements in clinker factor, plant performance, thermal and electrical energy efficiencies.
The programme was continued in 2013 with a strong focus on Safety and has helped the Company offset inflationary pressures by improving efficiencies, reducing operating costs and providing better customer service. Under this banner, the company is pursuing the creation of best-in-class logistics practices. On the environment front, significant reductions have been achieved in the level of CO2 emIssIons, again making us best-in-class. On the energy front, a new Waste Heat Recovery system was commissioned at ACC’s Gagal cement plant which can generate 7.5 MW of electricity using waste exhaust gases from the cement kiln. This is an important step in energy conservation. The electricity thus generated from waste heat costs only a fraction of purchased grid power.