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HeidelbergCement introduces Continuous Improvement Program

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HeidelbergCement has launched its Continuous Improvement Program (CIP), which aims to continuously optimise the working processes within cement production. The new programme will be introduced at 65 cement plants around the world as of September 2014. It uses a systematic approach to generate ideas among employees, and then prioritise and implement these ideas. The process enhancements are expected to generate sustainable improvements of at least €120 million by the end of 2017.

CIP has been tested at three pilot sites in Europe since the beginning of this year, leading to improvements totalling nearly €4 million.

“With our Continuous Improvement Program we are changing the business culture at our production sites,” stated Dr Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “Our staff at the cement plants will be trained in entrepreneurial thinking in order to identify improvement potentials and implement them with creative ideas. In this way, we want to secure the efficiency gains from our previous projects while further improving our production processes systematically.”

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