HeidelbergCement has started its Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) in order to continuously optimize the working processes in cement production. The new program, which will be introduced at 65 cement plants worldwide, takes a systematic approach in order to generate ideas among the employees, prioritize, and implement them. The process enhancements shall lead to sustainable result improvements of at least 120 million euros ($163.6 million) by the end of 2017.
“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.”
The Continuous Improvement Program, which has been tested at three pilot sites in Europe since the beginning of 2014, has already led to result improvements of almost 4 million euros ($5.5 million). Due to the great success and high acceptance by the employees, CIP will be implemented worldwide starting in September.