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CEMEX UK take on Finning Eco-Drive initiative

Finning training programme that teaches fuel-efficient and eco-friendly methods of operating machinery

CEMEX UK have put 350 of their quarry plant operators and management staff through Finning’s Eco-Drive training programme, which has helped the company reap benefits from efficiency savings in both litres per tonne and plant maintenance. CEMEX’s decision to train their UK staff represents the largest number of operators to date to benefit from the Finning Eco-Drive programme.

Commenting on CEMEX UK’s strategic investment in the scheme, Craig Hooper, national operations project manager, said: ‘We constantly monitor our performance throughout the business so we have a lot of data to compare any pre and post training results. We have collected post-training data for a number of months on fully trained operator activity and are now able to understand the impact training has had on our 350 participants from across the UK operations.

‘The training has instilled a culture shift into the everyday running of the business…A great example of this is the competition that has now developed between operators at sites to see who is the most fuel efficient, with the lowest cost per tonne, making a serious topic fun.’

As Finning’s largest Eco-Drive programme user to date, CEMEX have worked closely with the company to develop the delivery of training across their UK operations.

Robert Powell, strategic account manager with Finning, commented: ‘We first introduced CEMEX to the Eco-Drive concept at an equipment management seminar in 2009. Craig and his team recognized the potential of rolling out the programme to quarrying and aggregates plant operators and so worked with us to see how we could best achieve this.

‘In order to have a structured rollout process, we initially participated in an event with CEMEX UK site operators to demonstrate the programme. We then jointly organized five site days across the company’s facilities, training operatives on specific techniques relevant to the equipment they were using.

‘The remaining operators benefitted from a number of training days at Caterpillar’s Desford visitor and demonstration centre in Leicester. This allowed us to train all 350 participant over a number of months to give CEMEX the opportunity to involve everyone in the process.’


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