For the first time in its history, the French building materials group Lafarge held a global supplier competition in 2014: the Lafarge Global Supplier Award. A total of seven categories were distinguished in a ceremony at the headquarters in Paris. With its ADAMS® technology for filling powder-type products into watertight PE bags, Haver & Boecker from Oelde/Germany was able to win in the category of “sustainability”. The jury’s reasoning: the technology showed “an ability to operate in a sustainable manner, including the deployment of appropriate corrective actions”.
“Suppliers play an important role in our operations, delivering value year after year and pushing the boundaries in terms of innovation and cost competitiveness,” said Thierry Metro, Senior Vice President Energy & Strategic Sourcing at Lafarge, while expressing his appreciation for suppliers. He explained the motivation for the award: “We want to recognize and celebrate our work together. The Global Supplier Awards represents a victory for our suppliers, for Lafarge and for our customers.”
The now prize-winning Haver & Boecker ADAMS® technology for filling powder-type products into watertight PE bags was developed together by both companies in a mutual cooperation project. Lafarge Tarmac had identified a significant customer issue: the wastage of cement from damaged paper packed cement for which PE bags were an excellent solution. The combination of Lafarge Tarmac’s customer and solutions led focus with H&B’s technical expertise has resulted in PE bags being a very successful innovation in the UK packed cement market.
Since 2005 Haver & Boecker OHG has equipped six Lafarge Tarmac plants in Great Britain with twelve HAVER ADAMS® filling systems. Lafarge Tarmac is a joint venture between Lafarge SA and Anglo American plc. Over the past years the HAVER ADAMS® technology was upgraded so that an increase in speed from 1200 bags per hour to 2000 bags per hour could be reached.