Enhancing sustainable logistical channels

The building industry, traditionally perceived as being conservative, is now experiencing major transformations. The competitive environment is becoming tougher every day, and companies must remain agile to anticipate future challenges. To meet these challenges and provide customer satisfaction, Saint-Gobain places innovation at the heart of the transformation of its businesses.

Co-loading for better customer service

To make life easier for its customers and enable them to order with total confidence in delivery and service, Saint-Gobain has implemented an innovative way of co-loading its solutions in South Africa.

Since 2016, Saint-Gobain Gyproc, Saint-Gobain Isover, Saint-Gobain Weber and Saint-Gobain PAM products can be loaded together throughout South Africa. Customers can get one delivery for all their Saint-Gobain stock, where in the past they used to get four deliveries on different days and had to place four different orders.

Saint-Gobain is increasing its footprint in Africa and is looking into the opportunity of extending this initiative into sub-Saharan Africa.

Co-loading, particularly into far outlying areas, cuts costs and transportation-related emissions.

Co-loading demonstrates how Saint-Gobain adapts to changing markets and customer expectations. 

Monitoring forklift emissions

Saint-Gobain South Africa has increased its focus on energy efficiency at all sites, implementing the World Class Manufacturing approach to energy management.

For example, a programme has been implemented to monitor forklift emissions in its warehouses and plants. To improve the company’s carbon footprint, most of its forklifts are fitted with a diesel particulates filter and all new machines will be fitted with them as standard.

This filter is a device that removes up to 85 per cent of the particles or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. These black carbon particles are harmful to the environment and cause pollution as well as being harmful to one’s health if they are continuously inhaled.

There is no saving on fuel, but poisonous emissions are cut down substantially, in line with Saint-Gobain’s commitment to worker health and safety, and to the environment.