LafargeHolcim subsidiary Holcim Lanka has begun operations of a new ship-to-rail road hybrid model for the transportation of its raw materials.
The state railway will transport Holcim cement related raw materials by rail from the Eastern port of Trincomalee to the Mahawa railway station where the company's dedicated trucks will then transport the materials to the Puttalam Cement Works Plant.
Holcim Lanka Procurement and Logistics Director, Charith Wijendra, said: "It is critical we promote and invest in projects that will allow for the efficient, more environmentally sustainable movement of our raw materials and goods throughout the country.
“The successful launch of this phase would not have been possible without the support received from the Ministry of Transport."
By using larger ships, rail transport and a dedicated truck fleet, Holcim Lanka has greatly reduced the carbon footprint of its logistics operation. The model also reduces road traffic, cutting congestion and contributing to greater safety.
"By implementing these logistics solutions we contribute towards the reduction of road traffic and the subsequent carbon emissions generated but also improve safety levels.
"Overall we have created considerable value for all our clients and the nation," Mr Wijendra added.