Performance and savings

Published 10 September 2012

This year, Babcock International Group provided Lafarge with key benefits including cost savings and a GBP15m (US$23.4m) investment in its global fleet by delivering a whole lifecycle approach to managing Lafarge’s fleet of vehicles and equipment for its aggregate and cement business in the UK and North America. ICR speaks with Simon Purchon, business development director of Babcock’s Mining and Construction business, to discover how such remarkable results have been achieved.

“Working with fleet management specialists like

Babcock is a well considered ‘measured step that

customershave thought through, and never a ‘leap of

faith’. It is an important investment for our customers

that will ultimately give them the return they require.”

Simon Purchon, business development director,

Babcock International Group

July 2012 marked the first successful year of the fleet management partnership between Babcock International Group and Lafarge UK. ICR finds out more of what lies behind Babcock’s ability to cut costs and enhance fleet performance for suitable clients like cement companies.

ICR: Babcock is well-known in the UK as a leading engineering organisation. In which territories and sectors is the company most active and what is its experience of serving the cement industry?

Simon Purchon (SP): Babcock has many years of experience in asset management performance and currently manages almost 30,000 vehicles and over 176,000 equipment stock lines globally. Our management team has decades of cross-sector experience in successfully overseeing and maintaining off- and on-road vehicles. From the management of nuclear submarines to the fleet servicing of the Metropolitan Police Service, Babcock has the capability to manage assets that are critical to customers’ day-to-day operations. 

In the cement industry, Babcock specialises in overseeing the management and maintenance of off-road and on-road vehicles, including their repair, servicing, procurement, monitoring, replacement and disposal. Babcock’s main experience in this sector is through supporting Lafarge’s Aggregates and Cement businesses in the UK, US and Canada. This began in 2011 and now covers almost 1000 Heavy Mobile Equipment (HME) assets at around 300 sites. 

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