Logistics

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Responsible Sourcing and Logistics Across Our Operation

INSEE Cement integrates sustainable development across all its operations including sourcing and logistics in Sri Lanka, identifying and addressing issues across our value chain pertaining to the environment and our social responsibility towards all stakeholders.

Sri Lanka’s First Palletizers

In 2018, INSEE Cement commissioned Sri Lanka’s first cement bag palletizer at the Galle Cement Plant, a crucial investment in sustainably strengthening the INSEE Cement value chain, and an additional upgrade to the health and safety standards of cement bag handlers at the plant. The palletizer also enabled INSEE to respond faster to market demand fluctuations through buffer stock management, improvement of truck fleet utilization, reduced customer waiting-time and decreased bag breakages. Following the strong efficiency rates, a second palletizer has been commissioned for the Puttalam Cement Plant.

Hybrid Logistics

Each year, INSEE Cement invests in eco-friendly and efficient modes of transportation to haul hundreds of tonnes of raw material to our plants and finished product to the market. With expansions carried out at the Ruhunu Cement Plant in Galle over the past few years, the necessity of raw materials that need to be unloaded at Galle Port has also increased. Galle Port naturally having a rock bed cannot increase the draft, which restricts maximum vessel capacity at 10,000MT. As an innovative solution to counter this logistics challenge, we introduced a Ship-to-Barge logistics model, where larger 50,000MT – 60,000MT vessels arrive at the Galle outer anchorage, as well as to the Hambantota/Colombo Ports, and transfer cargo into smaller barges of 2,000 MT for the shorter coastal voyage. Later we introduced direct unloading to shore at Hambantota/Colombo deep draft berths and road transfer using high capacity vehicles.

For our coal transfer operation from Trincomalee Port to Puttalam, we have introduced a warehouse model where we unload coal from vessels to a nearby open yard using ten wheel tippers, transferring them later to the plant from the yard using prime movers with open top containers. This model has resulted in a transition to zero road accidents while reducing loaded KMs by 60% compared to the previous operation. With 160 vehicles and counting, this coal transfer operation has directly contributed to the creation of 350+ jobs.

Express Logistic Centre Network

We have established an island-wide logistics network with centres at Kelaniya, Piliyandala, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Hambantota, Nuwara Eliya and Kadawatha based on consumer density to better service our customers. Identifying variables that are unique to cement logistics, we have equipped our network with cross docking and floating stocks on truck beds, enabling express logistics solutions to meet over 30% of the local cement demand through this operation. By partnering with third party logistics (3PL) companies across Sri Lanka to create better efficiencies across this operation, we have also directly created over 100 job opportunities through our logistics network.

Delivery and Pick Up Channels

We have made our end-to-end operation more lean and efficient by introducing delivery and pick-up channels for industrial customers. We have a near perfect delivery rate of almost 100% across our delivery channel, with a 90% on-time delivery rate to customer construction sites. With its remarkable success, the delivery channel has also been made available for retail bag deliveries to customer doorsteps, with 20% of all retail sales now being completed through the delivery channel.

Operating with 60 bulk carriers, 60 prime movers and 70 ten-wheelers, our rapidly growing delivery channel also provides milk run logistics in the local market, creating over 500 direct job opportunities for drivers, helpers as well as back office staff for partnering businesses.

Our pick up channel operates with a fulltime fleet of over 200 vehicles to enable customers with a direct pick up option from our logistics centres island-wide depending on their requirement and construction schedules. This operation has also created job opportunities for over 250 people.

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess fresh and hardened concrete properties

  • Specified Tests for Self-Compacting Concrete
    • Flow Table Test – BS EN 12350-5:2019
    • J-Ring Test – BS EN 12350-12:2010
    • V Funnel – BS EN 12350-09:2010
    • L Box – EN 12350
  • Slump test – BS EN 12350-2 and ASTM C143
  • Density of fresh concrete – ASTM C138
  • Air content in fresh concrete – ASTM 231
  • Concrete bleeding – ASTM 232
  • Concrete setting time – ASTM C403
  • Compressive Strength up to 180 MPa – Testing Machines (3000 & 4000KN) – Double the existing strength standards in Sri Lanka
  • NDT for Compressive Strength up to 130 MPa – Impact Rebound Hammers – Double the existing equipment capacity in Sri Lanka
  • Flexural Strength – ASTM C78 / BS EN 12390-5-2019
  • Splitting Resistance – ASTM C-496 / EN 12390-6 / EN 1338
  • Concrete Specimen Grinding Machine – BS EN 12390-2 2019/ ASTM D4543

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess and ensure your aggregate grade meets the demand and requirement of your concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Blue™ – Assess clay content as key quality indicator for manufactured and natural pit sand
    • INSEE Shape™ – Assess the grain shape particles as key quality indicator for manufactured sand
  • Coarse and fine aggregate particles size distribution – ASTM C136 / C136M – 19 & BS EN 933-1
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Coarse Aggregates – ASTM C127-12
  • Aggregate Impact Value (AIV) – BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Flakiness Index & Elongation Index – BS EN 933-3:2012
  • Soundness Test of Aggregates – SN EN 206-1
  • Aggregate Crushing Value (ACV)- BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Test – ASTM C 131-06

A range of tests to assess properties of fresh concrete that go beyond the traditional ‘slump test’, improving the quality and consistency of concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Flow™
    • INSEE Heat™
    • INSEE Color™
    • INSEE ConTemp™
  • ICAR Rheometer for paste, mortar & concrete toassess pumpability, flow resistance, thickness, slump retention, admixtures compatibility
  • Grout for Pre-Stressing Tendons – BS EN 445 2007
  • Electrical Conductivity for paste & mortar
  • Cementometer™ latest microwave technology for the determination of fresh concrete water to cement w/c ratio

Advanced testing with durability indicators to optimize structural performance and extend the service life of concrete structures exposed to severe environments.

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - ASTM C1202
  • Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Hardened Concrete - ASTM C1760-12
  • Specific Resistivity - RILEM TC154 - AASHTO T358
  • Concrete Carbonation - Swiss SIA 262-1/1 CEN/TS 12390-12
  • O2 Permeability - RILEM 116-PCD CEMBUREAU Method
  • Capillary Water Absorption/ Sorptivity - Swiss SIA 262/1:2013 ASTM C1585-04
  • Initial Surface Absorption (ISAT) - BS 1881 Part 5
  • Water Permeability - EN 12390-8:2000
  • Concrete Sulphate Resistance - SIA 262-1/A