India’s second largest cement-maker ACC is introducing business practices that are an integral part of Swiss cement giant Holcim’s global operations.
Holcim holds around 43 per cent stake in ACC.
In an effort to infuse new life to its knowledge-based training programmes, the move is widely seen as an attempt to align its policies with Holcim. As a result of the understanding between the two companies, ACC on Thursday reopened one of its training centres — the Moolgaokar Technical Institute, named after ACC founder Dr Moolgaokar — that was closed three years ago.
The Indian cement major is planning to spend close to Rs 8 crore for knowledge initiatives and has recently roped in Dr Rajan Mehrorta, who was a former ILO head honcho, as chief knowledge officer to spearhead the new initiatives.
The training institute, located in Madhya Pradesh, will have a new curriculum in sync with global technological advancements. “We are giving special thrust to people development, learning, sharing of knowledge and best practices and learning,” ACC managing director Sumit Banerjee said.
After acquiring a controlling stake in ACC and Ambuja Cements, Holicm has been providing advanced training at its other global locations to employees of both the Indian companies.
ACC has also redesigned programmes at its regional training centre in Jamul, Chattisgarh and is setting up a state-of-the-art learning centre at its Thane complex.
Rapid cement capacity expansions could be behind ACC’s renewed thrust on training, said an industry source.
The Indian cement sector has lined up capacity expansions to the tune of 100 million mt over the next five years.