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Holcim Services (South Asia) Limited To Deploy Trimble's Fleet Management And Visual Cargo Solutions To Improve Cement Distribution Logistics

Sunil Tewari, CEO, Holcim Services, ( South Asia) Limited commented, "Being a pioneer in the cement industry globally, our goal is to leverage and integrate innovative technologies such as GPS, RFID and Cloud computing to obtain a higher level of visibility into our enterprise supply chain. These technologies will allow us to create an enterprise framework to build a network operating center that seamlessly integrates logistics and business operations to deliver sustained productivity, visibility and safety improvements. We chose Trimble because of its proven expertise in successfully deploying large-scale Transportation & Logistics solutions and its ability to collaborate as a long-term partner."

"Transportation and logistics in India is a fast-growing, complex market with fragmented ownership of vehicles. Shippers are dependent on multiple transporters to deliver goods. This complexity triggered us to tailor an enterprise-class Fleet Management solution for transporters combined with the Visual Cargo solution to shippers. Its innovative access control mechanism offers trip-based visibility, alerting and reporting to relevant stakeholders across the supply chain," said Rajan Aiyer, Trimble's managing director for India. "We are excited to be working with Holcim, ACC and Ambuja on such a challenging project and look forward to a long-term relationship. We are confident that Trimble's solution can bring Holcim increased visibility and improved fleet management in the dynamic cement distribution market."

About Holcim

Founded in Switzerland in 1912, Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel). Holcim also supplies ready-mix concrete and asphalt, and provides related services.

Holcim is a global company employing over 80,000 people, with production sites in more than 70 countries. Holcim acquired significant positions in ACC Limited and Ambuja Cements Limited to obtain a strong foothold in the fast-growing South Asian cement market. For more information, visit:  www.holcim.com.

About ACC Limited

Established in 1936, ACC Limited is India's foremost cement manufacturer with a countrywide network of 17 modern cement factories, 50 ready mix concrete plants and numerous sales offices. It is among the largest customers of Indian Railways and a considerable user of the country's road transport network services for inward and outward movement of materials and products. Recognized for its unique track record of innovative research and product development, ACC's pioneering efforts in launching commercial distribution of Bulk cement and Ready Mix Concrete in India were responsible for redefining the pace and quality of construction activity in the country's cities and mega infrastructure projects. Recently the company commissioned one of the world's largest plants in Wadi, Karnataka, India. ACC is a preferred cement brand name in India. For more information, visit: www.acclimited.com.

About Ambuja Cements Limited

Ambuja Cements Limited (ACL), initially called Gujarat Ambuja Cements Limited., was founded in 1983 and commenced cement production in 1986. Holcim acquired management control of ACL in 2006. ACL has grown dynamically over the past decade. The Company has five integrated cement manufacturing plants and eight cement grinding units across the country. ACL enjoys a reputation of being one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly cement manufacturers in the world. ACL is the first Indian cement manufacturers to build a captive port with three terminals along the country's western coastline to facilitate timely, cost effective and environmentally cleaner shipments of bulk cement to its customers. The Company has its own fleet of ships. For more information, visit: www.ambujacement.com.

About Trimble's trako Visual Cargo Solution

Trimble's trako Visual Cargo is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that provides on-demand visibility—from loading to delivery location—of cargo vehicles using Trimble GPS devices. It is a single, common platform for supply chain stake holders, which include consigners, consignees, transporters and vehicle owners, to track and manage the movement of goods in transit to enhance operational efficiency and improve customer service.

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