Sebastian, you organized Xella's first Silka transport from Serbia to Romania via the Danube, saving a lot of CO2 compared to road transport. How did you experience this trip?
I really enjoyed it! It was very challenging, but in the end very satisfying because we saved both costs and CO2 consumption. It all started from our motto that we strongly believe in "efficient, affordable and sustainable" solutions. With a customer-focused strategy, the supply chain plays an important role and can ensure a sustainable future. I can say that the real challenge was to coordinate all the parties involved in the process, so that everything runs smoothly. In such a process, you must consider several aspects: financial, human and equipment resources. It is a whole chain that needs to be carefully developed and monitored.
I want to take on my next challenge by immediatly reinitiating this project. Using the lessons learned from the first Danube transport, we will identify opportunities for enhancement: there is always room for improvement, to increase the efficiency and quality of this process.
What do you do in your job as a logistics manager?
With the help of my team, I take care of all the business lines in Romania related to the transport of materials from external partners, as well as the final product that we transport to our customers in warehouses or on construction sites. In Romania, Xella has three plants of autoclaved aerated concrete and one lime plant, all with different specifications, and until a few months ago, we had two other precast plants with special overweight transports. When I joined Xella in 2019, these different areas have attracted me, and it is still exciting. We organize more than 15,000 transports a year.
What fascinates you about your job?
I got into logistics more than ten years ago - I've always been fascinated by the dynamics of the industry. Having trucks on the road and moving products every day keeps you active. I like making decisions on the fly. There is no time to hesitate. I worked for many years in international transport in Europe, and as a Transportation Safety Advisor, I had expertise in different types of transports such as ADR - dangerous goods, oversized or overweight goods and food tankers.
What do you like about transporting our building materials at Xella?
Construction materials are just as important as other types of products in other industries, and they require a lot of attention and care. Things are always changing and we need to adapt very quickly to achieve our goals. I’m always looking and monitoring different types of KPIs - Key Performance Indicators - from the supply chain and logistics, such as order accuracy, lead time, capacity utilization, delivery time, transportation cost etc.