French recycling company chose Transics’ eco driving programme, TX‑ECO, to optimise its operations. In the space of a few short months, it experienced a significant reduction in fuel consumption.
Guy Dauphin Environnement (GDE), one of France’s leading recycling companies, treats and recycles waste, mainly ferrous materials. The company, including its transport subsidiary, employs 1,400 persons and turned over 1.1 billion euros in 2013.
The operations of GDE are spread over 80 sites, throughout France, and focus on three main pillars:
- Handling and collection of the waste of companies, authorities and households.
- Waste recycling – 90% ferrous and 10% non-ferrous metals, giving a total of 2.8 million tonnes per year.
- Sales of recycled products – mainly targeting the steel and metal-using industries.
Committed to optimising upstream logistics
The logistics activities of GDE can be categorised in two models: transport and handling before (upstream) and after (downstream) recycling.
While GDE relies on its own fleet, composed of 346 trucks, for upstream distribution, the downstream distribution is done by subcontractors. The cost for the upstream logistics activities amounts to EUR 3,500,000 per month, an amount that GDE wanted to reduce by enhancing its delivery times and reducing fuel consumption.
In the beginning of 2013, GDE called on Transics to help it optimise the upstream processes. In just six weeks, the company’s 346 vehicles were equipped with Transics’ fleet management solutions and the TX-ECO eco driving programme.
Gaining control of its own fleet was a must, yet also a big challenge for GDE. The company selected Transics’ fleet management solution and TX-ECO driving programme, as it was confident that the features for duty time follow-up, tracking and tracing / geolocalisation and eco driving would be of great help to optimise its fleet management.
Great benefits, both immediate and in the long term
Today, the fleet management software indeed helps GDE better control the duty times for both transport and handling operations, thus fostering a better deployment of the fleet.
The eco driving strategy, for its part, has led to substantial savings in fuel consumption. TX-ECO, Transics’ eco driving programme, provides GDE with insight into the driving behaviour of each driver and each vehicle: the emergency brakes, idling, the number of revolutions or the distance driven freewheeling. To encourage the drivers to commit to eco driving and truly enhance their driving behaviour, GDE initiated a “driver challenge” programme. The result: GDE has already managed to cut its fuel consumption by 4.95% compared to the same period last year (September to January). Moreover, the company believes that it will be able to further reduce costs, in the longer term, as the adapted driving behaviour will help reduce the wear of brakes, tires and other materials.
“Our transport costs make up a large part of our operating costs, so we really want full control over these expenses, more so as part of our logistics is done by subcontractors,” says Philippe James, International Transports Manager at GDE. “It is crucial to closely monitor the costs and take action in the part that we can control, i.e. the upstream supply chain. Transics’ fleet management solution has quickly proven its worth and confirms, day in day out, that we have made the right choice.”
“It was very interesting to us to find a solution for GDE, which does part of its logistics in-house. We are proud to help the company establish a smart logistics strategy and optimise its fleet management,” adds Loïc Kervella, Commercial Manager of Transics France.
Founded by the Dauphin family over a century ago in Normandy (France), Guy Dauphin Environnement is a family company that specialises in recycling. With headquarters in Rocquancourt (Calvados) and a network of over 80 sites, equipped with the most advanced and powerful installations in the sector, GDE is a pioneer in recycling and one of the market leaders in France. GDE, including its transport subsidiary, employs 1,400 persons and recycles and recovers around 3 million tonnes of waste materials per year. GDE is committed to recycle ever more material, and better. Thanks to this continuous recycling cycle, it greatly fosters the re-use of waste materials. GDE is the French subsidiary of the ENCORE group, a waste management expert for companies and authorities.
Transics International NV, a WABCO company, was established in 1991. Transics develops and commercialises fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sector. Due to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become a European leader in its sector and is working on its global expansion. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (NYSE Euronext Brussels: TRAN) since June 2007.