Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Holcim Switzerland are collaborating in trials at Holcim’s Gabenchopf quarry in Siggenthal.
“This project show-cases a sustainable transport solution that is commercially viable and combines the technology shifts of connectivity, automation and electrification,” says Nils Jaeger,pPresident of Volvo Autonomous Solutions. “Through a strong partnership with Holcim Switzerland this will happen in a real environment driven by two committed companies dedicated to jointly presenting the future.”
Simon Kronenberg, CEO of Holcim Switzerland and Italy, adds: “Our participation in this project represents another step towards fulfilling our sustainability objectives: we seek solutions that are both innovative and environmentally responsible and we are constantly investing in measures to reduce our ecological footprint in order to help build a sustainable future.”
With the cement and concrete industry under such pressure over its massive carbon bootprint, Holcim has been using 100% renewable electrical energy at all of its sites since 2019, it says, and makes a point of using only green energy for electrically powered vehicles such as the electric concrete truck mixers that are already in use.
As part of a wider initiative, Holcim is also testing automation technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence throughout the entire production process in a bid to develop solutions for more efficient and more sustainable cement production.
Nils Jaeger concludes: “Volvo’s ambition is nothing less but to bring the future of infrastructure and transport solutions to our customers in a commercially viable way, and this innovative commercial project represents the next phase of this journey.”