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Abigroup awarded Five Star Contamination Control accreditation

17 March 2011

Caterpillar has presented Abigroup with an award to celebrate the company becoming the first in Australia to achieve Five Star Contamination Control (CC) accreditation.

At a ceremony in Sydney on 16 February Caterpillar’s Vice President Rob Charter presented a plaque to senior Abigroup management including Managing Director David Jurd, Executive Director Finance David Walker and General Manager Plant Richard French.

Implemented in a strategic partnership with Caterpillar and NSW Caterpillar Dealer, WesTrac, Abigroup’s Mt Kuring-gai workshop achieved the Five Star CC milestone in late 2010 following a rigorous verification audit.

The contamination control program is a tripartite arrangement between Caterpillar, the dealer and the customer to implement strict workshop cleanliness and work practices and involves the evaluation of 71 standards in 12 categories that are audited by a Caterpillar assessor before a star rating is calculated.

Richard said that Abigroup became involved in the program as a way of improving workshop efficiency.

“We’re always looking at innovative ways to improve our workshop efficiency and move us into the next tier of engine and plant rebuild process.

 “After the initial program and rigorous inspection we thought we can probably get to Four Star and we would have been happy, but we then realised that some of the new initiatives coming out of our central workshop could take us to the next level.”

Among these new initiatives was a change in mindset.

“There has been a real change in mindset - the way we plan and program our jobs and how our young apprentices plan, carry out and complete a job with a set regime that is needed to end up with a quality outcome,” said Richard.

“The guys that have been completing rebuilds and all the maintenance in the central workshop now have a very enviable re-work result – in fact it is nearly zero as compared to the past.

“Things like the labour time on rebuilds is coming down and we can now put time targets in place for rebuilds and achieve them time and time again.”

Abigroup's Richard French (centre) with the award.
Back row from left: Peter Brecht (Lend Lease Infrastructure), Jim Walker (WesTrac), Gavin Bentley (Cat), Colin McLeod (Abigroup).
Middle row: Rob Charter (Cat), David Jurd & David Walker (Abigroup).
At front is Fred Haynes (WesTrac).

WesTrac’s Chief Executive Jim Walker is sure the program will deliver long-term results for Abigroup.

“The environment Five Star CC creates is the sort of workplace young people want to work in and it means much greater workshop efficiency and productivity,” he said.

“It also introduces a great risk management mindset – people will act to reduce the likelihood of accidents.”

Abigroup is currently expanding 5-Star CC to its workshop facilities in Yatala in Queensland and is planning to implement it at the Truganina facility in Victoria.

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