A hot topic for the paper and packaging industry continues to be how digital technology and digital modernization can assist companies to move past selling products to providing sustainable and profitable products and an improved customer experience.
Paper and packaging are commodity businesses, BUT customers have individual needs regarding dimensions, grade, grammage (weight), and other characteristics of “their” products. To reduce cost and increase efficiency, in the past, companies used a mantra of larger lot sizes, process integration, and automation. Now - customer expectations have changed, sustainable and recyclable products are required, which were made on custom request but still at lowest possible cost. As if this was not challenging enough, companies are facing new challenges:
• Automation has already achieved a level of production that makes it difficult to increase further.
• Customers are still demanding higher value-add, higher service levels, and quicker delivery.
• Supply chain disruptions, exploding energy prices, and increasingly difficult access to raw materials will not end soon.
• Scarcity of skilled workers continues to hang around.
But relief can be seen on the horizon from digital technology:
• With labor frequently too expensive compared to low-margin products, the Intelligent Enterprise (using digital modernization) can help companies achieve more-efficient processes and higher customer value. For example, it is already common practice to use Industry 4.0 approaches such as AI or machine learning to analyze manufacturing data across machines and business systems to optimize product quality and avoid scrap.
• The application of intelligent technologies will spread from core value-creating processes, such as manufacturing and transportation, to all over the company to allow process improvement along the entire value chain.
• Services can comprise a substantial part of paper and packaging companies’ value and differentiation. Services can be delivered around individually customized products and enriched by digital information. For example, production process parameters, once correlated, can provide additional value such as use recommendations or offer a choice for minimizing the environmental footprint.
If you are interested to discuss these topics and more with colleagues from around the globe – consider coming to the 2022 International SAP Conference for Forest Products, Paper and Packaging in Madrid, Spain (27-29 September). Head over to the event website today to view our international speaker line-up in more detail.
The International Conference for Forest Products, Paper and Packaging will once again be co-located onsite with the International Conferences for Building Materials - Chemicals - and Mining & Metals. This means that joining one conference gets you access to all speakers and sessions at these other conferences.
Find out more:
• International SAP Conference for Building Materials
• International SAP Conference for Mining and Metals
• International SAP Conference for Chemicals
Featured speakers for the Forest Products, Paper and Packaging event include:
Mondi, Rainer Steffl, CIO
• Mondi’s Digital Journey – Where are we now, where have we come from, and what lies ahead?
Cenibra S.A, Ronaldo Neves Ribeiro, Telecommunications and IT Manager
• The First Pulp Company to Migrate to SAP S/4HANA 100% Remotely
Mayr-Melnhof Group, Jacqueline Wild, Head of Group Information Management
• Case Study: Mayr-Melnhof Group’s Multi-Year Business and IT Transformation – Building a Standardized, Efficient, Global and Scalable IT Service for the Future
CPH Chemie und Papier Holding A, Hans-Peter Aregge, CIO
• Handling an Enterprise Wide Cyber-Attack - How the CPH Group Mitigated the Impact of the Incident through a Resilient SAP Landscape
Koehler Paper, Jörg Padberg, Digital Coordinator
• Seizing New Opportunities in the Paper Industry Based on Integrated SAP Systems
Metsä Group ICT, Jyri Lankinen, Solution Owner, Mill Systems
• A Payback After the Very First Shift – Understand the Benefits of an Integrated Operations Management System at Metsä Group
Steinbeis Paper GmbH, Ulrich Middelberg, Head of IT
• Putting your Data into Use – Combining Production, MES and Commercial Data
Prinzhorn Holding, Juraj Vukic, Technical Project Lead
• Implementing SAP SuccessFactors: Prinzhorn’s Successful Approach
Come join us and network with your global peers in Madrid this September. Find out more here > or Register now>